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    Massage Gun Recommendations??

    Hi, hope this is the right forum to ask, but besides the Theragun and the Hypervolt (and a homemade jigsaw), has anyone tried a massage gun that they really like? Looking for something to assist recovery. Thanks in advance.
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    Yeah, alternatives I'm not sure about.... but the Hypervolt works well..... I didn't want to risk a jigsaw blade breaking off.... and didn't see much point in wasting a good milwaukee tool as a massage gun. I do like the different heads as well. Mind you, it's not a cure all device, but it works well for me.
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    My wife bought a super-cheap knock-off 1 for my teenaged son & it actually works surprisingly well and feels good. As for how long it lasts, we'll see about that.
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    I have one that i used for years called the "Thumper" just like my chiropractor used.
    Recently got one of the hyper volt knock offs and like it much better.
    From what i understand these are made at the same factor they just don't have the name hyper volt on the devise.
    Worth it IMO and you can get one for around $120 dollars.
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    Originally Posted by rpark View Post
    Yeah, alternatives I'm not sure about.... but the Hypervolt works well..... I didn't want to risk a jigsaw blade breaking off.... and didn't see much point in wasting a good milwaukee tool as a massage gun. I do like the different heads as well. Mind you, it's not a cure all device, but it works well for me.
    I did just that with a brand new Milwaukee jigsaw. A couple of minutes out the box and I had the tool in pieces to remove the adjustable shoe. I bought one of those percussion massage adapter kits off eBay that took 2 weeks to arrive from China IIRC. $100 all-in considering I got the jigsaw for around $85 new. The variable speed trigger is so good. Only negative is that it's loud, but we always have the music blasting and a huge warehouse fan going in the summer time so noise is a non-issue to me.
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    I'll put my two cents in here as I currently own 3 separate units:
    1. Hyperice Hypervolt
    2. Milwaukee M12 Jigsaw with Mobility Bit
    3. Knockoff Hypervolt

    They all have their advantages and disadvantages.

    A jigsaw plus mobility bit (or DIY bit) is usually the cheapest route if you already own a jigsaw.
    - Upsides: Power (generally more power than dedicated massager), price (if you already own a jigsaw)
    - Downsides: Noise (much louder), some units have triggers with no trigger locks which mean that you will have difficulty self-massaging certain areas while holding a trigger, harder to lock in certain speed depressing a trigger, have to remove parts to function better as massager than traditional jigsaw (I had to remove a plastic guard and some other part)

    Hyperice Hypervolt
    - Upsides: Decent power (between knockoff and M12), trusted brand, relatively quiet, speed settings set by button
    - Downsides: Price (most expensive option), still not that quiet compared to knockoff, 3 speeds vs. 6 of knockoff

    Knockoff Hypervolt
    - Upsides: Price (you can find them for $50-100 now), quiet (it's definitely quieter than my hypervolt and WAY quieter than the jigsaw), speed settings set by button, 6 speeds
    - Downsides: Least power, Up and down movement of jigsaw is not nearly the depth of the jigsaw or hypervolt, undetermined reliability

    If I had just bought the knockoff, I would probably not know any better and would keep it. But having the two other options, the knockoff really lacks power. It does go up and down, but not nearly to the degree of the other two. It's more vibrating with some up and down.
    But having the other two, I'm keeping the Hypervolt.

    Originally Posted by boxer_for_life View Post
    The variable speed trigger is so good.
    Disagree. I don't think these units should have triggers on them at all, especially if you are using them for personal use. If you have to hold the trigger and hit your own pec or shoulder, it puts you into a very uncomfortable wrist position unless you reverse it up and use your thumb on the trigger. Ideally, the unit should be able to stay on without any trigger manipulation - i.e. hit a button to get it to a certain power and then it stays on. That's one of the reasons I much prefer a dedicated massage unit to my M12 jigsaw + bit.
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    Originally Posted by Garage Rat View Post
    I have one that i used for years called the "Thumper" just like my chiropractor used.
    Recently got one of the hyper volt knock offs and like it much better.
    From what i understand these are made at the same factor they just don't have the name hyper volt on the devise.
    Worth it IMO and you can get one for around $120 dollars.
    Do you know what the knockoff brand you got was?
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    I was once a licensed massage therapist and already owned quite a few massage guns. The bob and brad is pro the best (and a fraction of the cost). I've had the theragun, hypervolt, kraft, etc. I held off on buying these when they first became a thing because I didn't think it was that useful and boy was I wrong. The percussive therapy increases blood flow to the area, improves range of motion, gets rid of lactic acid build up in the site, and essentially aids in overriding pain signals to the brain.
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    My wife bought 3 of these, we gave one to each of my parents. We've been using ours almost daily for almost a year. They're all still working far as we know. I love it, let's me squat so much more often, long as I use it on my inner thighs after squat days.

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    This is King of the Mountain, everything else pales in comparison. I almost bought one years ago when they were $1800. Then all of a sudden people realized how good they were and they shot up in price.

    It's intense but worth it. Around eight years ago, I think it was 4 or 5 30 minute sessions at $40 a pop at a therapist's office in Santa Monica cleared up a bad sciatica problem I had related to running.

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    I know you said “besides” the Theragun, but I’ve had mine for about two months now and I have to say that it’s pretty darned good. I haven’t compared to any others, but I have zero complaints about it.

    The app it comes with, on the other hand, kind of sucks. ;P
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    I would say I love my Urikar AT1 and Pro 3. Considering to buy a Tantronic.
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