I was all set to get the Powertec cage for $500 when I saw an open or half cage from Body Solid at the store today. I really like the open design of this model. It has a slightly lower overall weight rating that the full cage, 1000# vs. 750#, but it should still be plenty heavy enough for me. Here are my thoughts. Tell me what I may have missed and give me your thoughts/recommendations. I've attached pics of the open/half cage as well as the full cage.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you guys can offer.
Half cage: ~$450
+ open design, more room for squats
+ wider base, more stable
+ weight tree built in
+ can be used for squats, bench press, seated/standing military press, curls, shrugs, stiff leg deadlift
- no chinning bar (but I can either chin from a bar in the top rack or bolt a chinning bar to my joists)
- safety bars are not likely as strong as solid rods on cage
- although wider, it weighs a little less than the full cage, so there might be more 'wiggle room.'
Full cage: ~$500
+ can do all exercise that I can do on th ehalf cage, plus chins and possibly dios if I add dipping bars to the cage
+ more likely a little more solid due to the weight and the design, i.e. 'enclosed/reinforced box.'
- spacing in between uprights can be a little tight on some cages. My present cage (cheap model) has 30" inbetween the uprights. Powertec and some others are only 25" between the posts.