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    I can't say I've ever had a problem with the length of my Ironmasters. I've benched the 100 lb configuration and felt it was a normal length. I think if you're one of those guys that wants 150 lb dumbbells for whatever you're doing, there's probably a product out there that serves your need better anyways.

    In any case, increasing the diameter of the IM plates to 7 inches vs 6.5 wouldn't likely deter anyone from purchasing them.
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    I sent to fabricate a pair of spinlock handles, grip 30mm diameter (not 1''), 22 inches long, knurling, and chrome finishing. (Overall; better quality, compared to the standard 14'' spinlocks). The pair cost me around USD 50, about 4 years ago.
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    Originally Posted by vic84875 View Post
    I sent to fabricate a pair of spinlock handles, grip 30mm diameter (not 1''), 22 inches long, knurling, and chrome finishing. (Overall; better quality, compared to the standard 14'' spinlocks). The pair cost me around USD 50, about 4 years ago.
    Who did you get to do this for you?
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    Originally Posted by BloodType3R View Post
    Who did you get to do this for you?
    For convinience; i use a local bars/dumbbells manufacturer. They have access to all the parts (collars), machines, and third parties involved (chrome), and they do not need a very detailed blue print, with a detailed pertinent explanation. Try contact a bar/dumbbell manufacturer close to you. I do not live in the US, i can not recommend you a particular company, close to you, just general info.
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    Originally Posted by vic84875 View Post
    I sent to fabricate a pair of spinlock handles, grip 30mm diameter (not 1''), 22 inches long, knurling, and chrome finishing. (Overall; better quality, compared to the standard 14'' spinlocks). The pair cost me around USD 50, about 4 years ago.
    Can you post some photos?
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    Hey. I was wondering what the best brand of adjustable dumbbells would be for long term use? I've been reading up here and I'd never actually considered length to be an issue, but I see now just how important that can be. Somehow, I'm tempted to think "dumbbells are dumbbells" but there must be something more. Should I consider anything more?

    And I'm really sorry if this is a noob question. But I am actually a bit of a noob... heh heh. hehhhhh...
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    Originally Posted by Webion1 View Post
    Hey. I was wondering what the best brand of adjustable dumbbells would be for long term use? I've been reading up here and I'd never actually considered length to be an issue, but I see now just how important that can be. Somehow, I'm tempted to think "dumbbells are dumbbells" but there must be something more. Should I consider anything more?

    And I'm really sorry if this is a noob question. But I am actually a bit of a noob... heh heh. hehhhhh...
    How heavy do you need them to be? Length (and size in other dimensions too) only really becomes and issue when the dumbbells get very heavy.

    There have been several recommendations for Ironmaster in this thread; that's what I have. I like them.

    Another good choice is PowerBlock. They adjust more quickly, but look and feel somewhat different than a traditional dumbbell.
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    I think the weight should be able to go up to maybe around 50-60 lbs. Higher than that, I'll probably get fixed ones.

    I think I'll look into ironmaster. Thanks for the lead.
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    Originally Posted by Webion1 View Post
    I think the weight should be able to go up to maybe around 50-60 lbs. Higher than that, I'll probably get fixed ones.

    I think I'll look into ironmaster. Thanks for the lead.
    The base Ironmaster kit goes to 75lbs per dumbbell. Add on kits are available for 120lbs and 165lbs.

    I've done dumbbell bench with up to 105lbs per dumbbell. They're long but still manageable at that weight.
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    I had been using extra long Spin-Lock standard dumbbell handles from new York Barbell, and using Power Hooks, suspending the dumbbells from an olympic bar held in squat stands overhead, and doing heavy dumbbell incline presses this way. I got really tired of how long it took to change plates etc between sets, and for flat presses, the ends of the handles would bite too hard into the tops of my thights when attempting to load them onto my legs and kick them into place.

    I just recently ordered 4 pairs of heavy solid dumbbells from Allison Foreman at York Barbell, a pair each of York Legecy Round Heads in 100s, 125s, 135s, and 150s for heavy dumbbell presses. These should arrive by the end of the month. No more changing the plates delays between sets, and the dumbbells themselves have a smooth, flat end for ease and comfort when loading them onto the tops of your thighs to be kicked into place when laying down on a flat bench for heavy dumbbell presses.

    It can be expensive to go this way, but it really increases the quality of the workout IMHO, as this is what I used to use when working out at a YMCA 40 miles from me. Dumbbell presses were an awesome suppliment to my bench press back then, and I came to realize that it is too important a movement for me to have compromised by inferior equipement.
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    Originally Posted by morebarbell View Post
    Can you post some photos?
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    Picture. Better late than never.

    One loaded, one unloaded.
    One regular 14'' spinlock and some 20kg plates; for scale/size comparision.

    Again, for the price, i am quite happy.
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    Originally Posted by vic84875 View Post


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    Picture. Better late than never.

    One loaded, one unloaded.
    One regular 14'' spinlock and some 20kg plates; for scale/size comparision.

    Again, for the price, i am quite happy.
    Thanks for the photo! They look nice.

    I have some 1 1/16 inch dumbbell handles from Ivanko. I like them a lot better than the 1" handles.
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