Well, I have upgraded from my old ghetto GoldsGym PowerFlex to a new Power Rack. I am still a total weak newb, but am willing to step up to the next step in my quest to get in shape. I have lost 30# and need to lose about 20# more, but I also need to start lifting especially when I am done dropping the pounds. Anyway this thread is about my new rack, so you can read more about me and why I need my rack here:
I researched alot for racks and found a Tuff Stuff dealer in an hour from my house and picked it up myself. Although this rack may cost more than others, it has alot of nice stuff and is Solid.
I wanted the quick-release pins spotter arms rather than the long rod type. This also has hooks on the front of the spotter arms. Also are a set of forward facing hooks on the back posts and two more on the forward facing and rear facing posts on the arms. It seems nice to me to have all these options for the hooks/ bar positions. These can all be located via 2" spacing on the holes which are numbered.
I opted for the plate loaded Upper/Lower Lat Tower as well. I wanted the plate loaded, but they were out. The tower is set far enough back that the issues with incline presses in the rack should not be a problem as some people have claimed on other set-ups. The rest is fairly standard stuff like a pull up bar, etc.
My package deal included the Tuff stuff Rack with Lat Tower, Tuff Stuff FID Bench with a leg attachment and a 300# olymoic weight set. I swapped the 7' bar for a 6'. All this for $1500 out the door after tax. Not bad really.
Here are some pics. The set-up is in my garage. I still need to get some rubber floor mats for the concrete floor. The store was out, but they are cheaper online anyway.
One last thing to mention is that the assemply instructions are fairly detailed with steps and pictures and all of this went together in about 4 hours by myself. I mention this because I have others speak of crappy instructions or lack of with other manufacturers stuff. Although everything went smooth, I am missing a pulley for the lower part of the Lat tower, so I cannot use the lower/rowing portion until Tuff Stuff sends me the missing pulley. An inconvenience, but no bug deal considering there was probably about 500 pices total if I include fasteners/hardware for all of this.
If anybody has any questions on this rack, I will do what I can to answer, but I am new to all this and do not know much. I used all your knowledge to help me get this far and I'll be back for more regarding lifting now.