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    Originally Posted by quiksilverhill View Post
    A used gym equipment store near me has one of these Hammer Strength racks on consignment at $750. I'm badly in need of a rack......would this be a good pickup at that price? From the picture, it looks to be in pretty good shape.
    does it include the bench? if yes, i'd grab it. maybe that's just me.
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    Originally Posted by ninjaneer View Post
    does it include the bench? if yes, i'd grab it. maybe that's just me.
    Unfortunately no bench or I would have been all over it.
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    Originally Posted by quiksilverhill View Post
    A used gym equipment store near me has one of these Hammer Strength racks on consignment at $750. I'm badly in need of a rack......would this be a good pickup at that price? From the picture, it looks to be in pretty good shape.
    If it's in good shape then it's a good price IMO. I'd go check it out if you need a rack, just make sure you know how high your ceiling is and measure the rack to make sure it'll fit.

    I looked at that rack when I was debating over which rack to upgrade from my ptec rack last summer. The only 2 negatives I thought were the hole spacing (a little too big), and the lack of a sumo base. Otherwise it's a very heavy duty well built piece, it'll last forever in someones home.
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    Originally Posted by jcervini View Post
    Hi,
    Looking for a power rack and came across this one from Bayou Fitness. Anyone familiar with it?

    I tried to search this thread and could not find any references too it.

    Bayou Fitness Power-Cage 4430


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    Originally Posted by Jimbo. View Post
    It looks like the Bodycraft cage, not sure why they would advertise it differently. Either way you can find that cage for less than that.

    http://www.bayoufitness.com/bayou-fi...ge-e-4430-1183



    I don't think that's a Bodycraft, I'm sure it isnt actually. The Bodycraft doesn't have hooks on the front of the machine, its hooks don't look like that at all, and it uses 2x3 posts...not 2x2.

    It might be a house brand that they had made, but it definitely is a copy of the Bodycraft as it does have some similarities.

    I think there is one guy that has that rack that posts here, bought it last year. He seems to like it, but that's the only word I've seen on it.

    That is way too much money for that rack, imo. The Bodycraft is $600 and another $80 for extra bar hooks and dip bars. Still $100 less than that one and you know what you're getting.
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    Hey guys, Just found a powerline power rack (PPR200X)on craigslist for $160. How much can this rack hold? I'm hoping at least 500 lbs but I can't seem to find a rating online. Seems like a steal and I may consider this rack for now.
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    Originally Posted by Xtian View Post
    Hey guys, Just found a powerline power rack (PPR200X)on craigslist for $160. How much can this rack hold? I'm hoping at least 500 lbs but I can't seem to find a rating online. Seems like a steal and I may consider this rack for now.
    I can't find the actual rating either but I would think it'd be safe with 500lbs, although if you don't weight it down or bolt it down I'm not sure how good it'll be against tipping or sliding depending on the situation.

    The actual rack itself is a pretty simple bottom end power rack, $160 isn't a super deal, but if it's in really good shape it's just a tad over 50% of retail price so it'd be an ok buy. If it's close enough and you need a rack in that budget range it's worth checking out I guess.

    There's some decent reviews on amazon and the best price I found new is at jesup's gym:

    http://www.amazon.com/Powerline-PPR2.../dp/B000VLRVSC

    http://www.jesupgym.com/products.php?cid=13

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    Originally Posted by darkfact View Post
    I can't find the actual rating either but I would think it'd be safe with 500lbs, although if you don't weight it down or bolt it down I'm not sure how good it'll be against tipping or sliding depending on the situation.

    The actual rack itself is a pretty simple bottom end power rack, $160 isn't a super deal, but if it's in really good shape it's just a tad over 50% of retail price so it'd be an ok buy. If it's close enough and you need a rack in that budget range it's worth checking out I guess.

    There's some decent reviews on amazon and the best price I found new is at jesup's gym:

    http://www.amazon.com/Powerline-PPR2.../dp/B000VLRVSC

    http://www.jesupgym.com/products.php?cid=13

    Good luck dude.
    Thanks for your input! I'll check out the racks that you have recommended
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    I'm looking to get a new rack, and in looking at all of them out there I have a question for the current users. Does the back lower cross-beam (?) that braces the left and right sides together and lays flat on the floor inhibit you from moving your bench in to do decline bench work? It looks to me like a rack with walk through frame may be better as it will not prohibit you from sliding your bench back further. bolting the rack down is not an issue for me, so having the lower cross-beam there doesn't matter one way or the other. I would just like to know if it's a pain to those current users out there.
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    Originally Posted by mjnmj View Post
    I'm looking to get a new rack, and in looking at all of them out there I have a question for the current users. Does the back lower cross-beam (?) that braces the left and right sides together and lays flat on the floor inhibit you from moving your bench in to do decline bench work? It looks to me like a rack with walk through frame may be better as it will not prohibit you from sliding your bench back further. bolting the rack down is not an issue for me, so having the lower cross-beam there doesn't matter one way or the other. I would just like to know if it's a pain to those current users out there.
    I think it depends on your bench. I used to have a powertec rack and I could do decline work, but I couldn't do incline work. I no have a new rack with the rear a brace that is a few inches off the ground so it's no problem.
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    Originally Posted by captainmorgan0 View Post
    I think it depends on your bench. I used to have a powertec rack and I could do decline work, but I couldn't do incline work. I no have a new rack with the rear a brace that is a few inches off the ground so it's no problem.
    I guess I should have mentioned my bench. I have a Hoist 4165 FID bench. Anyone else had issues with this bencch and racks with the bottom rear brace?
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    Active Fitness Power Rack

    Anyone familiar with a company called "Active Fitness"? The attached picture is the rack in question... i can't seem to find any information on it, which kinda tells me to steer away lol. seeing if anyone has additional info, or if it's a company that was bought out by another or something.
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    I hope I am posting this in the right thread...

    I've noticed many people say one can't do incline work with the powertec power rack - could someone elaborate why?

    MOST importantly: is this a reason not to buy this rack? I have been trying to research this model but just don't feel confident about spending the $1400 dollars (bench, power rack, lat attachment). Has anyone bought it directly from the power tec company?

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    Originally Posted by a508848 View Post
    I hope I am posting this in the right thread...

    I've noticed many people say one can't do incline work with the powertec power rack - could someone elaborate why?

    MOST importantly: is this a reason not to buy this rack? I have been trying to research this model but just don't feel confident about spending the $1400 dollars (bench, power rack, lat attachment). Has anyone bought it directly from the power tec company?

    If someone who owns all 3 wouldn't mind sending me a PM to answer some of my questions I'd so much appreciate it.
    I've read that too, but I owned a powetec rack for several years up until last year. I had the powertec bench for most of that time and the ironmaster superbench for the last several months that I had it. I did incline benches no problem so I'm not sure what benches people are using that are having problems but those 2 benches worked for me.

    I didn't own the lat pulldown attachment, I've read you really need to be about 5'10" or less to be able to use it with full range of motion, so being 6' I never bothered with it.
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    Originally Posted by darkfact View Post
    I've read that too, but I owned a powetec rack for several years up until last year. I had the powertec bench for most of that time and the ironmaster superbench for the last several months that I had it. I did incline benches no problem so I'm not sure what benches people are using that are having problems but those 2 benches worked for me.

    I didn't own the lat pulldown attachment, I've read you really need to be about 5'10" or less to be able to use it with full range of motion, so being 6' I never bothered with it.
    Thanks for your reply! Does anyone know why bodybuilding.com, amazon and modells stopped carrying powertec's rack all around the same time (some reason to be concerned about)? Anything wrong with buying it directly from the company (anyone with any experience ?)?
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    They are doing a refresh of their products. I believe the rack model # pr-11 instead of pr-10. There was a thread with a powertec rep talking about it. I had issues doing incline work because of the j hooks being short and my super bench being too long. I fixed this by buying jumbo hooks from nybb
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    how is powertec??

    how is the customer service, and the quality? Wanted to get this as my first rack.
    I would post the link but it says I dont have 30 posts yet, but it is at the powertec site and the basic cage cost $549, I was thinking about ordering it from their site.
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    Originally Posted by mjnmj View Post
    I guess I should have mentioned my bench. I have a Hoist 4165 FID bench. Anyone else had issues with this bencch and racks with the bottom rear brace?
    i have the hoist 4165 as well. I use it with my powertec rack all the time. I have no problem with incline and decline work. The bench doesn't work so well for shoulder presses though. I tried to put the bench in backwards and lift off the front uprights, but that still doesn't work though.

    But I found an easy fix for this though, as long as you don't have the lat attachment and your rack is about 12" away from the wall, then you can just lift the back of the bench over the bottom rear crossbeam of the rack. This will allow you to get the bench far enough back to perform a barbell shoulder press off of the rear uprights. This is what I do. You can do this with other racks as well, as long as there isn't a lat tower attachment in your way...
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    Originally Posted by devlin182 View Post
    i have the hoist 4165 as well. I use it with my powertec rack all the time. I have no problem with incline and decline work. The bench doesn't work so well for shoulder presses though. I tried to put the bench in backwards and lift off the front uprights, but that still doesn't work though.

    But I found an easy fix for this though, as long as you don't have the lat attachment and your rack is about 12" away from the wall, then you can just lift the back of the bench over the bottom rear crossbeam of the rack. This will allow you to get the bench far enough back to perform a barbell shoulder press off of the rear uprights. This is what I do. You can do this with other racks as well, as long as there isn't a lat tower attachment in your way...
    Would anyone mind commenting on how involved is it to change the height of the spotters and the j-hooks? Does it take a lot of time in between exercises? Can both be adjusted to any height desired (within the hole spacing limit of course) ?
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    I placed an order for the powertec power rack, powertec utility bench, york olympic bar and 300lbs of weights. It looks like that I'll be waiting for my power rack for over a month
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    Originally Posted by gregsfc View Post
    This PM 3800 rack is so under he radar. I have trouble finding any reviews/ info on it. You says that it is a really new rack? And also you said they are coming out with attachments soon? Where did you find this information? I would love a leg curl extension. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
    Sorry for the late response. I've not been online much lately except for paying bills. I have some links for you but forum won't let newbies post them.

    I called Impex (1-800-999-8899) in the middle of January inquiring about an Apex Lat21, lat-down bar that I found at exercisetrail dot com. I then wanted to find out if it was compatible with the PM 3800 bench. She told me that the Apex Lat21 is compatible with any Marcy bench but one must first have a leg developer for the bench, so that the Lat21 would connect. She said that the leg developers could be ordered only through Impex directly.

    A few days later, I called Impex back to order a leg developer. I was then told that the leg developer, or any other attachment, was not yet available for the PM 3800, but that attachments would be sold @ Marcy dealers in a couple of months.

    So, I don't know what attachments will be available for the PM 3800 bench, except that, at a minimum, a leg developer will be available, however, they will not be available directly from impex but, rather, from the stores that sale Marcy equipment. They should be available sometime in March.

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    I recently bought the Marcy (Impex) PM-3800 at a local sporting goods store and am quite happy with it. They didn't have a leg developer yet-- as you found out -- but I found one at Fitness Showrooms (made by Hudson Steel Company) that works just fine with a modification. Check out the video that I made for YouTube on the product -- The first 3 minutes or so is just a parody of the recent Planet Fitness commercials ... then I get down to the nitty gritty of the PM-3800.

    Since this is my first post , I just saw a warning that I could not post any images or links until I reach 30 or more posts .. (!) So ... go on youtube or Google and search for Marcy PM-3800 review and it should pop up ; I'm the guy sitting at the table with the red tank top on.

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    This is an interesting thread.

    I've had my power rack for about a month now and I love it. I don't know how I went so long without one.

    Mine's a Northern Lights one with a matching bench. I know some aren't keen on this particular one because of the apparent lighter gauge steel used, but I'm never going to put 500lbs (or even 300, for that matter) of weight on it. The quick release pins are great for changing positions.

    I'd been looking for about two months. I checked out the Powertec, but didn't like the chinning bar at all. I found this one locally on Kijiji.
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    Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
    This is an interesting thread.

    I've had my power rack for about a month now and I love it. I don't know how I went so long without one.

    Mine's a Northern Lights one with a matching bench. I know some aren't keen on this particular one because of the apparent lighter gauge steel used, but I'm never going to put 500lbs (or even 300, for that matter) of weight on it. The quick release pins are great for changing positions.

    I'd been looking for about two months. I checked out the Powertec, but didn't like the chinning bar at all. I found this one locally on Kijiji.
    Awesome, most power racks are gonna be safe for the average user regardless of what gauge steel they are. Power racks are just so important to lift safely in your home and all alone while still being able to lift intense and heavy. It just really comes down to personal preference in the features and build quality that you want to buy. Glad you're enjoying your rack dude you should post up some pics when you can!
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    Originally Posted by darkfact View Post
    Awesome, most power racks are gonna be safe for the average user regardless of what gauge steel they are.
    Agreed totally. Sometimes when you're reading someone's strong opinion that goes something like, '14-gauge steel isn't strong enough to handle 700lbs of weight'. You might get caught up in it and think to yourself, 'that's a good point.' But who among us is going to put 700lb's on a squat or bench press? Deadlift? Perhaps, but why would you be DL'ing on a rack anyway?

    I'm currently renovating the basement where the rack is housed. I've got a spot for a nice little exercise 'studio' for the rack, along with a treadmill and Concept 2. Will post pictures once finished in a few months.
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    Alright folks, I won't be getting a rack for some time now (waiting for gym membership to expire) but I have been doing a lot of reading and researching in preparation for the purchase. One thing I would like input on is who has the most affordable rack that includes plate storage. For some time I have been thinking I would get the Powertec rack but the more I think about it the more I like the idea of having that plate storage to help weigh down the rack and solidify things. Right now I think the Texas Power systems rack is a good deal. Are there any better suggestions?
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    Sooooooo... After looking on craigslist and going through this thread I figure I have two options that are most viable... one being The Powertec on the first page or this made to order one... These are the stats the guy gave to me about it..

    I've included a picture of the one we've been using for nearly a year
    (it's not "finished" because we hadn't planned on showing it to people
    - powder coated, etc.). It's made using 2"x3" 120-wall steel tubing,
    3/8" flat bar, 5/8" hot-rolled steel, and grade-8 hardware. The hole
    spacing's variable throughout the bench, pull, and squat regions.
    There are also two 1 1/2" diameter pull-up bars on top. She's a
    beauty.




    The price difference is 200 with having the made to order one being more expensive at around 700 dollars... I wanted to keep it as cheap as possible, but If i'm going to have a higher quality rack for a long time I would think that would be the better course to run? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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    Originally Posted by TommyStarwind View Post
    I've included a picture of the one we've been using for nearly a year
    (it's not "finished" because we hadn't planned on showing it to people
    - powder coated, etc.). It's made using 2"x3" 120-wall steel tubing,
    3/8" flat bar, 5/8" hot-rolled steel, and grade-8 hardware. The hole
    spacing's variable throughout the bench, pull, and squat regions.
    There are also two 1 1/2" diameter pull-up bars on top. She's a
    beauty.

    The price difference is 200 with having the made to order one being more expensive at around 700 dollars... I wanted to keep it as cheap as possible, but If i'm going to have a higher quality rack for a long time I would think that would be the better course to run? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    That looks pretty sweet, but it's pretty much what elite charges:

    http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...id=167&pid=681
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    Originally Posted by ninjaneer View Post
    That looks pretty sweet, but it's pretty much what elite charges:

    http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...id=167&pid=681
    Haha looks the same... Probably took the design from them... Would hand made be better though?
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    Originally Posted by TommyStarwind View Post
    Haha looks the same... Probably took the design from them... Would hand made be better though?
    I'd take the rack in that picture over a powertec for sure. See if they could make you something like a monkey bar, or maybe add weight storage if needed. Although that would probably approach the cost from EFS. Both racks are gonna be hand made, and the skills of whoever made it are probably what's important. EFS has weight storage included in the price, bandpegs would be extra though.

    I think that rack'd serve you well for the rest of you're lifting career either way.
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    Originally Posted by Mitrovski View Post
    I'd take the rack in that picture over a powertec for sure. See if they could make you something like a monkey bar, or maybe add weight storage if needed. Although that would probably approach the cost from EFS. Both racks are gonna be hand made, and the skills of whoever made it are probably what's important. EFS has weight storage included in the price, bandpegs would be extra though.

    I think that rack'd serve you well for the rest of you're lifting career either way.
    The cage, two (2) safety pins (westside barbell rod and pipe design), two (2) j-cups, two (2) pull-up bars, four (4) band pegs and all the necessary grade-8 hardware.

    Thats what he says comes with it... J cups are j hooks right?
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    Originally Posted by TommyStarwind View Post
    The cage, two (2) safety pins (westside barbell rod and pipe design), two (2) j-cups, two (2) pull-up bars, four (4) band pegs and all the necessary grade-8 hardware.

    Thats what he says comes with it... J cups are j hooks right?


    Yea, that's what they are....they hold the bar and are basically shaped like a "j".


    I'd go with what Mitrovski said though....go with the elite. The plate storage is going to bump it up a little, but its so worth the money its not even worth discussing why. Well, I guess that wouldn't make sense....lol.....but it really is worth the extra. The storage makes loading the bar so much more efficient and convenient, you're going to need some sort of plate storage anyway, and the weight of the plates makes the rack ridiculously stable.

    Oh.....the elite racks are "hand made" as well. They are made by a company called "Williams Strength". They make their own stuff too, but they sub for Elite. I have one of their racks and its very nice. I'm not trying to disparage the one you're looking at, but the Elite is a known variable and very well respected around here. Since for only a bit more you get a very worthy upgrade....its kind of a no brainer.
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