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    Ajustable dumbbells how long they last ? How reliable ?

    Hi,

    If that question has already been answered pls send me the link.

    I'm thinking about buying a pair of 90 pounds ajustable dumbbells.

    But before paying 700$ for something I wonder how long do dumbbells like that last ? 3 years ? 5 years ? can I expect 10 years of regular use (5 days a week) ?

    Also, how solid is the mechanism ? Normal dumbbells last long because the mechanism is reliable and simple(screw), but if I drop my adjustable dumbbells on the floor with 90 pounds on them will that break ?

    What is your long term experience with that kind of dumbbells ?

    Thanks you in advance.

    Edit: by adjustable dumbbells I'm talking about Bowflex techshark and Atai kind of dumbbells.
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    Well this depends on the dumbbells. If you get bowflex then I would expect you to have issues down the line at some point. Ironmasters and Powerblocks should last as long as you do as long as you don't abuse them. Same with spinlocks.
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    Originally Posted by ncsuLuke View Post
    Well this depends on the dumbbells. If you get bowflex then I would expect you to have issues down the line at some point. Ironmasters and Powerblocks should last as long as you do as long as you don't abuse them. Same with spinlocks.
    Ok thanks I was thinking about Techshark or Atai .
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    Originally Posted by ncsuLuke View Post
    Well this depends on the dumbbells. If you get bowflex then I would expect you to have issues down the line at some point. Ironmasters and Powerblocks should last as long as you do as long as you don't abuse them. Same with spinlocks.
    +1. Bowflex only seem to last a couple years with regular use, if that. I come across a lot that have broken plates and/or unselectable weight increments (due to broken internal components). Powerblocks and Ironmasters will probably go forever if handled properly. I've seen many that were decades old and still worked like new. Some of them were even stored outdoors and still managed to survive.
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    I have a set of ironmasters and I suspect they will outlive me.

    They even have a straight bar I used with them during COVID.
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    Powerblocks are a very robust design. You just need to be careful when you're putting them back in between the other increments that you put them in straight or you could potentially damage the connecting rods. Also you don't want to be dropping them.

    I just upgraded mine to 90lbs and bought the stand which helps a lot with picking them up and putting them back. Wish I'd bought one a long time ago.
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    Originally Posted by GolDWhisKy View Post
    Ok thanks I was thinking about Techshark or Atai .
    Haven't heard of those so I'm guessing they are off of Amazon and/or random Chinese imports. A lot of these have popped up due to the pandemic and it's hard to know how good they are. If you want quality, I'd stick with Ironmaster or PowerBlocks. For more options, Coop (Garage Gym Reviews) recently did a roundup that isn't great (recommends Bowflex) but at least gives you an idea of reputable choices. I don't recall Techshark or Atai in the roundup but I could be wrong.
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    I have two sets of Powerblocks that get used every workout and are 20 years old. I have no reason to believe they won’t last another 20+ years.
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    i purchased my powerblock 85lb pro rexan set about 5 or 6 years ago, guy i bought them from had them since the 90's

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    I have 7 years on my PowerBlock U-90s. I don't drop them.
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    I've never used the ironmasters and Powerblocks. How much abuse will they take. For example, if I habitually drop them, etc. at the end of a workout, will they hold up to that the same way a fixed DB would?
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    Originally Posted by Prozach2 View Post
    I've never used the ironmasters and Powerblocks. How much abuse will they take. For example, if I habitually drop them, etc. at the end of a workout, will they hold up to that the same way a fixed DB would?
    The Ironmasters were apparently designed with dropping them in mind but I've never personally used them. The PowerBlocks shouldn't be dropped. I've never really understood the whole throwing your weights down after a set anyway. It's pretty easy to avoid in most cases.
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    Originally Posted by JoeDelts View Post
    The Ironmasters were apparently designed with dropping them in mind but I've never personally used them. The PowerBlocks shouldn't be dropped. I've never really understood the whole throwing your weights down after a set anyway. It's pretty easy to avoid in most cases.
    Baadass is another option that's intended to be dropped but I'd get Ironmasters for that. I have PowerBlocks and I think the main concern with dropping them is you could bend the selector pin. I avoid dropping and wouldn't recommend it.
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    Thanks you all guys ! I bought a pair of PowerBlock sport EXP 50 pounds and I will buy the extension in the future !
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    Originally Posted by GolDWhisKy View Post
    Thanks you all guys ! I bought a pair of PowerBlock sport EXP 50 pounds and I will buy the extension in the future !
    Congrats! That's a good choice. I've been using and enjoying PowerBlocks for 10+ years.
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    Originally Posted by GolDWhisKy View Post
    Thanks you all guys ! I bought a pair of PowerBlock sport EXP 50 pounds and I will buy the extension in the future !
    as radrd said, that is a great set. you'll get your money's worth out of them
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    Ironmaster is the only one warrantied to be dropped. But like any dumbbell, dont be a dumb bell. Set it down gently lol
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    I got a pair of 72lb adjustables from BWSS several months ago and they get used also every day by my girlfriend and me. They've held up pretty well and we don't drop them. I got hit with an ad for them several months back and that was when EVERYTHING was out or being price gouged. These were $600 shipped. Doesn't look like they have the same ones for sale anymore on their site though.
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