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Power Rack comparisons

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:36 am
by Jungledoc
I'm looking to buy a power rack for a small exercise room shared by several families. I want a simple one, but care about how well-made it is, how durable. I've been comparing racks on line. I live in Papua New Guinea, and can't exactly run down to the nearest Big5 to see what they have. The internet sites that purport to review exercise equipment mostly don't cover racks. Could I ask some of you to comment on the brands of racks that you own or use at a gym, particularly in regard to how well-made they are? I've been looking at BodyCraft and Body Solid on line, but haven't narrowed the choices yet. Any opinions are welcome.

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:13 am
by ironmaiden708

I own this one, awesome peice of equiptment. Luckily I have a dealer nearby who sells equiptment like this. This one is sturdy, good quality, price is good. I've abused it and it has held up perfectly.

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:50 am
by TimD
I've got a Bodysolid. It looks identical to Ironmaiden's, and I was testing it, loaded up to 500 lb's, more than I'd ever use these days, and dropped it about three inches onto the safety catch rods. Didn't even budge it. The price that the one IM showed looks to be a great buy. Onother good name is Parabody.

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:12 pm
by Jungledoc
Have any of you noticed any brands that are particularly flimsy or poorly-built?

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:01 am
by ironmaiden708
Don't buy any of these racks/any equiptment at dicks sporting goods.

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:43 pm
by Jungledoc
Thanks, but since I'm in Papua New Guinea I won't be tempted to buy anything at Dick's or any other sporting goods store! Whatever I guy, I'll buy it on the net, and have it delivered to a man who packs shipping containers for us, mostly with medical supplies, but he'll ship personal items as well for a small price. Then just a few short months later, we'll have our shiny new rack, or whatever.

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:08 pm
by ironmaiden708
Make sure you check out the height of the room you want to put that rack in, if need be NYBB will cut it down to w/e size you need.

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:25 am
by Jungledoc
Ohhhh.... Really good point!. That would have been pretty frustrating to get it here and find it was too tall. Of course, we would have cut it down ourselves, accustomed as we are to adapting and making do, but so much nicer to have it come the right height. Thanks.

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:38 pm
by Matt Z
The Sumo Rack from New York Barbells is good for low ceilings.