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Looking for an affordable power rack
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:30:59 PM »
I've been scouring craigslist for months looking for a decent power rack.  I check several times a day, every day and haven't had much luck.  When I do find one, I miss out for being too late.  I'm about to throw in the towel on saving money on a used one and figured I'd buy a new one.  I noticed in the "show us your home gym" thread a lot of you guys have models similar to what I'm looking for.  I want a good rack that is stable, but I don't want to buy top of the line Rogue or Texas Strength Systems (actually, they are fairly priced, but kill me on shipping).  The Powerline one at the local sporting good store looks like it'd fall over with more than 135 on it.  Amazon has a lot of Yukons and Body Solid models with free shipping but I'd like to here from someone that has one and actually lifts.  Any suggestions?

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2014, 08:34:46 PM »
When I do find one, I miss out for being too late.

there are 3rd party sites that will alert you by email when one is listed. Craigslist and patience can get you a steal.
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 08:41:04 PM »
Craig's pro is an android app that does just that.  Works great.  $2 I think

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 09:26:13 PM »
Thanks, guys.  So I'm being defeated by technology.  I'll look into getting an app and wait a little longer.

I asked the guy that I bought some plates from that sells gym auction stuff and he said he can't keep them long if he ever gets them.  PlayitAgain sports around me sells used stuff but they told me they never get them in because they are too big to store.  Figures they were out of 45 Oly plates too.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2014, 09:49:41 PM »
Are you looking for an actual cage or a simpler/cheaper rack? Stay patient with Craigslist and you will score eventually, especially in the next couple of months when the resolutioners start to sell of their clothes hanging equipment.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014, 11:47:48 PM »
Are you looking for an actual cage or a simpler/cheaper rack? Stay patient with Craigslist and you will score eventually, especially in the next couple of months when the resolutioners start to sell of their clothes hanging equipment.
I want a cage or at minimum a half cage so I can squat and bench with safeties.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2014, 02:31:26 PM »
What's your budget?

Just did a quick search and found this brand new one on ebay for $400.

Looks pretty solid:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DF4500-Power-Rack-by-Deltech-Fitness-NEW-/121289570034
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2014, 03:36:34 PM »
What's your budget?

Just did a quick search and found this brand new one on ebay for $400.

Looks pretty solid:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DF4500-Power-Rack-by-Deltech-Fitness-NEW-/121289570034

That would suit me and is one of the ones I've been eye-balling lately.  I'd take an angle grinder to those j-hooks though since they are so deep but no deal breaker at all.  One thing that seems nice about it is the gussets on the base for stability.  Can't beat $20 shipping either.  I'll keep an eye on it if I don't find a craigslist deal in the next few weeks.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014, 07:17:14 PM »
I messaged the sellers for this rack asking what size the uprights were, what gauge are they, and what the max capacity was and it had a way to bolt to the floor.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/POWER-RACK-NEW-/350350124833?ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

The response was shocking.  "16 guage, 1000 lb capacity and yes you can see in the middle of the base in the picture there is a hole to bolt to floor"  I think soup cans are 16 gauge!  No way is that 16 gauge going to hold 1000 lbs.

At this point, I think I've narrowed it down to the Deltech FLEX mentioned or the Body Solid from FitnessFactory.com.  I'd need to modify the j-hooks on both.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DF4500-Power-Rack-by-Deltech-Fitness-NEW-/121289570034?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c3d6bf6f2


http://www.fitnessfactory.com/Home/Item/3137/GPR378/Body-Solid_Power_Rack/


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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2014, 07:26:05 PM »
That looks like a POS and I would never buy it.
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2014, 07:30:29 PM »
That looks like a POS and I would never buy it.
Dang it!  How's my post end up in here.  It was supposed to go in my power rack thread. 
The think I don't like about it is I'd have to work off of the front of the rack only for squats since the rear-bottom support goes between the uprights.  Other than that, it is the same gauge as the deltech, but a little wider uprights.   What I don't like about the deltech is the j-hooks are fixed once assembled.  I'd have to take it apart to move them from front to back.  I could buy extras I guess if they sell them.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2014, 07:37:58 PM »
Thanks for fixing this FLEX!

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2014, 07:38:34 PM »
Dang it! 

All fixed through some amazing moderating skills.

You owe me a beer.   ;D
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2014, 07:40:57 PM »
Dang it! 

All fixed through some amazing moderating skills.

You owe me a beer.   ;D
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2014, 07:43:37 PM »
LMAO

Step 1:  Split chalk topic to get the off topic power rack posts in a new thread

Step 2: Merge new topic with the original proper equipment topic

Step 3: Collect beer. 

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2018.04.28:  620 Squat, 345 Bench, 615 Dead   |  1580 Total
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2015.08.09:  600 Squat, 320 Bench, 600 Dead   |  1520 Total