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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
I bought this rack directly from the manufacturer (Fitness Destination is run by Deltech). I got this thing in the mail yesterday (shipped on Monday, got it on Wednesday). I also ordered the weight tree. Luckily all the parts were present and at first I thought a few pieces were scratched up during shipping. But once everything was unboxed and all the wrapping was removed it was very clear this was a USED rack that is being sold as new. Most of the pieces had paint chipped off to the bare steel and the most telling sign were the "washer marks" where the rack had obviously been assembled previously. There was wear on the black pull knobs of all the bar holders and safety bars. AND there was an attempt to cover some of the paint-chipped areas with white spray paint! Can you believe that?! The bar holders and safety bars all come with these step-down spacer things already inserted BUT the top ones will not go down over the support beams. You have to remove them pretty much. No matter what I did, they would not slide down over the beams because of the poor design. I think had this rack been new and the spacers were better designed, this rack would have gotten a great review. It's solid, heavy (11 gauge not 14)and easy to assemble. But no one wants to give up their hard earned money to buy a new rack to only have a used one delivered that looks like someone's already broken it in. They know you won't try to send it back because it's 200+ pounds. And you can't refuse shipping if you can't see the damage until you open it. Our city has several "Play It Again Sports" stores. If I wanted a used rack, I would have gone there and bought one. You wouldn't buy a NEW car covered with scratches, chipped paint or parts that don't fit would you?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
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I have had this power rack since 2009 and have used the crap out of it. It is made of good quality and worth the money. I am a heavy guy 6'2" and 260lbs and use it for pull-up's and it has held pretty good. the bar bends a little because I am so heavy but so far it has worked very well. I have gotten my moneys worth so far and its been 2 years. Overall I am very pleased with this product and could have not asked for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
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Just assembled this yesterday. Very sturdy construction, looks good. I think it will be useful for years to come.

Some issues: as someone mentioned earlier, the plastic fittings at the top of the bar catches/hooks don't fit over the uprights. I had to remove the top fittings from every catch in order to get them in to slide all the way down. One of them was already pulverized, as if someone had try to slide them over the uprights and pushed so hard that it cracked. Nothing else in the box looked repackaged, so I'm not sure how this happened. They have no effect on the performance of the catches, so if you want to save some headache, pop the top ones out.

Secondly, two of the pieces were mislabled left and right...this cost me about a half an hour putting this monster together, as I realized things were not in the right place, and had to remove about 8 bolts so that the pull up bar was in right position.

Be sure to lay everything out and make sure it is in the right position before you start bolting everything down. Look closely at the way the unit looks in the picture here and in the instructions so you don't have to redo anything...flanges on the right side of bars, etc. You'll need 2 3/4" wrenches, and preferably one of them should be a socket. I did it by myself in about 2 and 1/2 hours....with a second person and no screw ups it's probalby an hour. The only difficult part to do by myself was the chin up bar assembly...a lot of balancing going on.

I also don't love the push/pull pins on the catches...seems like a good idea but they can be a bit of a pain to get to pop in..J hooks are simpler and easier.

Sounds like a lot of negatives, but this thing is built like a beast and looks like a health club machine, not utilitarian at all. It's rated for 700lbs and I think that is probably conservative. So for a few minor headaches, you get a much sturdier machine then some other companies are selling for the same price. Thsi is not 14 gauge steel, it's heavier.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2014
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I bought this Deltech Power Rack to put in my basement and it's been serving me well. As a big metal frame, it's well-put together, wobble-free, painted well and easy to assemble. Additionally, there are a couple features that made me pay the extra money for the Deltech rather than the typical rack.

The outside hooks are the main one. I bought this rack to do the four essential lifts (Deadlift, Bench, Squat and OHP), and I figured I'd have to buy a bench to do bench press inside of it. Nope. With these outside hooks, I can just lay on the floor, not worry about the main safety bars getting in the way and get a better, safer range of motion than I would on a bench. The hooks also help when doing rows or other movements that would usually involve lowering or removing the safeties to get enough room.

Another great point is the design of the safety bars. Instead of pulling out a long metal rod and putting it through another opening to adjust the height, the Deltech ones slide up and down and are held by pins on both sides. It's clean, sturdy, and eliminates the clanking and possible paint chipping associated with more traditional models. The bars also have a nice rubber padding screwed down to prevent noise, and it works very well.

They are previously used, but mine was in great shape and came with no parts missing. Shipping is FAST, I had this within three days tops. Also, before I had assembled it, I looked through the assembly guide and mistakenly thought I was missing a few pieces, but Deltech customer service sent replacements just as fast.

In conclusion, the Deltech Fitness Power Rack is worth it. All you really need is an Olympic barbell, weights and a power rack to have a great home gym, and I say if you like the added convenience and zero drawbacks of the Deltech, try to pick this one up. As I write this, it looks like the the price has gone up. If you can get this for $425-$450 it's a steal, so I would still consider it for $500.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2014
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Overall the piece of equipment seems very sturdy. I've only just got it together and haven't put it through the paces yet. It only took two large (20oz) cups of coffee and about and hour or hour and a half to put together. There were two broken pieces, one of the balls on the retaining pins and a plastic reducer sleave that goes inside the bar catches. I called Deltech the next day and left a message. No return call, but did get an email that they received the message and that replacement parts are being expressed to me. Can't complain about that at all. Overall I'd say it was a great buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2014
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I've had this rack for a few months now and I've used it plenty. Works amazing because it's sturdy wide and just built to perform. The one problem I had though was that the feet that go in the bottom pipes were dented in during shipping and I tried heating it up to be able to slip it on and I ended up breaking the foot so my rack just sitting on the concrete but it still works perfectly. The usual paint wearing occurred but that's to be expected with a painted squat rack. Altogether a perfect edition to your home gym or public gym
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2007
Nice power & squat rack good quality and very sturdy, I could not have asked for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2013
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Came as advertised. No issues. Promply shipped. This required assembly, but that was not an issue. I highlt recommend this rack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
I use this rack all the time and I love it. I have the Deltech DF9500 bench and use it with this rack for all my bench press exercises. This rack has held up to a lot of abuse my husband uses this rack for his squats and it doesn't flinch when he uses very heavy weight
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
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This is a good sturdy rack. Listed at 700lbs max weight, which not many garage lifters will squat that in their lifetime. At this price with free shipping, this was a great deal. The feature that really sold me on it was the J hooks on the outside of the rack as well as on the inside. Most at home racks are around 7ft tall, which is too short for most people to do overhead press inside of. I wanted to be able to rack the weight on the outside and press standing outside the rack. The one thing about putting it together, be careful when sliding the J hooks onto the rack, because the plastic sleeves are easily broken. Just be patient with them, and be gentle or those plastic sleeves snap out, and they are a pain to get back into place. This probably won't make sense until you are putting it together because it is hard to explain, but when you see it you will remember this.
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