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Not as advertised; not worth the price
on November 11, 2012
I can't explain why I chose to buy this product despite some of the negative reviews... I should have listened.
Quality is very poor; I'm guessing, like other reviewers, that the original product might have been high quality but that it has since been substituted for something much cheaper.
This product seems to be some sort of generic, non-brand name item. The box it arrived in was a white sealed box with no branding, just a black line drawing of the outline of the exercise and in plain type, "053 3 IN 1 DOOR WAY EXERCISER". The only other identifier was a bar code sticker applied on top of another bar code sticker that I couldn't see, with "Creative Fitness Door Gym New" on it. (See my posted product photo).
On seeing this generic box I started to have doubts, which weren't helped by the fact that the box was glued shut. I suspected that once I opened the box the likelihood of being able to return this item in "resellable" condition was nil, since I had to tear the flaps to open the box.
The only literature inside was again a no-name sheet of poorly printed instructions. (See posted photo).
Major issues with the product were:
Flimsiness of the brace piece. As already mentioned by other reviewers, this is a hollow light plastic box.
To add insult to injury the bolt holes were not drilled through -- I had to drill them myself.
Then, the bolts you are supposed to use on this piece are SO short that they barely reach through the bar. I was unable to get the nuts to catch any thread if I used washers (per the instructions). I had to do without the washers in order to get the nuts on at all.
Another design issue was tightening the nuts on the bolts that attach the curved pieces to the pull up bar. Not sure if I can describe this adequately, but the bolt holes in the curved pieces are set down in "dents" so that the nut is below the rest of the surface of the bar. THis makes it difficult to get a tool to fit around the nut to tighten it. I used a wrench positioned vertically to grab the sides of the nut to turn it, but even this is kind of limited, and I was not entirely sure I was able to get the bolts tightened enough.
Poor quality materials. Some bolts barely long enough to hold, as mentioned above. The 2 short bolts that join the 2 straight pieces of the main pull up bar require an allen key. The provided allen key did not fit in the holes... I had to use another allen key that I had.
The pull up bar is two pieces joined together rather than a single piece. I'm only 115 lbs. I don't think the bar would actually break under my weight; however after doing a couple of pull ups I noticed that where the 2 bars joined (with 2 bolts about an inch apart) there was already a slight angle... the joined bars were no longer straight.
The original product photos show what look like soft foam on the ends of the pull up bar. The product I was shipped has hard rubber pieces, not foam, so be warned that these might mark your door frame.
I am not going to go through the hassle of disassembling and repackaging/returning this item, but I would strongly recommend AGAINST buying this product. There look to be similarly-designed cantilever pull-up bars that would give you more value for the money.