Just bought this today: from jesup gym with cash discount, this was $406 after tax. I was 70mi away-- if you're having this shipped to the east coast, economies might change.
But before you spend $600 on this, do try to call around for a wholesale supplier in your state. It might be worth the drive.
This also fit in my 2001 toyota camry, by laying back the driver's seat and crossing it from lr to rf seats for the longest of the three boxes. You don't need an suv.
Alright! So the product itself. SOLID. At $406, the near competitor from powerline is ONE QUARTER of the weight.
That should answer any comparison questions right there.
I won't lie, it took me two hours to put this together. It really was easy though. The nuts, bolts, and washers, come in 3 numbered packages for your steps.
This convenience proved unnecessary, however, because it turns out that every single joint uses exactly the same size nut, bolt, and washers. There's no hunting for this length here and that diameter there: EVERY joint is the same. Can't go wrong! I wasted my time looking for the #12 bolt vs the #13, before realizing that everything was the same. Much friendlier than ikea, hah.
The nut and bolt require a 19mm socket. Grab a 19mm box wrench, grab a 19mm ratchet. I probably could have put this together in 40 minutes if I could find my electric impact gun...
This does not come with a flimsy freebie spanner, but that's just as well. You should already have a wrench and ratchet/socket set in your life, and you wouldn't want to be using any flimsy freebie spanner, anyway. No right to complain on that point.
Minor, minor quibbles. One bolt had a damaged thread. 3seconds of filing later, the nut went on fine. One of the uprights had a split in the folded steel probably from when it was folded. This is overbuilt, and this 3/4 not-spreading, not-fully-penetrating crack does not worry me.
The enamel paint is excellent, the welds are clean, and everything aligned! God knows I hate hate hate assemblies like this, or maybe some aftermarket car kit, where one bolt just will not fit, and you have to bring out the drill bits and grinding burrs and kludge it... NO issues here. Everything fits precisely. Like they instruct, get all the bolts through, then start tightening, or else you might make alignment problems for yourself.
After assembly, the safety bars are really rather clever. They come with plastic sticker shims, and when one didn't quite fit, all you do is remove the appropriate shim, and voila. The fact that there was only a 1/64 intolerance, speaks to the accuracy of the craftmanship.
I forget what this style of safety arm is called. The other option is the pin type. I might actually prefer long bars that slide through the front for the safeties, but, these work fine-- and for the short support bars, I feel much safer. It is logically impossible for these to slip out: something that the older pin style might conceivably do.
Comes with touch up paint, too; a nice touch.
Despite 11 gauge steel, the bolts can exert a lot of force through hollow box square tubing, especially at the ends of the box. Don't overtorque; you'll start to crush the tubing.
Also, when setting up the safeties for the next exercise, it's easy to get left to right off by a peg! Easy fix: grab a sharpie, and number the holes. makes life easy. If you don't like them, a quick swipe with some brake cleaner or acetone will take the sharpie right off, so don't worry about permanently marring your cage. permanent marker isn't all that permanent.
Hope my rambling review has been of some value.
I've been enjoying my cage (vs one of those combined bench/support benches), and this is among the sturdiest for the dollar. Official Amazon review of Body-Solid Pro Power Rack. Click for additional reviews.