TuffStuff Power Cage (Rack)
- Product Review (submitted on May 31, 2011):
Was looking for a cage for in home. There were a lot of $400-$600 cages that caught my eye. I did a ton of research and found this tuffstuff model on bodybuilding.com forums. I didn't pay full pop for this but it still was quite a bit more than the other $600 cages out there.
I am really happy with this one.
-Adjustable spotter is lever/spring controlled: you can adjust spotter bar with one hand and even while lying flat on a bench press.
-The steel is a certain kind that is peel resistant. I'm not sure about this because it'll prob. take years for a normal one to peel.
-Dip attachment is available; which you would expect any to have (not sure if it's a HUGE pro)
-Sliding action for front spotters are very very smooth, even after 6 months of use.
-Lifetime warranty on everything: This sold me on this unit. My buddy has a 2 year old cage that has definitely seen better days. The knobs on his to slide the spotter have been bent over time and are not covered under his warranty.
-Very pricey for residential use.
-Dip attachment has to be removed before bench pressing: This one is a design flaw. When you bench press, the round plates will hit the dip attachment at the back if you do not remove them.
-Dip attachment pins: I'm not sure if there is a better system out there but these have those pins you have to force in and out to click. Same kind of silver pins you use to hook up different pieces of farm equipment. Looks like a giant letter R with a bump in the middle.
-Setup was a nightmare because of an unclear step. I put some of the spotters on the back when they were supposed to go on the front (there are 2 different kinds of spotters) and then put the top piece on and tightened everything. It took an extra hour by myself to backtrack. The instructions should be more clear on this possible mixup?
All in all this cage has treated me well. I do not regret the decision and if one major piece breaks the lifetime warranty will have paid for itself.