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    Originally Posted by brock8282 View Post
    With my ceiling height issue I settled on ordering a titan t3 squat rack with spotter arms. It was just $350 and gym equipment is holding its value pretty well so I can always upgrade later on. Also picked up a titan Yukon bar seen in the picture here. Excited to try that out. Hopefully over the weekend I have some luck finding weights, a standard barbell, and adjustable dumbells and I’ll be ready to go!
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    Originally Posted by JackDMegalomaniac View Post
    I have a cage, and squat stand, they serve the same function. But the cage is more versatile, but make sure you have extra 45's to lay on the base, they are prone to tipping over.
    Dude there are far safer and cheaper ways to secure things than 45lbs plates.

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    Sorry i have nothing to add to ur home gym but i do say congrats on stepping up to ur new job and good work getting there.

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    I just added the HULKFIT power cage and the spud econo lat pull lower pulley system. I have 3 Econo SpudInc systems, 2 for flies and one for low pulls. It absolutely gets the job done. They are about as expensive as it would cost you to make all this yourself. But with Spud Inc, you get a warranty.

    Power cage comes with 2 year manufacture warranty too. It’s sturdy and it’s basic, what else do I need?
    you can add to the hulkfit later too. It has its own lat attachment and cable flies attachment. Quite neat & super cheap.
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    Originally Posted by ATLRigger View Post
    Dude there are far safer and cheaper ways to secure things than 45lbs plates.
    I just have an excess of 45s, not saying buy them to use exclusively to hold down rack.

    What do you use?
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    Replace with 70lb sand bags from menards for $5 a pop and send me the excess 45s

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    I have a Titan T-2 rack, and I'm happy with it. Exactly as I expected, but nothing more.

    Mine doesn't wobble at all, but that's because my floor is laser beam flat and I zipped in a the bolts in a rotation, as if I was tightening down cylinder head bolts on a car with a torque wrench. I hope you understand what I'm saying there.

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    Originally Posted by CJ275 View Post
    I have a Titan T-2 rack, and I'm happy with it. Exactly as I expected, but nothing more.

    Mine doesn't wobble at all, but that's because my floor is laser beam flat and I zipped in a the bolts in a rotation, as if I was tightening down cylinder head bolts on a car with a torque wrench. I hope you understand what I'm saying there.
    I have one, thats all welded together, do you think the ones bolted together are as good?

    Im paranoid about tightening my crap, so it does wobble
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    Originally Posted by JackDMegalomaniac View Post
    I have one, thats all welded together, do you think the ones bolted together are as good?

    Im paranoid about tightening my crap, so it does wobble
    Yes, it's not the bolts that support the weight being used, they're merely holding the other pieces together. It's the uprights that are supporting the weight, and the safety bars as well, if the weight is dumped.

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    Originally Posted by JackDMegalomaniac View Post
    I have one, thats all welded together, do you think the ones bolted together are as good?

    Im paranoid about tightening my crap, so it does wobble
    Start a new thread and post pics of ur welds and where u would think of securing it to.

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    Originally Posted by JackDMegalomaniac View Post
    I have one, thats all welded together, do you think the ones bolted together are as good?

    Im paranoid about tightening my crap, so it does wobble
    Alan Thrall is one of the guys whose "job" seems to be reviewing home/garage gym equipment on youtube. He and the others can be somewhat abrasive, but they can be useful too. Alan in particular is one who instantly creates fans, and detractors. His qualifications are that he runs a small, atypical gym, he has bought some of the same items we one-man/one-home-gym people do, but he has bought more of it. One of his episodes contrasts welded vs bolt-together racks as he sees it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUW4t1RO2bY
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    This Alan Thrall link may be what I wanted up above, but they're all interesting and offer some alternative views. In this 31 minute marathon for instance, he makes an argument for why a rack using 2" x 3" uprights may be preferable to the 3" x 3" many people might select (and he does that early in the vid, lol).

    Contrasting a welded rack vs. a bolted together version is also addressed here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagF1PXrNUQ
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    Originally Posted by rawdeal View Post
    This Alan Thrall link may be what I wanted up above, but they're all interesting and offer some alternative views. In this 31 minute marathon for instance, he makes an argument for why a rack using 2" x 3" uprights may be preferable to the 3" x 3" many people might select (and he does that early in the vid, lol).

    Contrasting a welded rack vs. a bolted together version is also addressed here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagF1PXrNUQ
    3x3 uprights are a real biatch. Got a rack on the cheap but it was impossible to find j hooks that didnt cost more than I paid for the rack.

    Ill take a look at the videos, thanks
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    Originally Posted by ATLRigger View Post
    Start a new thread and post pics of ur welds and where u would think of securing it to.
    I myself am not a welder, but sure that sound fun. Ill do that when I get home to take pic.
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    Originally Posted by JackDMegalomaniac View Post
    3x3 uprights are a real biatch. Got a rack on the cheap but it was impossible to find j hooks that didnt cost more than I paid for the rack.

    Ill take a look at the videos, thanks
    I am one of those knee-jerk-reaction people who usually opts for more-is-better and assumes 3" x 3" would be better, and that the 7ga. steel you rarely see offered would be better than the commonly-seen 11ga. that seems to be the industry standard ... but I can't use 800lbs in any movement and never will. It may be that rack sturdiness and minimal wobble is based more on how all the steel fits together than on what dimensions manufacturers list.
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    I am also going to be putting together a home gym. I work all day and live about 20 mins to the closet gym. So my spare bedroom is now going to be my gym.
    I will check back on this thread for ideas and inspiration.

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    Here’s a start. got the squat stand set up today and picked up a bunch of weights. I have my adjustable bench arriving tonight or tomorrow. About to head out again to a friends to pick up a barbell, some more weights and possibly a cable station. I need to get to a tsc to pick up some horse stall matts but just ran out of time today. Just means no deadlifting until next weekend I guess.

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    Looks good. Where did you get the weights from?



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    I ended up getting my weights from 2 different people today. Got a bunch of weights from a nice older couple for a dollar a pound. Then a friend of mine hooked me up with some weights and a cheap barbell for free. Finished the day with 8x45s 4x35s 4x25s 4x10s 4x5s 2x2.5s. Also got a pretty good powerline cable cross over station. Havenít set it up yet because I need to clear junk out of the back room of my basement which is the only place with a high enough ceiling to put it but itís the model below.
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    Thatís awesome. A dollar a pound is a deal at least in New England.

    Sounds like your going to be all set for a while. Iím jealous.



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