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Old 01-10-2007, 03:17 PM   #1
Clay Johnson
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I just picked up my York Power Cage!

It should fit in my low basement...I measured the uprights at 79"...leaves me one inch to spare.

It is a very heavy duty rack compared to my Weider half cage. The specs state 11 gage steel.

I picked it up for $300 and already have my half cage sold to cover most of the costs.

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I like the hooks for both the front and rear:
http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....cageapart1.jpg


It has a nice heavy lat attachment:
http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....cageapart2.jpg

The uprights are 2x3 inch:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....cageapart3.jpg

I'll posts some photos once I get it together.
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:01 PM   #2
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Nice score. One thing though if you do not plan on doing any sets on the lat attachment do not put it on. Mine is on for my wife and I wish it was not takes up about 3 more feet from the wall.

Can shrink the area for the lifts, you wont want to do them inside the cage. Except for maybe squats.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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holy cow, you must be really strong.

last time i tried to pick one up, someone got hurt.




...so sorry, i could not resist.

but seriously speaking, power cages are where it's at! congrats on finding one for $300.
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:54 AM   #4
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Thanks.

Although have a stand alone lat machine for heavy work, I like to keep my rack lat tower loaded for cable crunches and triceps work. If I measured correctly, this rack should only be a few inches longer than my open rack.

I will be picking it up today...I still have to move the thing in my basement...not looking forward to that!
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:41 PM   #5
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Well, I finally got the thing together (and already sold my old rack!).

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/..../yorkrack1.jpg
http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/..../yorkrack2.jpg

My main problem in locating a power rack for years is that I have a low ceiling in my basement (home built in 1923). Virtually all of the racks I was interested in was higher than the 80 inch height of my basement. As a result, I used a Weider Club 500 half rack for years. I do have to say that the Club 500 was a great, low cost half rack and it held up under years of heavy abuse without a problem.

I lucked into a used York Barbell Power Cage FTS-PR (48053) with a hi/low pulley. The specs list it at 80" high and after measuring, it is just over 79"...room enough for my basement. It is a tight fight but it works. The lat tower fits between the rafters.

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....ackpullup2.jpg

Unfortunately, I will not be able to use pull-up bar for pull-ups due to the tight fit. Too bad, the bar is nice and heavy.

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....ackpullup1.jpg

The rack is extremely well-built with 11 gauge steel used for the 2x3" uprights. The uprights feature adjustable hooks on both the front and rear. The numbered holes are handy in lining things up.

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....cageapart3.jpg
http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....ackupright.jpg

One downside is that you can not purchase cheap extra hooks. I wanted another set of hooks for my wrist roller so I just used a 2" 500 pound rated u-bolt and a j-hook. The setup seems to work just fine so far.

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....krackjhook.jpg

Although I have a stand alone lat machine for my heavy work, I like to have the rack lat tower for triceps work and cable crunches (keeps me from having to switch weights around). The lat tower features a very smooth pole-type of system with a very heavy plate holder. The lat tower does take up some room, but for me, it is worth it.

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....rkracklat1.jpg
http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....rkracklat2.jpg

Overall, I am very happy with it and feel it is a well made piece of equipment.

I should note that correspondence with York via email was not that great (slow and unanswered emails), however, their toll-free number works and my questions were answered quickly.
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