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Old 04-23-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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McMaster-Carr: $11.94 + Shipping for 8 1/2+ pound "fractional plates".

With a scale and a bench grinder I can get them closer to 1/2 pound. With some epoxy, I can create 1 lb. plates.

Why? Adding 5 lbs. to my shoulder press breaks me.

Would someone check my math :-)

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Old 04-23-2007, 02:41 PM   #2
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That is a lot of variation in weight: .54-.75 lbs?

I'd certainly recommend weighing them all, and matching them up in pairs according to weight variations. Unless you plan to really go to town with that grinder...
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:45 PM   #3
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I figure they will all come in a similar thickness and it will be at the low end.

No one would give away free steel. If I buy them, I will be sure to report back.

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Old 04-23-2007, 02:47 PM   #4
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Sorry, yes math is good: .53-.74 lbs/washer are my numbers
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:48 PM   #5
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Yes the shortage of free things in this world is shocking....

Though I guess the WOD has probably used up most of my free stuff karma for a while
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:58 PM   #6
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lol I just pictured myself grinding off a 1/4 pound of steel, thats a lot of sparks. I guess I would have to find a lathe.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:23 PM   #7
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the variation will most probably not be that great, but they report the outer most limits of variation.

I'm doing that this week and the value of factional plates can't be overstated.
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:08 PM   #8
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I've known guys who've tried to grind plates down to size - like grinding or drilling 1.25 kilo plates down to 1 kilo plates - and they've all said it wasn't worth the trouble.... I tried it and it was NO FUN At ALL let me tell you...
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:58 AM   #9
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Why not bring most of them UP to 0.75 lb, by gluing on small washers or adding duct tape to them or something like that? Maybe, too, you'll find a pair that are close to 0.5 lb each. Also glue pairs together (and glue washers on) to give 1.5 lb each.

That would give you a pair of 0.5 lbs or so (so 1 lb. to the bar), a pair of 0.75 lbs (so 1.5 lbs. to the bar), and a pair of 1.5 lbs. (so 3 lbs. to the bar). You can also add 4.5 and 5.5 lbs. to the bar using combinations of them.

I know Ivanko makes 2.5 lb. and 1.25 lb. plates. (I have them; luckily, they came with the iron weight set I got for cheap off Craig's List.) Those are what I have been using to maintain the linear progression in the Starting Strength novice program.

I also have Ivanko collars that weigh 13 oz each and 26 oz each, which is another way to do micro-loading. If you have spring collars already, you could maybe get some steel carabiners at Home Depot and clip those on. I would think you could find some that weigh 1/4 lb or 1/2 lb each, but I haven't looked.

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Old 04-24-2007, 06:49 AM   #10
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You can try chains as well. Here's a description from Madcow's website (W/F safe).

http://www.geocities.com/elitemadcow...croloading.htm

I bought some Ironwoody fractional plates off of Ebay and they work great. They were discounted because of minor blemishes, but I could care less. Weight is weight.

I agree that microloading becomes extremely valuable when trying to progress in weight.
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