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Old 11-04-2008, 08:58 PM   #1
James E Sutton
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Squat and spotter rack

I'm looking an adjustable squat rack and spotter rack. I know the Vulcan II and Pillars of Power come highly recommended but at $400+ each thats a little high for me. I have found this squat rack that says it is rated for 400lb. This is more than enough for what I will be squatting for quite some time. Current 1 rep max is 235. I have found the same squat rack as low as $170 with free shipping. What I cannot find is the same style spotter rack as the Pillars of Power. Room is an issue so a full on cage or rack would not work well.

http://www.ironcompany.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=2038 wfs
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:49 PM   #2
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Re: Squat and spotter rack

As long as there is enough room to properly step in (hard to tell from the picture), and your not planning on moving it around a lot as it looks to be all one piece - I think it would work fine for your application.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:52 PM   #3
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Re: Squat and spotter rack

I also find that Vulcan and Pillars are overpriced and overhyped on this forum. For that price you can pick up a nice power rack. For that matter, you can get a used power rack from Craigslist for cheap. After buying and reselling on CL, I have recieved 2 power racks for $100 for both. They are Parabody and Bodycraft.
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Old 11-05-2008, 06:41 AM   #4
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Re: Squat and spotter rack

James, that exact rack that you linked in your post can be found around the web for much cheaper. Here is a link to an ebay seller of that rack for 130. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ksid=p3907.m29 (wfs)
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:41 AM   #5
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Re: Squat and spotter rack

Thanks for the heads up on the ebay seller. The lowest I found was 170 but that blew it out of the water.

As for the mobility I think some minor modifications to the crossbar should make it a quick connect without sacrificing stability.

Anyone have any experience or recommendations on a cheaper spotter rack similar to the Pillars of Power?
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:23 AM   #6
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Re: Squat and spotter rack

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I also find that Vulcan and Pillars are overpriced and overhyped on this forum. For that price you can pick up a nice power rack. For that matter, you can get a used power rack from Craigslist for cheap. After buying and reselling on CL, I have recieved 2 power racks for $100 for both. They are Parabody and Bodycraft.
I second this statement. I picked up a Parabody power rack for $225 just last week and that was *much* less expensive than the Ironmind squat stands and pillars that I was considering as well (or even a mid-range new power rack for about $600+).

CL is a *great* place to get used equipment that will last you a long time.
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:27 AM   #7
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Re: Squat and spotter rack

sams club

squat rack

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...=5&item=380103

power rack

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...=5&item=383460

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Old 11-05-2008, 10:14 AM   #8
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I also find that Vulcan and Pillars are overpriced and overhyped on this forum. For that price you can pick up a nice power rack. For that matter, you can get a used power rack from Craigslist for cheap. After buying and reselling on CL, I have recieved 2 power racks for $100 for both. They are Parabody and Bodycraft.
I used to think that about the Vulcan squat racks. But I find myself leaning towards buying them for my garage gym. My workout platform is going to be short, only about 6 ft in length by 8ft in width. No other squat racks take up as little floor space and can support up to 1,000 lbs.

Now the Pillars spotting racks are stupid. I plan to just get a nice set of adjustable saw horses to use for squat racks.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:26 AM   #9
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Shipping + tax kills the deal. Ebay is cheaper, granted less secure.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:48 AM   #10
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Shipping + tax kills the deal. Ebay is cheaper, granted less secure.
I got quoted for $22 shipping, so under $150 total? I'm in Nor-Cal. How much did you get quoted for shipping?
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