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Ross86 09-10-2009 05:10 PM

The ideal power cage/rack
Talo and I are building power racks for ourselves. Your input would be appreciated. I figured I'd go ahead and start the thread because I know he and I will be bouncing ideas back and forth. And it may give other people some ideas.

TALO 09-10-2009 05:19 PM

LOL , fucker , you beat me to it...

But yeah any idea's would be great ( from measurments to any extra's that can be welded on to the cage ) .

I don't think I will make it any higher than 7 ft .

Also I'm wondering if 1 1/2 inch square tubbing would be enough or if a person should go with 2" ? I don't think it will ever see more than 1000 lbs.

Dip station and chin up station are a must .

Ross86 09-10-2009 05:22 PM

I have thought about doing something like this so I could just flip the bench up and use the same rack. I was going to have a cross piece so I could attach a pull up bar. I know you can build handles that hook in the same way the hooks for your bar do. You can build them for dips & they're supposedly pretty stable. I'll have plate holders on all corners of the rack to keep it stable and obviously attachments for bands.

Ross86 09-10-2009 05:31 PM

Travis & I have been chatting about building an adjustable bench. On competition benches at powerlifting meets, the benches are covered with a grippy material that feels like suede leather. I would love to have an adjustable bench with the same material. Judging by Elite's prices on mediocre adjustable benches, you could sell the thing for +$1,000.

This is basically what I'm looking for:

TALO 09-10-2009 05:33 PM

That is a perfect set up . I noticed they used 2x2 bar. A guy should be able to build that for about $100 ( in parts )

After thinking about it I would rather not put that bench in there and buy a sep one that can go to an incline.

P4noz 09-10-2009 06:00 PM

Seems like if the only thing you need is to settle on dimensions and the spacing you want for the holes

TALO 09-10-2009 06:13 PM

I'm going to price out the difference between the two sizes.

iron_worker 10-14-2009 03:37 PM

What wall thickness? Open top or closed?

Ross86 10-14-2009 06:41 PM

I think I'll do top closed on mine. I'm going to donate some money for some type of radial arm drill press I think. It will probably be a month or two before I have mine made. Travis has been paying about $300 to have the holes drilled for his racks and yokes at the local steel place. Sucks for him because he can't really make a profit like that.

Pitysister 10-15-2009 10:10 AM

definitely put a neutral grip bar for chinups on the top :)

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