As you could read in my previous review, the first thing I’ve bought was adjustable bench and a set of weights. After some time, about one and a half years later, I was squatting more than 1.5 x my bodyweight and I’ve come to a conclusion that I need more safety in my workouts. Not just because of the squat but also bench press.
PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack
I’ve started researching various types of squat stands with safety catchers, half racks and full power racks. I wanted to spend the least money possible and get a quality product. And the winner of this research for the best power rack for the money was PowerLine PPR200X.
Features And Specifications
- weight is 133 lbs (60 kg)
- maximum load capacity is 600 lbs (272 kg)
- dimension: width 46 inches (1168 mm), length 44 inches (1117 mm), height 82 inches (2082 mm)
- front and back pillars are 24 inches (610 mm) apart
- 18 positions for safety bars – lowest is approximately 18 inches (47 cm) from the ground, highest is 69 inches (175 cm) from the ground (both were measured from the top of the safety bar in a particular position)
- the spacing between safety bar positions is 3 inches (76 mm)
- safety bars are saber style with latches at the end
- pegs for the bar also use latches to secure them in place
- pull-up / chin-up knurled bar, 1 inch (25,4 mm) in diameter, 41 inches (1041 mm) wide
- 10-year frame warranty
- possible to upgrade with lat attachment
- price (at the time of review): $320
Tools needed for assembly:
- two 3/4″ wrenches
Assembly instructions come only in the form of the exploded diagram but you really don’t need more. Installation is very straightforward and it took me about fifty minutes.
My recommendation is to start by building a base consisting of 3 pieces. Don’t forget to put on all the plastic parts. Continue with mounting the rear uprights and the piece that connects them at the top. Next, mount one of the front uprights and connect it to the back with the top side piece. Then repeat the same process for the other side and finally mount the chin up bar.
I have this rack for about two years and I’m very satisfied. The most weight I have ever used on it was around 280 lbs (127,5 kg) for a squat attempt and failed it. No problem for the rack or the safety bars. And I don’t think I will ever reach the load limit of the rack:)
Probably the toughest test of stability was when I’ve lost the balance during the ascent in the squat (with around 220 lbs on the bar) and tipped backward, hitting the uprights. I managed to recover and finish the squat sliding the bar on the uprights. PPR200X handled it with flying colors.
So functionally the rack is perfect. But there are some cosmetic issues like really bad paint job quality. Paint chips too easily on the surfaces that come into contact with the bar – pegs and safety bars. To protect the pegs, I’ve cut the bicycle tube to the size of the pegs and pulled it on them. For the safety bars, I just use some old t-shirts folded over a few times.
Another complaint that I’ve read about when I was doing my research was relatively big spacing between safety bar positions – 3 inches (76 mm). I have never encountered this issue but the solution is very simple – just put some wooden boards under the feet of the bench.
And the last two minor things. First, holes aren’t numbered so it’s harder to remember where to put safety bars. Solution – I’ve bought number stickers:) Or you could use a marker to label the holes you use. Second, chin up bar has really sharp knurling for me so I use old, finger bicycle gloves for chin ups and pull ups.
I would definitely recommend this rack to anyone who is thinking about buying a power rack. It’s easy to assemble, parts fit together nicely, it is stable and sturdy with great maximum load capacity and has 10-year frame warranty! I’m really satisfied with the purchase of this rack and I don’t think I will ever need to replace it. I mean, how many regular people will be able to test the limits of this rack?:)
If you want to check the reviews from other people or are considering buying it, I recommend Amazon.com. They have the best price, as far as I was able to find.
Thank you for reading and if you have any question or suggestion, you’re more than welcome to leave a comment:)