This thing would have been 5 stars if the handles were better and there was more weight in smaller increments.
First off, assembly is going to take at least an hour or two and you'll probably need help. That isn't a negative, just a fact...if you want something easier, get a set of dumbbells. If you have to do it by yourself, put the adjustable pulleys on the vertical support before you attach the supports to the base, then you won't have to try to slide them on while holding the whole mess in the air. When bolting the top on, put a little tape on the tip of the hex wrench to hold the bolts while you get them started (you will know when you get to this part...probably right after you drop a bolt in the hole). Also, don't tighten anything until you get the top on, you will need to push/pull things around a little to get holes to line up. This isn't bad construction, just the way it is when you have a lot of heavy-ish metal pieces coming together. Finally, run the cables up and down a bunch of times, twisting as needed, to straighten them before attaching to the weights.
Things I like:
Everything moves smoothly, and it is easy to adjust.
Multi-position handle gives you a ton of different ways to exercise.
The whole thing is very stable when doing pull-ups or using the cables.
The design means it can fit pretty well into a corner (it's wider than 90 degrees, but not by much).
With two stacks, you and your spouse/other can exercise together or you can set one side up for curls and the other for extensions to get more done in less time.
Things I didn't like:
The rope handle is too long (or the tower is too short) to use for push-down triceps extensions (I'm only 5-10, so it isn't because I'm too tall).
It's not quite big enough to be used as a true cable crossover machine, but you can do most stuff (handle-to-handle width is only about 4 feet)
There are 8 x 12.5 pound weights (each side), so fine-grained weight control isn't easy. 12.5 pounds is just a little too much for some of my rotator cuff rehab stuff, and 100 pounds is too light for triceps extensions.
The handles aren't on par with what you are used to at the gym. They are usable but, but not built to last forever.
All that said, it is a pretty good machine for the price. I paid less than five hundred for it, while most two-stack adjustable machines don't include the weights or cost way more. It is good enough that I'm not taking it back, and I would probably buy it again. If you are only going to have one machine in your basement, this isn't it. If you need to add a machine with adjustable stacks for various fine muscle exercises, this is a solid buy at about the same price as a many single stack machines.
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