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Totally Decent Bench
 from Drexel Hill, PA,  Oct 1, 2010

For the price, this is a good enough back extension bench. Pros: 1) This bench has integrated foot pads, like a professional grade bench does, and others in this price range do not; 2) The construction is heavy enough for back extensions, the parts fit well together, and the painting is good quality; 3) The pads are dense, good quality, likewise with plastic components; 4) It took only a few minutes to assemble with a socket and box-end wrench; and 5) The bench extends in and out easily if you put a little white lithium grease around the collar. Cons: 1) Mine has a very slight defect (which does not affect performance) in the angle at which the leg-pad cross bar attaches to the frame. This may or may not be typically of others. My wife thinks I'm too picky, but it's just not quite square; 2) Dip bars are worthless for me; they are tucked too far underneath the pads, to the point that I wonder if I misunderstand the intent. Even if they were not, I'm 6' 4" and 230, and the tubing for the extending portion is too light to have extended for my height, and still support my weight. I only tried it once, but I'm sure the deflection I cause at my height/weight would bend the bar so it would no longer retract into the frame. All-in-all, I'm happy with the bench, but if I really needed the dip feature, at my size, I would need to buy a professional grade bench. If you're lighter and shorter, this will probably work well for both dips and back extensions.

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