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This bench is slightly more expensive than the ones I was seeing at the big box stores and local exercise equipment shops but after putting it together I'm very happy I purchased it. It took about 10 minutes to assemble and be ready for use. The pad is comfortable, firm and very supportive. I've used benches in the past where the padding is mush and you can feel the wood digging into your shoulder blades. This pad is the compete opposite of that and feels a bit wider than the standard for extra support. The bolt together is nice because it allows for minor adjustments if your floor isn't perfectly level. Definitely happy with this purchase and would recommend it.
I bought this bench solely because of the bolt together option. Having to move around every few years it makes packing easier now that I can take apart my bench. Totally solid construction. You can loosen the leg plates which is great if you have an uneven floor.
When I put mine together the bolt stripped out inside the bench pad. I contacted Rogue customer service and they had a new pad in the mail that day and included a return label for the old pad.
Very solid construction, very nice pad which is wide enough to make a good base for benching. Good shipping and very easy assembly.
I had been putting off getting a new bench for over a year now. Shoulder issues convinced me that it was time. I looked around and kept coming back to Rogue. I chose the bolt-together because the concrete floor where I lift is not level. I hand toghtened the bolts, set the bench in place, and tightened according to instructions. No wobble whatsoever. The difference between this bench and my old one is astounding. It truly has to be seen to be appreciated. If you have been putting off buying a new bench, don't wait. Get this bench.
The thing that drew me to this bench initially was that it was cheaper (with shipping) than something at my local fitness superstore, and MUCH higher quality thanks to experience with previous Rogue purchases. As much as I want to shop local, at least I'm still supporting a great company with quality product. The bench came together quickly, only thing missing was a lock washer, but could have fallen out of the box during shipping, so nothing a quick trip to the hardware store couldn't fix! Looking forward to spending a lot of time on this bench!
The main frame member, the legs, and the feet of the bench are made of heavy (11) gauge steel, while the double triangles that hold the legs and feet to the main frame member are 3/16th inch thick plates. The main bolts that hold it all together are half inch thick, and the plywood board appears to be 3/4" (though my measuring showed it a bit less, but it is probably sold as 3/4"). Another thing I like: I am short and most benches at 19.5 inches off the floor don't allow me to get a good leg and foot position. This bench is only 17.5 inches high so it works well for me. Assembly is easy if you can turn a wrench. I have owned many benches at price points well above this one and this is the best one by far. I don't move my bench around, but if you plan to, be aware that this is not a light weight unit, it tips the scales at about 50lbs. It is rated at 1,000 lbs, and I believe it.