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Rogue RML-690C Power Rack is rated
4.8 out of
Rated 4 out of
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BANGARANGQuality! Easy to put together. I am happy with the purchase! Definitely need to add a few extras although usage from delivery perfect!
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of
Just a guy from
Beautiful Power RackLet me start by saying that this is a beautiful rack and was pretty easy to put together. I had my 12 year old daughter hold things in place while I inserted bolts. The rack itself is incredible, and I love the blue color. I purchased the rack with a monolift, pull up bar (w/ Fat and skinny bars) and 43" safety straps.
There were several issues with the rack when it arrived. Three of the holes in the rack had been cut but not removed from the rack. Happily, I was able to punch them out with a nail set and hammer. One of the solders at the base of the post was not completed (a couple of inches worth of solder were missing). And one of the monolifts had an ugly scratch and burr on it visible through the red paint (which means it was there prior to painting). Rogue Customer Service came through and gave me a bit of money back for the missing solder (I really only wanted to make sure it wouldn't affect the safety of the rack, so I appreciated the gesture) and replaced the monolift. I also had a couple of plates that were damaged in shipping.
They were replaced by Rogue. All in all I was happy with the result but a bit surprised that quality control would let those three items pass inspection (the plates were a UPS issue and not a Rogue QC issue).
I ordered the RML-690C with a custom height of 100" so that I could do presses inside the rack. I use the larger 43" section for squats and presses. I use the 24" section for bench press. I use the monolift for my bench press. The monolift (in my opinion) is too heavy and awkward to want to move around the rack between exercises.
For my part, I made a couple of errors that hopefully you can avoid. Even though I ordered a safety strap with the 690C, I opted to also receive the pin-pipe safeties that come standard with the rack. Unfortunately, I needed a couple of extra inches of room in front of the power rack in order to take the safeties in and out. Because I didn't have the room, I thought I might reconfigure the rack in the room in order to accommodate the pin-pipes, but it would require disassembling the rack and moving it around. In the end, I never got around to it and decided that the safety straps worked well for my purposes. I called Rogue to arrange to send the pin-pipes back. Alas I did it 10 days after the 30-day return period expired. Shame on me. Now I have an unused pair of pin-pipes on the floor in my study to remind me of my mistake. For what it's worth, I dislike the Fat/Skinny double combo pull up bar and don't use it. However, once it was attached to the power rack, it became used and was not returnable according to Rogue. So basically it's still on the rack for no other reason that I paid for it, and it offers some added rigidity to the frame.
BEWARE: When ordering additional items for the power rack I ran into problems with the hardware used to attach the 24" safety straps, additional plate storage posts and the single pull up bar I later ordered. There was no option for black hardware (i.e. the hardware that came with my RML-690C). Without seeing hardware options, I assumed that the hardware that would arrive would match my existing hardware. It didn't; it was chrome. I looked around the site to find the black hardware without success but after calling customer service I was able to get the chrome hardware swapped for black hardware (at an extra cost as well as additional shipping charges to return the chrome and get the black hardware sent to me). I was annoyed at myself and a bit annoyed at Rogue for not offering the option of black hardware under the selection options when ordering additional pieces for the RML-690C. Don't make my mistake. Call customer service when placing your order for additional stuff so that you can get the right hardware the first time around.
I also ended up sending one order back that arrived without hardware. I later saw that the item stated it did not come with hardware (I have no idea why as it is useless without it). When I asked Rogue about purchasing hardware, I was told that they do not allow customers to just order hardware on its own (even though I had just received Rogue equipment that required hardware in order to be placed on the rack). That was the first time I was truly disappointed with Rogue Customer Service. The other stuff was annoying, but this policy struck me as being intentionally unhelpful. Anyway, I decided I'd had enough anyway and returned that order. Still can't understand why they wouldn't send me hardware if I was willing to pay for it and needed it in order to install equipment I had just ordered from Rogue. In fact, after spending approximately $5K on Rogue equipment in the preceding month to month and a half, I'd think they'd show some flexibility just to make me happy.
That said, I love the RML-690C. After all the hardware annoyances with ordering additional pieces for the 690C, I confess that the bloom is off the Rogue rose. But the rack is solid and beautiful, and I'm happy with what I have. I think you will be too. And perhaps even more so, if you can avoid my blunders with subsequent orders.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of
Very HappyLove this rack. Had to wait to set it up because bolts shipped separate from rest of the parts. Also, 3 plastic caps were missing from plate storage bars. Overall it is perfect for our garage.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of
Monster Lite rackThe rack is solid, and well put together. Purchased along with numerous other items.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of
We are HumbledWe received the monster-lite (ML) recently. Set up/assembly was so easy it was just silly. I was able to finish comfortably in 2 hours with minimal help. Actually my wife and 5 yr old held thigs up while I bolted them together. Everything is perfectly straight and lines up precisely. We have been using our ML now for a week and it’s clear we are going to need time to grow into this architectural marvel. There are so many options and possibilities, creating a religious format will take time. I have built several gyms over the past 2 decades and if I was to fabricate one from scratch, this is exactly what I’d come up with. Versatility and accessories are seemingly unlimited with holes drilled practically everywhere on the frame yet not compromising sturdiness. Since the introduction of this gym into our lives we are designing new workout strategies and cycles we were unable to employ before due to gym limitations. Basically everything about our workouts is changing but our ability to continue with the oldies are still available. We can go as heavy as we want or spice it up with a customized cross-fit application, changes that are welcome and long overdue. Safety in our gym is of the utmost importance and this monster has the structural integrity to make even the most safety conscious individual, yours truly, feel very much at ease. Everything about this animal is bulky, solid, and sturdy. There’s plenty of storage for all our plates which is huge. As you probably already know extra weight trees are pricey and take up way too much precious space. This beast is the real deal. My only regret so far is I waited too long to get serious and order one. We are truly humbled by this dream gym, and to the makers and designers…Dily Dily!!!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 4 out of
Re: Pin Pipe Safety DamageI have been using the RML-690 for a month. I am worried that the pipes might rust over time and break since I do Above Knee Rack Pulls for my Upper Trapezius. Also, it ruined the knurling for my Barbell when I slid the bar by accident instead of rolling the bar. I had to result to using 2 towels to cover them. If Rogue can make a Monster Lite Version of the Flip Down Safeties without compromising the durability, that would be great. I am more worried about the Pine Pipe Safeties and hope that you would at least make them more durable by coating the outside of the pipes with strong plastic or rubber. Over all the rack itself is mighty strong.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of
Solid, well designedI've never owned Rogue equipment before. After much deliberation and consideration of competitors, I pulled the trigger and purchased the RML-690, the land mine attachment, and the dip attachment.
Shipping took longer than expected, it was about three weeks before it arrived. But I have to say I was really impressed (giddy like a school girl?) when I started unpacking everything. First of all, Rogue does an awesome job packaging its equipment. I've ordered from places like Rep Fitness and Fringe Sport, and their packaging, while mostly adequate, leaves a lot to be desired. Rogue on the other hand ensures equipment arrives in perfect condition. Secondly, I was really happy with the quality of the product while I started to unpack. Viewing it on the website doesn't do it justice. This stuff is hefty, thick, beautifully powder coated and the welds are exceptional.
I had to unpack literally everything before I found the assembly instructions, which is a single sheet of paper in the bolt box. Upon looking at the instructions I was a bit intimidated due to the number of connections, but it turns out to be really simple--it's all just the same bolts and washers with exception of four that are 5" long that attach the cross members/uprights of the plate storage rack to the power rack.
I would advise having help assembling this beast. I did t myself and it was a challenge. It's difficult to shuffle the pieces around while assembling the two halves of the power rack with the pull up bar and fat/skinny bar.
As impressed as I was with the power rack itself, I was no less impressed with the dip attachment (massive!) and the safety spotter arms. Both were well constructed and a fair amount bigger than I had anticipated.
A couple of negatives as far as I'm concerned. First, I ordered the safety spotter arms so I could squat in the rack and do heavy bench presses using the spotter arms outside the rack. I lift alone and wanted the peace of mind knowing when I go for heavy singles I won't snuff my life out by dropping the bar on my chest, thus allowing my wife to spend out her days with the pool guy on a beach in the Caribbean. Unfortunately due to the pipe and pin configuration in the power rack, the options for the spotter arms are greatly limited. While I worked out a configuration that works for me to some extent, I can see shorter or taller lifters encountering a conundrum should they also desire to use the safeties as I have.
Also the pipe/pin safeties are a bit of a pain to both adjust and align. Because of the Westside spacing I found myself repeatedly counting the number of holes from a reference point to ensure both sides were aligned. I would recommend the upgrade to either the straps or the more expensive safeties. Also the holes aren't numbered so aligning the holes for either the J cups or spotter arms could potentially be problematic. My solution was to find the sweet spot, them mark the appropriate holes with chalk for easy reference.
Additionally, due to the bolts attaching the cross members in the front part of the main power rack, I've found that I can't use the spotter arms for rack pulls below the knees. The lowest I can get the supports are about 21" off the ground (which puts the bar right about my middle/upper knee, I'm 5'10).
Also, no fault of Rogue, I had hoped to be able to use the dip attachment while also having the bench/squat station set up. No dice. There is just not enough room.
Overall, this is an awesome product and I would recommend it to anyone. I will definitely be ordering from Rogue from here on out.
Thanks Rogue for making an awesome product that we can all be proud of calling American made.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of
Pin Pipe Saftey DamageI have been using the RML-690 for a month. I am worried that the pipes might rust over time and break since I do Above Knee Rack Pulls for Traps. Also it ruined the knurling for my Barbbell when I slide it by accident instead of rolling the bar. I had to result to using 2 towels to cover them. If Rogue can make a Monster Lite Version of the Flip Down Safties with compromising the durability, that would be great. Over all the Rack itself is very durable. I am more worried about the Pine Pipe Safties.