I really enjoy working out at home and I have to be careful which pieces I get due to space limitations. Of course the gyms have so much more equipment available, I have to do the best I can with what I have.Originally Posted by joecski
I have the Powerblocks and am extremely happy with them. I have a number of bars and free weights. For me the largest factors in my decision was safety and being able to do squats, so I wound up with a smith machine. I had purchased a bench press type bench that had adjustable uprights and safety pins but i hated it. It was a major pain to load/unload the bar with plates as it would become unbalanced and want to tip side to side. It wouldn't go high enough to get the bar on top of my shoulders to do squats and standing calf raises. My smith came with a lat attachment with high and low pulleys. This adds a lot of additional exercises. It has a plate holder on the rear on one side and a dip attachment on the other side. It had a metal plate that went across the floor to give the smith support from the bottom but I found it was always in the way and took it out a long time ago and have never had a problem.
With the smith, regardless of which lift the bar can be twisted to put the stops on. It doesn't go to absolute floor level for deadlifts but I believe I have read that going all the way to floor isn't neccessary. The smith I have has nylon bushings and I would recommend looking at one that has ball bearings for smoother operation.
Good luck and have fun spending the coin.