Great addition to leg day
This is my 3rd time purchasing equipment from Powertec. Similar to the previous two orders, getting my equipment from CA to MA was a pretty much a breeze. This comes of a pallet from a freight company, so I was easily able to schedule a drop off time and waive the required signature on delivery, as I wasn't going to be home. Packaging was EXCELLENT. Everything including the shipping boxes were fully intact. The assembly portion would have been a breeze if it wasn't for the spring/lock bar step. I'm not an engineer but I feel like there has to be a better way. I was surprised I actually completed that step and completed it without losing my mind. The whole assembly took about 2 hours. 1 hour was probably dedicated to the spring. I do recommend removing the guide rails from the carriage before inserting the spring like the video suggests. It's a great machine. Sturdy, smooth, quiet and looks nice. I'm not a fan of the traditional leg press, so I was happy to stumble across leg sled. It can be adjusted to suit the user which is important in a $1000 machine you can't really test out before purchasing.
A great leg machine
PROS: 1. This is a wonderful quad builder and I am happy I added it to my home gym. 2. It gives you a full range of motion and is very versatile in the adjustment of the footplate, back rest and calf block. 3. It is very smooth and quiet when in operation. 4. It is very high quality machine at a reasonable price. CON (There is only one) There is one major issue I confronted while assembling this machine, and it is putting that spring and lockbar on the machine. It took me TWO AND A HALF HOURS just to insert that spring and lock bar on to the carriage. The instructions in the manual are poor, and the video on Powertec's website makes it look simple, but believe me - it is very difficult to do correctly! This one step ruined the assembly experience for me completely. I recommend that Powertec ship this machine with that part of the carriage pre-assembled because not everyone will be able to do it! I am good at building machines and I ended up scratching up this machine something fierce just to get this spring on correctly. CONCLUSION: Despite the frustration I experienced with the build - I absoultely love this machine and cant stop using it since I got it. I would recommend this leg sled wholeheartedly!
I have had the CLS for a few months now and it is an effective part of my workout routine. Dealing with Powertec has been a great experience. Before I even purchased it, I had a question about the locking mechanism issue that some had mentioned and they responded quickly with the proper way to install it and even created a video showing proper installations. After I purchased it, it was delivered by their delivery company right into my garage. It was packed on a palette extremely well with no chance for damage. I do agree with some others that their instructions could be improved upon. However, they lay their fasteners out well and they are labeled. Watch both their videos on YouTube before you build it and you should not have any issues. They even included a permanent black marker pen incase there are nicks or you make a scratch on the sled frame. The CLS itself is a beast and well built from the seat to the frame. Once assembled it is very sturdy. I did use some silicone lube spray on the guide rails and it is very smooth to operate. It does not take up very much space. I use Rogue Olympic style weight plates. I am 6’1 and my wife is 5’3 and it works well for both of us. We really like it, but most importantly it is an effective machine for our workouts. I would gladly recommend the CLS.
This is just the perfect addition to my home gym! Compact and sturdy with smooth operation. Being a compact design I was worried that at 6’ 3” I wouldn’t get a full range of motion, but that fear was unfounded. If I have any complaints they would be with the instructions; the spring and locking arm were unclear as to the order in which it should be assembled and took back and forth to figure it out. I would also attach the seat way before the very end as getting yours hands in position to screw it on is incredibly difficult once the sled is completely assembled. Other that those two hiccups it’s easy to put together and a joy to use.
Good Machine with some work to fix it
Purchased about 6 months ago - works great since fixing 2 issues: 1. Assembly was okay except for the spring for the locking arm. Once figured it out the rest was fine. 2. Locking arm scraping against the main body (metal against metal) which made the machine not work smoothly. Removed the locking arm and used a metal filer to file the part/side that had scrape marks. That fixed the problem and works very smoothly. Bottom line: A promising machine if you have the skills and the patience to fix it. It is unfortunate that the manufacturer doesn�t seem to care to fix couple minor issues that would make the machine a great customer experience and protect its reputation and integrity of its products.