Behold, the 72" shorty, 6 post Light Commercial rack. I took a Light Commercial, added a Brute Rack 6 post extension, cut the uprights so they fit in my low-ceilinged space, drilled new holes to make them compatible, added holes for change plate pegs on the connecting struts, and cut a slot in the logo plate so I can hang a second pulley from it making the cable length perfect.
I believe the Light Commercial rack is the perfect balance between cost and function. It gives you as much as most people will ever need, does it with good quality of life, and doesn't overcharge you for it. I live in a basement apartment, so we're talking small space and low ceiling. The rack fits comfortably, lets me do full-ROM pullups, and is light enough that I can move it out of here someday without dying. So it's kinda wimpy and insubstantial, right? Nope. It barely wobbles if I try to shake it - hard - from any angle. This rack feels safe with any amount of weight that I will ever, ever lift. Not bad for being able to slide the thing around the floor by hand if I take all the weights off.
Assembly was fifty-fifty. The hole spacing didn't quite line up (even on just the Light Commercial, not talking about the crazy mods) so I had to cut the uprights by 1/8" - 1/4" to assemble it. Wasn't a huge deal because I had the tools, but it would have been a stumbling block for some. The hardware could be better sorted/labelled, and the metric socket size was a pain. Mostly nitpicking. Assembly was fine, and you only have to do it once.
Why didn't I just save the work and get a Brute rack to begin with, if I was willing to chop it down to size? I, uh, didn't know I was going to do this. I got the Light Commercial first and found that storing the plates on the rack got in my way too much. With 6 posts I don't have to spend time shuffling plates around during my workout. I would recommend having a plate-storage solution in mind.
Great rack. Love using it. Don't see myself ever needing more. I recommend it to anyone.
- My Fitness Goal Is: Avoid dadbod without giving up beer. The dream.