Pulleys are smooth with the proper lubrication and adjustments. Metal feels sturdy and well built. Assembly is not as troublesome as some have it to be. I put it together by myself over the course of 2 days but took frequent breaks and ran errands during the process. Working straight, a person could put this together in as little as 5-6 hours and even faster with 2 people. Make sure you read the directions carefully and apply grease where stated and do not over tighten where stated. One piece of advice; Do not over tighten the carriage guides to the bottom of the center base. It will cause the carriage guides to have a bowing effect which will impact the glide and cause friction with the Weight Carriage. I had to go back and loosen that a bit to get a better glide. Also, you may need to tighten the pulley cables a bit by adjusting which holes you line up with when installing the Long Double U-Bracket. (step 32) The manual states this clearly so it's nothing that can't be figured out. Once I made these two adjustments and added the lubrication to all pulleys, guides, and cables, the machine glides like professional gym equipment. Really smooth!! The smith system is smooth as well!
ordered the equipment online back in july 1st with delivery option of july 11th. received around 100 txt messages with delivery reminders so I took the day off from work to be able to receive the package at home then the delivery day came and nothing happened not even a call to tell me what was going on so the next day I called and they re-schedule the delivery for july 13th and as I expected the day went by and nothing happened again. Funny how they charge your credit card right away and then they are unable to deliver. So now they are telling me that they don’t even have that equipment. I will wait a few more days and if nothing happens then I will cancel the order and buy it from another store like I should have done it the first time. Worst experience ever with SEARS.
Ive owned this machine for only 6 months. Already the end caps broke and the large cable plastic coating is shredding. I havent had any luck in finding the end caps or the large cable. I regret buying this thing, do not buy, but some other machine.
Best item for best price for me
i ordered this item online, and received it on the promised delivery date. all the parts were included. took me a few hours each day for three days to put together. STRONGLY recommend that you read the ENTIRE assembly pamphlet BEFORE you attempt to assemble. if you heed that advice, you probably won't have to take anything apart to assemble it correctly. extra kudos to the delivery men, professional and courteous.