The directions were easy to read and follow. I built it myself and it took 4 hours. The tricky part is doing the cable and pulleys. This is where most of the time is spent. The machine has a weight stack that is 120 pounds but using it with this pulley system increases the tension weight. For example if you have it set on six weights the pounds are 60 but the tension would be 168lbs. So you don't need a ton of weights the pulley system works fantastic. Great engineering. A must buy for the price.
I've had this "Gym" for 1.5 years. I weigh in at 160 lbs male and consider myself moderate at workouts. The metal frame that holds the seat to the frame bent and snapped off at the welds (could of been serious hurt). Contacted weider they told me they couldn't do anything for me but could sell me the part for $150. I paid less than $400 for the whole gym. Called sears they said it past the 90 day warranty, noting they could do. Sooo If you intend on actually using this gym, and it really is only good for a few exercises (mainly the bench). Be prepared for shotty workmanship that nobody will back after 90 days. Next time I will get a bowflex they actually stand behind there products. Good luck..
In looking for an all around weight system for toning instead of plucking funds for local gym, this unit kept popping up. This was priced lower than other brands, but seemed to offer a few more options. While quality isn't peak, it offers a bit more areas of work out for a single piece.
It came in three boxes, two housed the weights, the third and largest box had everything else. Expect about 3 hours to get this set up and pace yourself with the instructions. The most difficult part for me was the pulley system since the cable kept slipping off of the pulley when I was tightening the bolts. I did it alone, so if you have assistance it should be a piece of cake.