Body-Solid DLAT-SF Pro Dual Lat & Mid Row Machine
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As its name suggests, the Body-Solid DLAT-SF Pro Dual Lat & Mid Row Machine is a strength training system designed for lat pull-down exercises and mid rows. Of course, since it is equipped with a high pulley and a mid pulley, it offers the possibility to perform several other exercises as well. It’s not exactly one of the most affordable lat machines available, but it’s a heavy-duty, commercially rated piece of equipment made to last a lifetime. It actually comes with a lifetime warranty for all parts.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 68L x 33W x 83H inches (173L x 84W x 211H cm)
- Assembled weight: 529 lbs (240 kg)
- Weight stack: 210 lbs (95 kg)
- Possible exercises: 15+
- Warranty: Lifetime
Frame construction and parts
The Body-Solid DLAT-SF Pro is a commercial-grade lat machine, and therefore, it features a heavy-duty construction. Its frame consists of 11 gauge 2.375” x 4.625” oval steel tubing designed to withstand 24/7 usage within the premises of a commercial gym club. All the steel parts in its construction feature a corrosion-resistant and abrasion-resistant, electrostatically applied powder coating. The color used is metallic gray, this being the only color available for this Body-Solid home gym.
Needless to say, the fully assembled unit is extremely heavy. It weighs over 500 lbs, and therefore, once it is assembled, it is not meant to be moved. Also, its assembly requires two people. The base of the machine rests on stabilizers with rubber pads for floor protection. However, due to its impressive weight, it is recommended to place it on a rubber mat.
The unit is fairly large for a lat machine. It is approx. 68″ (173 cm) long, and 33″ (84 cm) wide, while its height is approx. 83″ (211 cm). This being said, it should fit in a room with a 7′ (213 cm), but it will be a pretty tight fit. Also, it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side and at the front of the unit, for ease of access and unhindered usage.
The unit’s bench features a durable base made of the same 11-ga ovalized steel bars like the rest of the frame. It does not have any specified weight capacity because it can pretty much support any user. Its exact dimensions are not specified but it provides plenty of contact surface for any user. Its top cushion features 2″ (5 cm) of DuraFirm cushioning for optimal comfort.
The machine’s bench is equipped with a heavy-duty knee stopper featuring 6″ (15 cm) thick foam rollers for each knee. The knee stopper is adjustable; its upright bar has several adjustment positions. It’s also important to mention that the bench of the unit is non-adjustable. Its top is at approx. 16″ (40 cm) above floor level.
The Body-Solid DLAT-SF lat machine integrates seven fiberglass-reinforced nylon pulleys. They are all equipped with industrial-grade sealed ball bearings for a prolonged lifespan. The unit’s cables 5.5mm steel ropes coated with a layer of PVC material to prevent pulley scratching and to deliver a smoother movement. They are both rated for 2,500 lb duty, so they can handle with ease the 210 lbs (95 kg) weight of the machine’s stack.
One last aspect to mention here regards the weight stack covers. Not all home gyms come with such accessories. They add compactness to the machine and also maximize its overall safety.
Workout stations and accessories
The Body-Solid DLAT-SF lat machine makes available two workout stations. These are:
Lat pulldown station (high pulley). This offers the possibility to perform all types of lat pulldown exercises, as well as tricep press downs. It includes a standard lat bar with curved grips for optimal comfort. You can also opt for a tricep rope.
Mid-pulley station. This workout station offers the possibility to perform seated rows, woodchops and other mid-pulley exercises. The machine includes a seated row V-handle for it. However, you can also equip it with an ab crunch harness, a single-grip D-handle or a short straight bar. These accessories are not included.
It’s also important to mention here that each workout station has its own cable. Thus, you don’t have to swap cables if you want to alternate exercises. This can save a lot of time and hassle for each workout session.
The Body-Solid DLAT-SF lat and mid row machine is equipped with a 210 lbs (95 kg) weight stack which is composed of 20 weight plates, 10 lbs (4.5 kg) each. The top selector plate also weighs 10 lbs (4.5 kg), so the total weight of the stack is 210 lbs (95 kg).
The weight plates are made of heavy-duty cast iron, similar to the weight stacks of most other Body-Solid strength training systems, like the S2FT Functional Trainer, or the FCD-STK Weight-Assisted Chinning Machine. This is one of the reasons it is more expensive than other lat machines; cast iron plates are superior to cement/vinyl plates. The stack features a standard, pin-based selection system and each plate has a sticker that specifies the weight load.
The unit’s weight stack can be upgraded. You can opt for a 310 lbs stack (140.6 kg), in case the included 210 lbs (95 kg) doesn’t suffice your needs.
Since it’s a fitness machine with only two main workout stations, the repertoire of exercises that can be performed on it is not too broad. However, the DLAT-SF offers the possibility to perform more than 15 exercises. Among them, we can count:
- Lat pull-downs
- Behind neck lat pull-downs
- Close grip lat pull-downs
- Reverse grip lat pull-downs
- One arm lat pull-downs
- Straight arm pull-downs
- Standing tricep press downs
- Seated tricep press downs
- Seated rows
- Stand-up rows
- Mid-pulley curls
- Cable crunches
- Cable punches
- High-pulley woodchops
- Mid-pulley woodchops
- … and more.
Of course, some of these exercises require extra accessories. For example, you can do woodchops by using the included V-grip, but these can work better with a woodchop bar. Also, for mid pulley ab crunches, an ab harness is recommended.
Assembly and Maintenance
The DLAT-SF lat and mid row machine requires full assembly. It comes in several heavy boxes, so at least two people are needed for its transport and assembly. The assembly part will take at least a couple of hours, but it’s far from being a complicated task. The included manual offers detailed step-by-step assembly instructions and schematics. Tools for assembly are not included; you will need two adjustable wrenches, a set of Allen wrenches, a Phillps screwdriver, and a rubber mallet for it.
Once the machine is fully assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. It is recommended, though, to periodically lubricate the guide bar of the weight stack for a smooth plate movement. Pulleys may also require lubrication from time to time.
- Heavy-duty commercial-grade construction;
- Aesthetic design;
- Rubber pads on all base contact points;
- Adjustable knee stopper;
- 6″ thick cushions for the knee stopper attachment;
- Sturdy bench with 2″ cushioning and DuraFirm upholstery;
- Heavy-duty nylon pulleys, with sealed ball bearings;
- 2,500 lbs tensile strenght, PVC-coated cables;
- Mid-pulley station is included;
- Standard lat bar with curved grips included;
- Seated row V-grip included;
- 210 lbs weight stack;
- Upgradable weight stack to 310 lbs;
- Cast iron weight plates;
- Offers the possibility to perform more than 15 exercises;
- Fairly easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Lifetime warranty for all parts.
- The bench is non-adjustable;
- Ab crunch harness and other accessories are not included.
The Body-Solid DLAT-SF is a commercial-grade lat and mid-row machine. It features a heavy-duty construction and includes a 210-lb cast iron weight stack. It’s also equipped with an adjustable knee stopper featuring 6″ thick cushions. It offers the possibility to perform more than 15 exercises. In all, it’s a top-quality lat machine, great for any home gym or commercial gym setup, and for users of all levels.