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If you’re only interested in the high-pulley and low-pulley stations of a home gym machine, there’s no need for you to spend on a model with multiple workout stations, such as the Powerline P2X or Marcy MWM-990. A simple lat pulldown machine such as the XMark XM-7618 may be the perfect choice for you.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 56.7L x 48W x 84H inches (144L x 122W x 213H cm)
- Assembled weight: 122 lbs (55.3 kg)
- Weight capacity: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Possible exercises: 20+
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 1 year
Frame construction and parts
The XMark XM-7618 lat pulldown machine features a frame made of steel tubing, 11-gauge, 2″ x 3″ (5.0 x 7.6 cm), similar to the Powerline PLM180X. All its steel parts are coated with a corrosion-resistant powder finish, silver in color. However, several parts and accessories, such as the guide rods of the plate carriage, the base frame of the thigh pad, or the lat pulldown bar feature a chrome finish.
The machine is not extremely large. It’s footprint measures approx. 57″L x 31″W (144 x 79 cm), but its total width is given by the lat bar which measures 48″ (122 cm). Therefore, in order to properly operate the machine without any hindrance, it is recommended to assign at least a 7′ x 6′ workout area for it.
When it comes to height, the highest point of the assembled item is 84″ (213 cm). This means it won’t fit properly in a room with a 7′ ceiling, so it’s recommended to place it and use it in a room with a higher ceiling. This being said, the lat machine can accommodate comfortably users up to 6’4″ (193 cm), promoting a complete range of motion for lat pulldowns. In case you’re taller you should still be able to use the lat station, but in order to benefit from a complete arm extension, you may have to improvise.
This XMark lat pulldown machine features quite a sturdy and stable construction. Its base bars are equipped with large pads which enhance its stability. The base bars of the frame do not have any holes for anchoring it to the floor, but you can always drill a few (this will void the warranty, though). The fully assembled frame it’s fairly heavy, though, weighing over 100 lbs, so it has plenty of stability on its own.
The machine is equipped with a small, but a generously padded seat, integrating a 3″ Dura craft cushion. The seat is non-adjustable; its top is flippable, on order to offer more room for various low-pulley workouts. The seat’s upholstery is made of Dura guard vinyl, designed to last for many years of use without excessive wear.
The XMark XM-7618 is equipped with a thigh stopper element, which features 4.3″ (11 cm) thick foam pads, in order to deliver maximum comfort during lat pulldown exercises with heavy loads. As opposed to the seat, the thigh stopper is height adjustable. Its upright bar offers a span of a few inches of adjustment.
The frame is also equipped with a flip-up footplate, featuring a diamond pattern for offer better adherence for the feet during upright curls or rows. It’s an element that not all lat pulldown machine have, an element that considerably improves stability during various low-pulley exercises.
The weight carriage of the machine features Standard (1″ – 2.5 cm) bars, but a set of chrome sleeve adapters for Olympic plates is also included. It’s rated for loads up to 400 lbs (181.4 kg). The length of each arm of the weight carriage is 14″ (35.5 cm).
Last but not least, the XMark XM-7618 is equipped with heavy-duty nylon pulleys, which integrate stainless steel ball bearings for smooth operation. The cables are aircraft quality (2,200 lb test) steel ropes, and also feature a nylon coating.
An important aspect to be mentioned here is that the XMark XM-7618 lat machine does not come with a weight plate set. You’ll have to use the ones that you already own, or purchase a set separately. As we’ve mentioned above, the machine can use both Standard and Olympic plates.
There are three main accessories included with this lat pulldown machine. These are the lat bar, the short bar with the extension chain, and the Olympic sleeve adapter set.
The lat bar is a standard 48″ length one, featuring a chrome finish, with two knurled areas. Its ends are rubberized in order to provide a secure and comfortable grip for standard pulldown exercises.
The short bar comes with an extension chain attached to it. Just as the lat bar, it has a chrome finish and rubberized grips.
And finally, the Olympic plate adapters are also chrome-plated, and as we’ve mentioned above, they have a length of 14″.
- 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
- Triceps press downs
- Seated rows
- Stand-up rows
- Biceps curls
- One-arm biceps curls
- One-arm deltoid raises
- One-arm shoulder presses
- Cable crunches
- Cable front squats
- Cable forward lunges
- Cable reverse lunges
- Cable lateral lunges
- One leg stand-up curls
- Hip adductions
- Hip abductions
- … and more.
Evidently, for some of these exercises, you’ll need various accessories. For example, for ab crunches, you’ll need an ab rope, or for hip abductions, you’ll need an ankle strap. But these are fairly cheap accessories, and widely available, but unfortunately not included.
Assembly and Maintenance
The machine’s assembly is far from being complicated. It shouldn’t take more than one hour. You’ll basically have to set-up the base of the frame first, then add the carriage guide rods and the weight carriage, the seat frame and low pulley, and finally set up the top bar with the pulleys and main cable. The supplied manual offers all the information needed for assembly. Tools are not included, but two adjustable wrenches will suffice.
For maintenance, all you have to do is periodically check the machine’s joints to make sure they still hold tight in their places and re-tighten them if it’s the case. Also, if the pulleys develop squeaking noises, some lubricant should solve the problem.
- Sturdy steel frame;
- 400 lbs load capacity;
- Relatively small footprint;
- Adjustable knee stopper;
- 4.3″ foam rollers the knee stopper element;
- Flippable seat, with 3″ of Dura-Craft cushioning;
- Low pulley station included;
- Heavy-duty nylon pulleys, with sealed ball bearings;
- Lat bar included;
- Short bar for low pulley exercises included;
- Olympic sleeve adapters for the load carriage;
- Offers the possibility to perform more than 20 exercises;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- Taller users, over 6’4″ may have to improvise for certain exercises.
- Weight plates not included;
- Ankle strap not included.
The XMark XM-7618 is a lat machine which also includes a low-pulley workout station. Its weight capacity is 400 lbs and can be loaded with both Standard and Olympic plates. It offers the possibility to perform more than 20 exercises including lat pull-downs, biceps curls, triceps press downs, seated rows, upright rows and more. It also excels in comfort factors, featuring a generously cushioned seat, and extra thick foam rollers for the knee stopper. In all, it’s a well-constructed fitness machine, offering excellent value for the price.