Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine Review

If you are looking for a good mid range home gym option for your own use, the Marcy SM-4008 Smith Machine is a good item to keep in mind. This Smith machine uses free weights to provide you with a challenge, instead of power rods or weight stacks. For many reasons, the Marcy SM-4008 Smith Machine is a great option to consider. This item is pretty big and bulky, but it also comes with some advantages that you will have a hard time finding with other options.

Overview

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Main Features

Hold onto your seat folks, because the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine has a whole lot of features we can get behind.

  • Solid steel aircraft quality cables
  • Has an adjustable back pad
  • Comes with a multi-function utility bench - removable
  • Has a pull up bar
  • Comes with a leg developer
  • Has a foot plate and low pulley
  • Comes with high cross pulleys
  • Leg developer
  • Lots of storage posts
  • Comes with safety catches
  • Comes with a weight bar
  • Oversized steel tubing for durability

Dimensions & Weight

The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is a fairly large, heavy, and bulky option to go with. This is something that can be expected with a Smith machine like this one. One thing is for certain. Once the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is set up, you are not going to be moving it around very much, plus it does require a fair amount of space in your home.

  • Length: 98 inches
  • Width: 80 inches
  • Height: 82 inches
  • Weight: 291 pounds

Warranty

The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine does come with a 2-year limited warranty on the frame and parts. While this is not excellent, it is also not the worst in the world.

Assembly

Assembling the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is not all that difficult. All tools and instructions are included in the packaging. The pieces are fairly easy to put together and the instructions are straightforward and simple to follow. One thing that does need to be said is that the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is pretty big and heavy, so you will likely need more than one person to complete assembly in a decent amount of time. Here is a link with some assembly info.

What We Like About The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine

There are of course a few different things which really stand out about the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine, so let’s go over those in some detail right now.

The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine has many different exercise options for you to go with. First off, it comes with a total leg developer with many different leg exercise options. The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine also comes with a pull up bar for upper body workouts, plus it also has high cross pulleys for cross over weight lifting exercises. Moreover, the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine comes with a highly adjustable bench that can be flat, inclined, or declined for various uses, plus it can be totally removed as well.

The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine also features a barbell for pressing and squatting exercises. It even comes with a footplate and low pulley for rowing exercises. It even has a chest press station for sitting flies. At the end of the day, you can work out literally every single muscle in your body using the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine.

Something else that we like about the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is that as far as free weight options go, this one is fairly safe and convenient. It does come with safety catches for when you are doing presses with the bar, almost like a built-in spotting device.

Moreover, the base of the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is very wide and stable so you know that it won’t tip over. Also, the cables used are high-quality aircraft grade steel cables that aren’t going to fray or snap on you. The fact that the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine also comes with tons of storage space for weight plates is yet another big bonus.

Another thing that we like about the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is that it is a very tough and durable item. There are not many moving parts except for a couple of pulleys and cables, or in other words, there are not many moving parts to be broken. Moreover, the oversized steel tubing frame of the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine makes it an extremely sturdy home gym option. Every last part of this mid range home gym is durable and built to last for years to come.

What We Don’t Like About The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine

There are some issues with the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine which do need to be mentioned. It is nothing too serious, but quite important none the less.

Something that we don’t like about the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is that the free weight design of it can cause some problems. First off, you do need to be careful because weight plates can fall and injure you.

Moreover, the weight plates are not included with the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine, so you will need to buy them. Having to buy weight plates, plus weight plates in general, are going to make this a very heavy option for your home.

Alternatives To The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine

So you have a bit of a comparison point, let’s talk about some of the other mid range home gym options out there right now.

Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym

The Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym is quite different from the Marcy Smith Machine reviewed above. While the MKM-81010 is a weight stack home gym, the Smith Machine uses free weights. The free weights are better for people who are more serious about weight lifting and already have some big power. This item is meant for big time strength training. It is big, it is bulky, it is heavy, and quite a bit more expensive too. The upside is that the Marcy Smith Machine also has quite a few more workout options than the MKM-81010.

Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

The Bowflex Blaze Home Gym is a good alternative to consider. The Blaze is a little more convenient because it is much lighter and less space consuming that the Marcy SM-4008, plus it is a little cheaper too, not to mention that it has a gliding seat for cardio. However, the power rod resistance of the Bowflex Blaze cannot provide as much of a challenge as the free weights of the Marcy Smith Machine. The Smith Machine is built for serious weight lifters looking for a big time long term challenge. The Marcy SM-4008 is definitely not built for the faint of heart.

Final Thoughts On The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine

The Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is a really nice option to go with. While it is a little more expensive than some of the other mid range options out there, it does come with a huge amount of exercise options, plus unrivaled durability too. Keep in mind, this item is big, heavy, and bulky, plus it requires the purchase of free weights. This is a really good home gym for anyone who is extremely dedicated to daily weightlifting routines.

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