Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand
Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand with Media Rack
The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand is well-built and helps prevent back strain by keeping the weights off the ground.
Even though it isn’t supported by the manufacturer, I was able to add caster wheels to the stand so I can easily roll it in and out of a closet between workouts.
A previous review mentioned installing larger wheels in the back and smaller wheels up front. I tried that and liked how the center of gravity shifted forward. But, wheels of different size made it hard to maneuver smoothly when rolling in and out of a closet. Once I went with four 3″ caster wheels, it rolls smoothly over carpet and hardwood and is much easier to maneuver into tight spaces.
After the trial and error of attempting multiple hardware configurations and ways of installing the wheels, I’ve finally settled on:
*Four 3″ thermoplasticized rubber swivel casters (with or without the wheel locks) with a threaded stem 3/8″-16 x 1-1/2″
*Four 3/8″-16 flange nuts (flat on the bottom)
*Eight 3/8 x 1″ washers. The thicker the better. 1-1/4″ washers will fit inside the frame but they may not lie flush with the surface because of the tapered corners of the tube.
To install, I pulled off the plastic end caps of the frame. On the frame, there are four holes for the included feet.
Inside the tube above the holes, there are already 3/8 x 16 nuts fixed in place. If you don’t want to remove these nuts, I guess you can try to use them. But, I felt more secure replacing these nuts with my own nut/washer combo to avoid stress on the tube’s metal.)
I used a cold chisel and hammer to bang the internal nuts from the frame. It didn’t take much effort to remove them so you could probably do the same thing with a hammer and old flat end screwdriver.
Once the nuts were removed, I pushed the caster stem topped with a washer through the hole making sure the flat top of the caster was completely flush with the surface.
Inside the tube, I added a washer and the flange nut and tightened it all up.
That’s it. The stand now has wheels and can be easily rolled around.
It seems stable and not in danger of tipping over during normal non-agressive rolling.
I don’t use the included straps to secure the 552’s trays to the stand. I haven’t had any problems with the trays coming off the stand especially when a number of plates are left behind when using lighter weights. But, it might be a problem if you are using all 52 pounds and aggressively remove the weights from the tray. There might not be enough weight remaining on the tray to keep it fully secured to the stand. But, I haven’t encountered this problem.Promised Review By Mr.c.