The Powerline PLM180X Lat Machine by Body-Solid is a free-weight lat machine explicitly designed to perform upper body exercises such as triceps press down, upright rows, lat pulldowns, seated rows, and others. The machine’s design allows you to perform a broad range of motions through full extension and contraction.
It has a heavy-gauge steel construction, which gives it robust and sturdy support as you exercise. The wide-grip bar features super-comfortable hand grips on the ends, though it can still be gripped comfortably anywhere along the bar without issue. It’s perfect for those with long arms and shorter arms, and it has a patented nylon bushing in the pulleys, which allows smooth operation.
The PowerLine PLM180X is not too heavy, weighing 69 lbs (324 kg). The seat supplied with the machine measures 14 x 2.5 inches and is a durable vinyl material. Also, the seat is not adjustable; however, you can easily remove it for more room.
The PLM180X Lat machine has three main accessories: the lat pulldown bar, the low row bar, and the cable extension for a low pulley. There are two pulleys at the top as well. In addition, the machine includes 8-inch (dual position) foam rollers to help you maintain a secure and firm grip.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: PowerLine PLM180X Lat Machine
Warranty: Frame 10 years / Parts 1 year
My rating: 8/10
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Please Note: The weight plates do not come with the machine.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 48L x 25W x 80H inches (122L x 64W x 205H cm)
- Assembled weight: 69 lbs (32.4 kg)
- Weight capacity: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Possible exercises: 20+
- Warranty: Frame 10 years / Parts 1 year
PLM180X Frame construction
The frame of the PowerLine PLM180X lat machine is 3″ x 2″, 11-ga steel, coated with corrosion-resistant silver paint. However, the upright post of the gliding weight carriage element features a chrome finish. The frame has a relatively small footprint, taking only 48″L x 25″W (122 x 64 cm) of floor space.
Therefore, if you already have a home gym setup, finding this machine’s space shouldn’t be too much. The machine’s maximum width is the lat bar, which is a few inches wider than the bases.
The machine’s bases feature rubber caps for stability, but these integrated stabilizers are not adjustable. Therefore, if the floor is uneven, it may be good to place it on a rubber mat.
The fully assembled lat machine’s highest point is 80″ (205 cm) above the floor level for height. Thus, it should fit in a room with a 7′ ceiling. However, the machine may not be tall enough for users above 6’3″, and they may have to improvise to benefit from the full range of motion.
This PowerLine lat machine is not extremely heavy. When fully assembled, it weighs approx 69 lbs (32.4 kg). Thus, one person can construct and transport it with no problem.
Seat and Foam Rollers
The seat supplied is pretty basic, approx — 14″ (35 cm) wide, with 2.5″ (6.3 cm) of padding. The upholstery on the seat is a durable vinyl material. Unfortunately, the seat is not adjustable, but you can quickly take it off if case-specific exercises require it. If you’re wondering, the top of the seat stands 18 ¾” above floor level.
The main post of the frame integrates a set of two foam rollers to support your knees if you’re pulling a heavyweight load. Each roller is 8″ (20.3 cm) long and 3″ (7.6 cm) thick.
Pulleys and Weight Carriage Element
This lat machine features three pulleys, two on the frame’s top bar and a low one on the seat frame bar. The pulleys are made of heavy-duty nylon material, integrate nylon bushings for smooth operation, and sealed ball bearings for a long life span.
The machine’s weight carriage element comes equipped with 1″ (2.5 cm) sleeves for standard weight plates, each sleeve being 8.5″ (21.5 cm) long. Springs for weight plates and sleeve adapters for Olympic weight plates are not (included), but they are readily available.
This lat machine has a weight load of up to 250 lbs (113.3 kg). However, users have reported holding up to 400 lbs (181 kg). The cables are, after all, steel ropes, rated for more than 1,000 lbs weight. In addition, the sleeves of the weight carriage element are excellent and should support heavier loads than 250 lbs without issues.
There are three main accessories included with this PowerLine Body-Solid lat machine: the lat pulldown bar, the low row bar, and the low pulley cable extension. The lat pulldown bar is a standard 44″ (112 cm) curved bar, and the low row bar is shorter, approx—22″ (56 cm).
Both bars feature foam grips for extra comfort. The cable extension is 80″ (203 cm) long, and it’s (required) to use the low pulley for biceps curls, seated rows, etc.
An essential aspect noted here is that the machine does not have a weight plate set. You’ll have to use the ones you already own or purchase a set separately. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the machine requires standard plates.
Various other accessories are available for this machine, including Olympic weight plate adapters, ankle straps for stand-up curls, ropes for ab exercises, etc.
- Lat pulldowns
- Behind neck lat pulldowns
- Close grip lat pulldowns
- Reverse grip lat pulldowns
- One-arm lat pulldowns
- Straight arm pulldowns
- Triceps press downs
- Seated rows
- Stand-up rows
- Biceps curls
- One-arm deltoid raises
- One-arm shoulder presses
- Cable crunches
- Cable forward/reverse/lateral lunges
- Stand-up leg curls
- Hip adductions
- Hip abductions
- and more.
Evidently, for some of these exercises, you’ll need various accessories. For example, you’ll need an ab rope for ab crunches or hip abductions and an ankle strap. But these are relatively cheap accessories and widely available.
PLM180X Assembly and Maintenance
First of all, this lat pulldown machine ships in two boxes: 77.56″L x 6.7″W x 4.3″H (40.4 lbs) and 48″L x 10.6″W x 7.5″H (34.3 lbs). Differently put, a single person can do transport and unboxing. Assembly is far from being complicated as well. It shouldn’t take more than one hour.
You’ll have to set up the frame’s base first, add the upright posts, the carriage, the seat frame, and the low pulley, and finally set up the top bar with the pulley’s primary 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 lubricants should solve the problem.
- Sturdy steel frame;
- 250 lbs recommended weight load, but can support more;
- Small footprint;
- 8″ foam roller for knee support included;
- Easily removable seat;
- Low pulley station included;
- Heavy-duty nylon pulleys with sealed ball bearings;
- The short bar for low pulley exercises included;
- Supports more than 20 exercises;
- Easy to assemble;
- Excellent warranty.
- Taller users over 6’3″ may have to improvise for specific exercises.
- Olympic sleeve adapters do not come included.
PowerLine PLM180X Summary
The PowerLine PLM180X is a lat machine that offers a bit more than a basic model. It also integrates a low pulley station and comes with a low row bar accessory, which other models don’t include. In addition, it has a 250 lbs weight load capacity.
Its weight sleeves are for 1″ plates; however, you can add Olympic adapters. It offers the possibility to perform more than 20 exercises, including lat pulldowns, biceps curls, triceps press downs, seated rows, upright rows, and more.
Even though this lat machine has been around for quite a few years, it still benefits from many 5-star reviews from most users. Also, it’s quite an affordable machine and does make a great addition to any home gym.
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Please note: Before starting any exercise program, you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.