Samson uses 3” x 3” x .188” (aka 7 gauge) square tubing. At best, the competition may use 2” x 3” x .120” (aka 11 gauge) or even 3” x 3” x .120” and some use as thin as 14- to 18-gauge. Both are lighter weights and thinner walls. The numbers will tell you Samson steel is much thicker, weighs much more per foot, and therefore much more durable than the competition.
If another company claims to use .188 wall/ "7 gauge" steel, ask if they use it on EVERY piece (cross pieces, safety catches, machines, benches, etc), because they do not! The saying we live by at Samson is "You're only as strong as your weakest link", thus, we NEVER compromise on quality.
Take a look at the steel tubing comparrison below between .188 wall and .120 wall. The competition leaves much to be desired.
Sealed Ball Bearings
Samson uses precision ground lineal ball bearings in 1”, 1.25”, and 1.5” diameters. Our bearings give a smoother ride than bushings on our top-of-the-line Rockwell 70 - case-hardened, solid steel guide rods. Samson lineal bearings are 1473% more expensive than comparable size bronze bushings.
Samson rotary bearings last longer rotate smoother and carry an eight year warranty. Samson precision ball bearings simply beat the competitor’s bushings in performance and durability.
The specs don’t lie! Our 40oz. Texhyde premier vinyl is simply the best. We have 40oz. expanded vinyl in a variety of colors. The expanded back and thickness is what makes it Samson Strong, unlike the 18-28oz. fleece-backed competition. Samson also goes the extra mile by double stitching and rounding off the corners!
Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel
All Samson adjustable parts are made of 2" x 2" stainless steel, which is then polished to a bright mirror like finish. The Samson finish is forever, unlike chrome plating, which will eventually chip.
Because of its lifetime durability, all Samson equipment now features this stainless steel on all adjustable pieces.
Super Dense Padding
We use super dense, closed cell neoprene, not just inexpensive open cell foam. Closed cell neoprene quality is far superior to foam. The price of closed cell neoprene can be up to 800% more, which means higher quality for you and a longer life for your equipment.
All Samson equipment is sandblasted and powder coated. Samson uses the Sure Coat Powder Coating system, which is the best powder coating system available.
Durable, Solid Oak
Samson uses three-quarter inch solid tongue and groove red oak, which is first sanded a Samson-standard four times to ensure smoothness, then coated a Samson-minimum four times with a self-leveling polyurethane to a basketball court finish. The final Samson finish is priceless.