The Bodycraft F410 isn't your typical Smith machine multi gym. The basic unit consists of just the bare necessities. In our case, that's a Smith machine. However, with an optional upgrade, this piece of unassuming gym equipment from America can pack a decent punch and provide some good home workouts.
But is a pulley system upgrade enough to set this modest Smith machine apart from the sea of competitors?
Let's find out.
The Bodycraft Linear Smith Machine has a 7-degree slant and benefits from high-quality bearings. Together, these two features produce superior training results because they enable you to lift with a natural movement pattern.
These features are most noticeable in exercises like the bench press, where you don't typically push the weight straight up and down. Instead, most of us tend to arc the guidance bar backwards as we lock out the rep.
You'll notice that the F410 is also pretty light for a Smith machine, weighing just shy of 86kg. At first, I thought that its lightweight build might result in a frame of dubious stability. However, with an impressive 225kg weight capacity, I can't complain about the structural quality, which also benefits from a 7-year warranty.
That said, the parts only have a 1-year guarantee. This warranty is significantly below the industry average so I'm not sure that the F410 can withstand the most intense workouts.
And while the F410 isn't exactly expensive (for a smith machine!), it still costs a hefty chunk of change when you factor in the attachments. Add this to the complete lack of storage, and you quickly start to realise that you can get yourself a better deal elsewhere.
Should you get the BodyCraft F410 for your home gym?
Skip to the conclusion now if you want to see our top recommendation for a mid-range Smith machine.
As mentioned, the BodyCraft F410 Smiths machine has a 7-degree angle built into the frame. While the slant won't make much difference on the squat exercise, it may improve your bench press by making the movement feel more free-weight-ish (yeah, I made that word up)
Another great thing about the F410 is that you get 12" of space on each side of the barbell to load your weight discs. Since it also has a 225kg weight capacity, you can definitely tell that BodyCraft has engineered this Smith machine for toughness, which is useful if you like to lift heavy.
Where the F410 is less impressive, however, is in the number of bar hooks. There are only 7 lockout points on the entire frame.
Given that safety is the name of the game with Smith machines, this is a major strike against the F410 in my book. I can't remember the last time I reviewed a Smith machine with fewer than 10 lockout points. So 7 is pretty poor by industry standards.
Considering that this product is also designed for light commercial use, there should be more options for us to re-rack the bar. When you fail a rep, an extra hook can mean the difference between safety and dropping the bar on your chest.
As for storage, well...there isn't any.
I find it strange that BodyCraft offers a high weight capacity—as if they're willing us to lift heavy— yet their machine lacks any kind of plate storage. Most of us are working with limited space at home, and the last thing we need is three weight disc trees cluttering up our workout area!
With a 12 gauge steel construction and sturdy metal guide rods, the F410 can clearly withstand intense workouts.
I particularly like that BodyCraft includes metal supports on each side of the frame that connect the uprights with the base. Now, I'm not a physics expert, but I can only imagine that this extra steel reinforcement boosts the machine's stability.
It's no wonder the weight capacity is so high!
That said, the one-year parts warranty does make me concerned about the reliability of the smaller components. Only time will tell whether they're up to snuff. And I guess that's the downside when you're shopping on a budget like most of us.
Much like the design, the safety features of the F410 are a mixed bag.
Let's start with the good stuff.
The safety stoppers have a high weight capacity, which is indicative of a sturdy frame.
Now for the bad news.
As I mentioned before, the frame has just 7 lockout points. While this is no problem on shrugs or bicep curls, it can make for a nervy final few reps on the bench press or squat movement .
Most of us will never need that extra lockout point—in theory. But often, life is unpredictable. And when your body gets pinned under a heavy barbell that doesn't know the meaning of ease up on me, you're going to wish that you'd invested in a more comprehensive Smith machine .
Ironically, the BodyCraft Jones 3D Smith Machine is from the same brand yet has far superior safety features.
Overall, the BodyCraft F410 Linear Smith machine is a good choice for many people. First, the price is reasonable, and the frame is very sturdy. Second, you can work every single muscle group on the machine from your chest to your buttock muscles. And, if you buy their pulley attachment, then you're only a bench and weight set away from having your own home gym.
However, the F410 is not the best product in its price range.
The Body Solid Series 7 is widely considered the best in its class—and I concur. By default, it comes with a 272kg capacity, a built-in squat rack and an exercise chart (and that's just the basic model).
Best of all, you can invest in an optional package deal that comes with 8 commercial-grade workout stations, which enables you to create your own dream home gym. It's definitely my favourite purchase of the past five years.
I also created a dedicated Body Solid Smith machine reviews page that you can check out if you want the full story.
But anyway. It has a lifetime warranty and considering that you'll never need to buy gym equipment again, I think that it's excellent value for money.