Surplus Strength Pulley

surplus pulley system

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  • Plate-loaded, rack-mounted pulley system 
  • Built with 11-gauge steel 
  • Comes with: 
    • Universal Pulley System (UPS) high and low 
    • 1” or ⅝” pins and bolts
    • 2  ¼”   cables cut to length 
    • Surplus Strength loading pin
    • 3 carabiners
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Surplus Strength Pulley Review (2024): A Strong Pulley System for Strong Lifters

Surplus Strength Pulley Review (2024): A Strong Pulley System for Strong Lifters

Our Surplus Strength Pulley review will let you know if this is the best choice for a cable pulley system. Read the full review.

Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Fits a wide variety of racks
  • Only adds 2” to rack height
  • Cables custom-cut to your rack’s crossmember height
  • Very positive customer reviews
  • Made in USA
  • 30-day returns for non-custom orders
  • Lifetime warranty on welds
What needs improvement ...
  • High price point for plate-loaded pulley system
  • Shipping lead time will vary as products are made to order
  • Foot blades on low system are small

Product Summary

The Surplus Strength Universal Pulley System (UPS) bundle includes both the low and high pulley systems designed to fit a wide variety of racks. This attaches to your existing squat rack and only adds 2” of additional height. Surplus Strength claims it is the smoothest rack-mounted pulley system ever made.

Surplus Strength offers pulley options to fit both 2×3 and 3×3 racks and can accommodate ⅝-inch and 1-inch hole sizes. They will also custom-cut the cables based on your rack’s crossmember height. You can also purchase a custom color to fit your gym’s style for an additional $100. You are able to mount the system on the front, side or rear of the rack, depending on your gym space.

The UPS is built with high-quality materials. Surplus Strength uses 11-gauge steel lined with ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) plastic so the attachments won’t damage your rack. The pulleys are heavy-duty plastic and the hardware is stainless steel.

The reviews for the UPS are overwhelmingly positive. Buyers loved that they were able to add a pulley system to their rack even if they had limited ceiling clearance. Customers also shared that the system was extremely smooth, sturdy, and easy to use. They also raved about Surplus Strength’s customer service.


Hole size

1” or ⅝”


Red, textured black, or custom (+$100)

Rack dimensions

2×3” or 3×3”


Heavy-duty polyurethane or aluminum (+$50)

Handle colors

Red, black, orange


Lifetime warranty on welds, 5 years on pulleys

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      The Surplus Strength UPS is a high quality and expensive pulley system that only adds 2 inches in height to the top of your rack.