make your own cable station? Man, that seems like it would be incredibly difficult to do in any sort of cost effective way. I’ve built a handful of pieces of strongman equipment myself, and even that’s difficult to do at less cost than what I can buy from the companies that mass produce the stuff. And those are relatively simple to produce from an engineering standpoint. Basically just parts and labor.
For instance: I’ve built a couple axle bars out of sched 80 pipe. I buy pipe in 20 foot lengths. You can buy shorter lengths, but you end up spending far more per foot. Anyway. My cost to build the first axle I made was around 50-60 dollars. And it was unpainted. And I welded it myself. I could get a nicely fabbed axle from rogue, powder coated, for like 100 bucks. So even buying material at the cheapest price ANYONE will be buying it, it’s still difficult to do cheaply. Now, making 2 or 3 or more of a thing at once saves on my cost significantly. But if you’re making something for yourself, that generally doesn’t make sense.
As for a cable machine: no fucking way I could make one of those for less than 4-5k. And amazon sells it for 2k.