the above link states that
the product listed above is somehow not a deadlift machine and that it would be somehow ineffective?
the photos from what i can tell seem to show handles that can be adjusted in height and swing outward to mimic a bar grip. is this the case? also, if it is the case, and the machine can hold a max of 630 lbs (which with leverage i assume may be a max of lift of…500lbs?? would that be ineffective? could a powerliftin circuit with machines be quicker and nearly as difficult??[/quote]
Look, “difficulty” is in the eye of the beholder–in other words it is subjective. what “feels” difficult is difficult. So from that end yes. But the more important end is that a machine to build a “safer” deadlift is just fucking stupid because it does not train your stabilizer muscles, or the intramuscular coordination patterns that will serve you well when you need to pick something up in real life. In other words it will pre-dispose you to injury down the road when the load you are picking up is not controlled FOR you by some machine.
If deadlifts are good for the 64 year old I train, they’re good enough for you. He, btw, has no problems with lower back issues and loves the deadlifts. Do it right.