any joint over time will become very loose regardless of how many times one tightens the bolts. The flanges will wobble and the gap widths will open causing looser joints. Straight runs of tubing / pipe rarely need to be replaced due to use, it’s always the joints that cause the issues.
Welding however actually blends the metals together forming a one piece assembly eliminating those weak spots. If this were a $1000 difference then I’d recommend tightening the bolts every few day/ weeks whatever it takes but $260 is nothing for the added engineering and quality. Plus the OP asked for reasons to favor one over the other.
This is why I posted the things I did and again with that close of a price gap they would be wise in my opinion to go with the EFS model. Already having a YOKE bar is a great thing as you can show the quality of the bar. I also have a Yoke Bar, Spider bar, Swiss bar, 2x2 rack, GHR and all of it is brick shit house solid. Hell I have the Blast Straps. The hardwear on those are over built & big as fuck and will last forever. If I remember correctly the weakest point on the blast straps tested at 600#.
S you can tell I am a huge fan of EFS shit and it’s for a reason. I know that when I buy it it’s an investment that will pay huge dividends in the long run vs some shoddy shit I got a “deal” on. You really do buy nice or you buy twice. I have bought some shit in the past and I justified to myself how I did the right thing for example my flat to incline bench. I was cheap and bought a $400 model.
Guess what it fucking sucks, I should have dropped the $600 and bought the EFS one. Now I’ve spent $1000 on a fucking bench…and I have to haul this piece of shit bench off. Live and learn…[/quote]
thats the explanation i was looking for, makes sense.