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This review is from: York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case (Sports)
I strongly urge anybody considering buying this item to read this review fully before doing so. I ordered one of these last week which arrived promptly, however upon opening discovered that several of the weights were actually missing from the box. Amazon sent me a replacement product (without argument). Opening the second batch and upon closer inspection it was clear that the quality of this product has diminished somewhat over the years. A new cheaper grade metal appears to have been used on the dumbbell itself which is coated with some type of silver paint that had not been applied correctly, leaving the bar uncovered and flaking in areas. due to the poor finish on this product the grips are incredibly sharp on the hand, so much so it would be advisable to purchase a pair of lifting gloves. the casting of the spinlock's has to be the worst part of this product. it would appear that during the production process the operatives do not feel it necessary to once in a while clean the mold and as a result large clumps of dirt fragments have been imprinted onto the cast.
Sharp edges and shavings of metal have failed to be sanded down sufficiently. plastic shavings were also found in the box upon opening. the plastic box that the item is provided in (for the additional cost of £10 plus) is again made of a cheap grade plastic and has a cheap feel to it.
probably the most shocking aspect of this product is the rust that appears to have accumulated on the insides of the spin-locks (I don't believe this to be a storage issue by Amazon but that of York themselves). As detailed in some of the other reviews of this product the items do indeed have a repugnant chemical smell to them that greets you the moment you open the box.
as you can imagine I have returned these to Amazon for a full refund.
all that is left to say is that it is a shame that what used to be a quality brand and product has become a victim to the greed of those responsible for the stewardship of the company. I shall no longer be purchasing another item branded York.