Everybody says the machine doesn't help at all. But I am like you. I can't reach the others. I have been using it. I know it is not the same as a real pull-up. I'm not willing to purchase the bands. I think the machine does something. Whether or not that is getting me to a pull-up is another story. I'm okay with it. I'm also wondering if there's a way to use it for negatives since it does help me get up there. Negatives are supposed to be a good step toward a pull-up.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.