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Shockingly solid treadmill UPATED
on August 24, 2014
UPDATE: I originally gave this treadmill 4 stars, but now that I've had it for a few months, I'm demoting it to 2 stars. Here's why: After using it about 6 times, it started to go clunk clunk clunk, which can't be good. Luckily, I bought it from a reputable retailer with a good service department. The drive motor and drive belt needed to be replaced. On essentially a brand new treadmill. That repair happened last week, and so far so good. But, honestly, between the static shock problem (which I have "solved" by putting hand towels on all the bars) and the chance that you, too, might get a treadmill that needs to have its motor replaced within weeks, I can't recommend this. There has to be better options out there. Keep looking. I'll leave some of my original review here, in case it helps someone shopping.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I bought this from a retailer, because Amazon doesn't offer delivery and set up, and I wish they would. I replaced another treadmill, similar price, that gave me faithful service for 15 years.
I have a home gym in a very small room, which also includes a stationary bike and an elliptical. My old treadmill was also a fold up. I would keep it folded up, and then wheel it into the center of the room and open it. That was my plan for this one too.
Well, forget that. It is way too heavy to do that. Maybe for a strong man, but not for me. I can manage to close it, but it is nearly impossible to maneuver in a small space, it is much too big, heavy and unwieldy. So if you are looking for something that is really portable, look elsewhere. I rearranged my room, and now I keep it open. The plus side of the heaviness is that it is sturdy, and doesn't slide on my wood floor, like my old treadmill did.
It seems to have lots of cool programs. I just like to get on the thing, plug in my ipod and run, so that's a bit lost on me. There's a display with your age, height and weight which makes the calorie count more accurate, but other than the weight, you have to load the info on a USB from a fitness program and then download it into the display. That's a lot of bother. Mine came preloaded as Age 30, 6'7" and 150 pounds. Not even close.
I like the running bed, it's sturdy, and doesn't have a lot of bounce. I like that it comes with its own heart rate monitor belt, with a display right on the console. There are metal sensors in the arm rail that are unnecessary, because the belt works great. I compared it to my Polar monitor, and it's close enough, although loses some beats over 140.
The display is big and clear. It has quick change speeds and inclines, which is a nice feature. There are also speed and incline buttons on the arm rails, which I don't care for -- they are in an awkward place and too easy to hit by mistake.
Now to my biggest issue: the static shock problem. I see in these reviews that about 1/3 the reviewers experience it, count me in on that. I can't run more than 2 minutes without feeling a static shock when touching the metal pieces on the machine. And this is in August, when there's humidity in the air. I tried everything the retailer suggested -- made sure it was plugged directly into the wall, a rubber mat on my wood floor, wearing cotton running shorts, even rubbing my shoes with dryer sheets. Nope. Oh, they also told me that running shoes with black soles are better and I should change my shoes. Honestly, I have fussy feet, and to find another pair of shoes I can run in AND have black soles, well, it would be easier to get another treadmill. I have found one thing that works: just keep a towel draped over the metal parts of the hand rail. Simple. It seems to discharge the static without a shock. Works great now, hope it will also work in the dry air of winter. I've read that other treadmills have this problem, too, but not all. I think if I had read these reviews and known this particular model had this issue, I would not have bought it.