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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It "Runs" Well, August 21, 2010
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This review is from: Nautilus T514 Treadmill (Sports)
A "six months later" update:

To sum it up: no regrets. Still runs well and am enjoying it. It's held up just fine under my big butt (well, not as big as it was since I've been using this thing) and I've gotten used to the treadmill's "personal profile" feature; as I said below, it just took tooling around with to get used to. I'm glad to see I snagged it when it was on one of those Amazon sales, because I'm not so sure I'd pay over 1K for it; depends on what a comparison with other current treadmills of a similar price would reveal. Still, if you can get this treadmill below that, I'd take it.

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Original review:

I've owned this treadmill for a little over a week now, so take this review for what it's worth.

I had no issue with the delivery experience. Amazon really seems to have their act straight when it comes to this part of the process as far as I can tell. I imagine delivery problems are akin to what makes the nightly news. Everything works just fine 95% of the time; it's only the 5% that goes wrong and makes the cut (and, subsequently, you get the rant reviews...understandably so; I'd be ticked too if I bought a $900 broke up piece of machinery). So I was lucky to be part of the 95%, with only a small irrelevant gash in the box with no damage whatsoever to the treadmill itself. As most of the reviews say, the thing is heavy. You can slide the box on a smooth surface if you're fairly strong, but unless you're a 'roid monster, don't think you can pick this thing up by yourself. Have a second pair of hands ready if you need to move the box around.

Putting it together took, maybe, 1/2 hour - 45 minutes. Most of the time took in getting the packing material off the parts and putting the thing where I wanted it. Aside from that, it's only a few steps in the process. Most of the nuts and bolts are already in place; it's just a matter of getting a few key ones in place and you're done. It does help to have another person to get certain things lined up so you could insert the bolt with no problem, but I don't think it would've been impossible to do it by yourself. The only glitch I had, and a minor one at that, was the need to get the treadmill's running mat centered once it was all put together. No biggie. Just needed to turn it on, a few twists of the accompanying allen wrench, and it was done. The manual shows you how to do it.

Turned it on for my first go and away I went.

I do like the white/blue digital display.

There seems to be enough different programs to keep me entertained for a while.

You can have 2 personal profiles to keep track of your calories and time spent on the treadmill. For some reason, it doesn't store distance. Perhaps I'm not doing it right. That's one of the minor gripes I have on the profile setting. Setting up the profile is no big deal, but it's not pretty intuitive as to how to retrieve or store the data. I get nervous I'm about to erase my profile and find myself having to refer to the manual to be sure I don't goof up. But I'll just attribute that to only having it for a week. The more I tinker, the more I'm "getting" it.

Unlike other reviewers, I actually think the little fan in the dash does a pretty good job. It has a low and high speed. Just enough of a breeze on the face to keep me comfortable. But that's just me; I suppose everyone has their preference.

A couple other minor quibbles:

I agree with another reviewer. Why the engineers thought to put the on/off button at the bottom-front of the machine is a mystery to me. Since the power chord is up toward the front too, I have the treadmill facing my wall (where the outlet is). So I have to duck under the handlebars to shut it off and on. Makes me think I'm going to slam my head someday if I'm not thinking. So yeah, the on/off button and the location of the power chord probably should have been thought through a little better.

I'm also not too keen on the beep sounds that happen every single time you push a button. Be nice if you could mute them.

But as I say, these are a couple minor quibbles in my mind.

To sum it up, a good experience so far. The treadmill has a real solid feel (and I'm a fairly big guy: 6' @ 250 pds.), doesn't make much noise at all (we have it downstairs and the only thing you hear upstairs, if you listen close, is the beep-beep-beep of pushing the buttons to set your profile or chose you program), and seems a really decent price for the quality (nothing like avoiding that sales tax on these big ticket purchases!). For peace of mind, and since this is a big ticket item to me, I bought the Square Trade warrenty. But I'm fairly confident I shouldn't have to use it if first impressions are of any indication. I'll try to remember to do a follow up in 6 months or so.

This is my first treadmill, so I'm certainly no expert, but if you're looking for one this one has this buyer's recommendation.
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