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LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill
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- Console readouts include: distance traveled, calories burned, walk and run time, step count and adjustable belt speed of 0.4 to 4 MPH.
- The small and compact size measures at 63" x 28.5" x 7.25" (L x W x H) and has portable wheels for lightweight mobility providing space saving and storable versatility.
- Deck: 3/4 inch phenolic deck. Quiet and high capacity 2.25 HP electric motor has a 20" x 50" (L x W) running and walking belt surface.
- Step up height belt 4.6 inch, side rails 5.25 inch, maximum user weight 350 pounds. Product Weight-Treadmill-114.6 pounds, Console-2.9 pounds
- Fully assembled out of the box. Lifetime warranty on frame, 3 years motor, 2 years parts, and 1 year labor.
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Easily Convert Your Stand-Up Desk Into A Walking Fitness Desk
The TR1200-DT3 is fully assembled out of the box, ready to work with your standing desk. Simply roll the treadmill under your standing desk, connect the console, and begin walking. The TR1200-DT3 gives you the flexibility to choose the desk you want or use a desk you already own and turn your standing desk into a walking desk.
Note: Desk is not included with this model.
Small, Portable Console
The portable console is 12.9 x 2 x 3.25-inches (W x D x H), the perfect size to discretely sit on your desktop so it will not get in the way of your work. The digital LED display shows steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled and walking belt speed. The weighted console has a safety key that shuts down the treadmill when removed.
Tailor the treadmill desk to meet your needs. Set your preferred maximum speed to either 2.0 or 4.0 MPH, silence beeps and alerts, resume previous speed, switch units of measure, and more.
Business savvy and wellness ready, LifeSpan technologies are devoted to improving your experience. Onboard Intelli-Step technology detects each foot step taken, keeping you aware of your daily step count. The integrated Intelli-Guard safety feature ensures the treadmill only operates when you are actively walking supporting a safe work environment.
As Comfortable As It Is Capable
Whisper-Quiet 2.25 HP Motor
The treadmill's motor is finely calibrated to achieve 2.25 hp at 2400 rpm, resulting in whisper-quiet efficiency over longer hours of use. Unlike with traditional fitness treadmills, Workplace treadmill motors are designed to work for hours at low intensities, guaranteeing miles of cool, quiet activity.
6 Impact-Absorbing Compression Shocks
Unobtrusive and refined, Workplace treadmills are composed of attractive, high-quality steel. Designed for quiet comfort, each treadmill has 6 impact-reducing compression shocks, allowing you to walk while gently respecting your feet, knees, hips, and back.
- Treadmill: 63" L x 28.5" W x 7.25" H
- Console: 12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H
- Step-Up Height: 4.6"
- Walking Belt Size: 20” W x 50" L
- Max. User Weight: 350 lbs.
- Treadmill Weight: 119 lbs.
- Console Weight: 3 lbs.
- Motor: 2.25 HP Continuous Duty Motor
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|Treadmill Dimensions||60.5" L x 26" W x 6.5" H||63" L x 28.5" W x 7.25" H||63" L x 28.5" W x 7.25" H|
|Console Dimensions||12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H||12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H||12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H|
|Belt Size||18” W x 45" L||20” W x 50" L||20” W x 50" L|
|Motor||2.0 HP Continuous Duty DC||2.25 HP Continuous Duty DC||3 HP Continuous Duty DC|
|Speed||0.4 - 4.0 MPH||0.4 - 4.0 MPH||0.4 - 4.0 MPH|
|Max. User Weight||300 lbs||350 lbs||400 lbs|
|USB Charging Port||✓||✓||✓|
The LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 is our top selling treadmill base and console, designed to support single users or small teams. The compact under-desk treadmill guarantees a perfect fit and easy placement under your standing desk. The portable control console is small enough to fit discretely on your desktop and still provide all the features you need, including readouts for steps, time, distance, calories and speed. The dependable 20” by 50” walking surface is equipped with 6 impact-absorbing compression shocks, supporting users up to 350-pounds. Quiet operation lets you stay respectful of coworkers while you walk at your desk for miles each day without impacting office productivity. High-quality components reduce mechanical noise and vibrations, keeping your focus on the task at hand. Get fit while you work with the TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill.
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WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
I was very skeptical at first about walking while working on a computer. I'm a Computer Programmer, so I'm at my desk typing for 10+ hours a day. Most of the questions I wondered were "How is typing while walking?", "How is controlling the mouse while walking?" and "How would my energy/concentration level be while walking?". With all the reviews I read online, it seemed people didn't mention having any difficulty with any of these questions, so I decided to get the treadmill.
Now that I've been working with this treadmill for a couple months now, here are my answers to the questions:
- How is typing while walking? It's actually not bad at all! Because you rest your wrist on/in front of the keyboard, and you don't move your hands from the keyboard, typing while walking is just as easy as when not walking.
- How is controlling the mouse while walking? This is not as easy. If you need to be extremely precise, like if you are a designer or playing video games, it's going to be a tad harder to use the mouse. If you're only going .5 mph, you'll be fine, but if you want to go 1.5+ mph, then you're going to have a hard time being precise with the mouse.
- How would my energy/concentration level be while walking? This is actually the best part. Because you are up and moving, your energy and concentration increases significantly compared to when you're just sitting down. It's amazing how much more alert I feel now than when I used to just sit down all day programming.
If you care at all about your health, and you have to be sitting for longer than 3 hours a day at a desk, then you should really get a walking treadmill. It is very unhealthy to be sitting long periods of time, for both your body and mind.
Why it's Better than Just Using a Standing Desk:
I have 6 months experience on a Standing Desk that could not go down. I will say it was the hardest 6 months of my life programming. It hurts really bad just standing for long periods of time (I'm pretty sure that's a form of torture at Guantanamo Bay...). Your legs and lower back start aching and giving out and all you want to do is sit down. Your body is meant to move, not stay still.
Why you should get a LifeSpan Walking Treadmill (Such as TR1200-DT3):
LifeSpan seems to make the best, affordable walking treadmills. I've researched online, and walkers seem to agree that this treadmill, along with it's older brother (TR5000) seem to be the best that money can buy. Also, customer service for LifeSpan, while not perfect, seems to be better than the competition.
THINGS PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT
The beeps on this treadmill can be very annoying. This treadmill beeps when turned on, beeps when you start, does a 3 second beep countdown when you start, then beeps for every .1 mph that you go up. The treadmill always starts at .4 mph, so if you want to go up to 2 mph, that's 16 more beeps.
SOLUTION TO BEEPING:
There is now a solution to the beeping! If you would like to turn it off, you'll need to go into "Engineering Mode" in your console (Which is really Easy) and change it. They have directions on how to do it on their online manual here: [...]. Goto the section on "Engineering Mode", look for "Audible Alert" and follow the directions there.
Having to Press the Up Button 16 times everytime you start the treadmill to get up to 2 mph:
This can be certainly annoying, but no one has mentioned yet (from what I've seen) that this action takes less than 5 seconds to do because the console is extremely responsive. I've read many reviews saying this task keeps them from running their treadmill because they don't want to do this every 30 minutes. In my opinion, 5 seconds is not a lot of time, so I'm willing to go through this torture.
SOLUTION TO HAVING TO PRESS DOWN 16 TIMES:
There is now a solution to this issue! They have made it so you can set the speed and have it continue at that same speed after you pause. Again, you'll have to set an option in "Engineering Mode". To get into engineering mode, hold down "STOP" and the Up arrow until you get a different screen. Then press the Up Arrow 18 times until you see "F019". Press Enter, then Press the up key to set the option to "1". Then press Enter again and remove the safety key. Put the safety key back in and enjoy the magic.
WHY IS MY RATING SO LOW?
My rating is so low because this treadmill came so scraped up and overall damaged, that I couldn't give it the 5 star review I wanted.
Details of the damage:
- Box had huge gashes of holes in it: The box came and the deliverers dropped it on my floor and left quickly, without letting me inspect it before they left. I've seen a lot of bad packages, but this one is by far the worst condition I've ever seen. Because of this, the following damages happened.
- Scrapes along both sides of the frame: The frame had a bunch of bad scratches along the sides. It looks ugly, but the frame itself was not bent or anything.
- Motor Cover was Completely Ruined: The Cover to the Motor had all 4 of its connectors shattered off, so it was pretty useless.
- Front-Right Wheel Shattered: The front-right wheel was shattered and couldn't rotate at all
- Monitor Connector extremely bent and couldn't fit cable: The place on the treadmill to connect the monitor was flattened. I was able to resolve this by taking pliers for several minutes and carefully bending the connector back into place, but it still looks very ugly even after doing that.
Why I didn't just return the treadmill:
- It's 133 lbs. and I needed a treadmill.
- The treadmill worked as intended, and that's the main thing I cared about.
Buy From LifeSpan Website!: The lifespan website gives you all the benefits of ordering online that amazon gives you, but they make positive that the quality is perfect before sending it to you, and make sure that the shipping goes smoothly, so I highly recommend just ordering from their site than going through amazon.
Warranty: I screwed up pretty bad on this one. They're warranty is pretty darn good, but you need to register within 30 days of purchasing, or else you don't get the warranty. So make sure you register right when you get this treadmill!
LifeSpan Customer Service: Their customer service is pretty darn good as well. I emailed them 2 months after I purchased the item, telling them about the damages to the treadmill and told them I wasn't covered on their warranty, but I just want to purchase the items that need to be fixed. They called me back the next day saying they have shipped the items and they'll be at my place in a couple days. I know the pieces that needed replacing (Motor cover and wheel) were pretty trivial, but it was great that they didn't even hesitate and just sent them.
WHY GET THIS SPECIFIC TREADMILL?
As I said somewhere above, LifeSpan seems to have the hardiest, best-quality treadmills for the price. If you don't believe me, just research in Google for reviews of this treadmill (As you should do anyways, this is a pretty pricey device to not do research on...).
Why should you get this Walking treadmill instead of a normal treadmill?
Walking treadmills are meant for longer use per day. While normal treadmills (Like the TR1200i) can go much faster, you are only supposed to be on it for 1-2 hours per day. This treadmill, you are able to walk on it for 6 hours per day. Also, if this treadmill is for your desk, you are very rarely going to want to go above 2.5 mph, so you don't need the faster speeds.
Shock Absorption: Walking on this treadmill is extremely easy on your legs. It has a slight shock absorption that makes sure you can walk on this for hours without feeling any pain in your legs.
The manual recommends lubing up the belt every 40 hours. For me, every 40 hours is every 2 weeks (That's 3 hours a day). The site says you should lube it up every 50 hours, which would be 2 1/2 weeks. Just keep that in mind before buying a treadmill that you should lube it up every now and then to make sure you don't destroy the motor too quickly.
HOW TO KITTEN/CAT PROOF
I think this is extremely important to add to this review, because I haven't seen any other reviews that have had this information. I have a kitten who is extremely cute and awesome, but he's a d**k. When the treadmill is moving (And I make sure to turn it way down before he does this) he bites the belt at the end. He would do this every time I had been walking for over 10 min. So here is a solution if you have a cat that's also a d**k.
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1) Set up the wireless Remote Control Outlet (Leave it in off position for now)
2) Plug in Electric Duster to the Remote Control Outlet, but and have the Electric Duster in "on" position
3) Put the Electric Duster at end of treadmill pointing wherever you want to point it
4) Start using your treadmill, and when your cat/kitten is about to be a d**k and do something it shouldn't be doing, us the remote to turn on the outlet that will turn on the Electric Duster.
I don't like scaring my cat ever, but this is necessary to make sure he doesn't get hurt from the treadmill. It's a more feasible solution than "Keep your pets 10 feet away" solution that is in the lifespan manual. My apartment is a 10 foot box, so if I did that, either my pet would have to go or the treadmill would...
Should have gotten the TR5000: This treadmill runs perfectly for less than 6 hours a day. This is more than enough for most people's needs. However, you got to ask yourself, will I ever be on this treadmill for longer than 6 hours a day? I'm often at my desk for around 9 hours a day, so I do wish I go the TR5000 instead. However, most people trying to walk for longer than 6 hours on any day, so this treadmill is perfect for 95% of walkers.
If you sit at your desk for a long time and want to be healthier, get a walking treadmill. You'll be amazed at how nice, easy and overall amazing how awesome working on a computer while walking is. I'd highly recommend this one because it's nice on the legs, has a wide walking area, and its parts are pretty good compared to the competition. If you just use the keyboard, you can easily walk 2 mph regularly. If you use the mouse a lot, you'll probably walk between 1 mph to 1.5 mph (At those speed, it's easy to use the mouse).
If you have other questions about anything I said, please comment and I'll get back to you.
First off, the good things:
- It's pretty quiet. I work in a home office, so this isn't a huge deal for me, but it's nice. It can definitely be heard on a speaker phone, though. Nearly all the noise is from my weight on the belt (and associated sliding / friction). If I step off of the treadmill, it is VERY quiet. I don't think there is much they could do about this.
- I just plugged it in and it ran. Setup was a non-issue.
- Looks good. Not much to it, but what is there is unobtrusive.
- The display is really nice. It is really simple and not very big. It has some steel weights in it to give it some mass and keep it from sliding around on your desk. I don't really want the display to do much, and it doesn't.
- Typing and mouse use are absolutely no problem.
- Writing is a bit tough and you won't write as neatly as you are used to while walking.
- Going from sedentary to standing walking all day took me two weeks to get used to, but I am very happy with the change. I'm losing weight and just don't get tired on my feet anymore. Cardio fitness doesn't change, though. I don't sweat or breathe hard on this thing, so that's not a surprise.
- Everyone complains that there is too much button pushing. I wholeheartedly agree. I like to walk at 1.2 mph. To start it up, you:
- Press on/start
- Wait for it to count down 3,2,1,go (five seconds elapsed)
- It starts out at 0.4 mph every time. I find it hard to believe that anyone walks at that speed. It's more like standing for a bit and then taking a step.
- Press speed up 8 times to get to 1.2 mph.
- This whole sequence takes about 10 seconds (give or take).
- I read about this and thought everyone was whining too much before I got this. In my job, I step away from my desk for a minute many times a day. I go through this routine all the time. It's a total waste of time. Worse, it becomes an irritation, so it feels worse than it is. I don't turn on the treadmill if I think I am going to walk on it for less than a few minutes before I get off again. Sometimes I'm wrong and end up standing still on the treadmill for half an hour because I became engrossed in my work and forget to turn it on after plans changed.
- The beeping. I work at home, so I don't honestly care much about the beeping when you press buttons, but it is really unneeded. It is not a pleasant beep, for sure. Combine the mandatory beeping on button pushing with way too many button pushes and you have something that really takes away from the other good things.
- You can't start it at the speed you want (see above)
- It turns off after 20 seconds of inactivity. You walked into the other room to grab a pencil? Too bad, it's shutting off. Prepare for more button pushing. You were gone for 17 seconds and thought you got on in time? Wrong. It's not very responsive and will shut off in 3 seconds. It starts beeping at you telling you that you were gone too long; just press on to tell it not to turn off, right? Wrong. Give it some time to beep its disapproval at you, then slow down (slowly). Now you can start pushing buttons again.
I bought this thing to make my life easier and not hack up a standard treadmill. It turns out that I should have just bought a standard treadmill and hacked it up, saving money and getting something more like I wanted.
The really tragic thing about this is that the treadmill is not lacking in any mechanical or electrical way. It's just the decisions made in the programming of the display unit. Someone actually had to consciously decide to make it this way. As a person that does embedded electronics software development for a living, this is all the more frustrating.
Update - 18 Feb 2014
Lifespan commented on how to resolve some of these issues. I'm really impressed. I should have called customer service about this to see if there was something that could be done. Customer service found me!
The ability to leave the treadmill running while I step away from it is a game changer for me. I work in a home office, so there is no danger of someone else walking on it while I step away. I understand in a corporate environment, this is not always the case.
The beep off is nice, too. I wish it was adjustable in volume, but on / off is a huge step, and once again I'm super impressed that customer service found me.
I would give it five stars, but there still 1) doesn't appear to be a mode in my model that will resume at my previous speed, and 2) the critical features are in engineering mode. Having said that, it's still a huge improvement from my initial review.
Lifespan seems to be taking these usability issues seriously, and that is a great sign for future customers. Customer service gets five stars from me for not only finding me without me taking reasonable steps to get help, but presenting it in a professional and helpful way!
The engineering mode is referenced in the manual. I don't have my manual anymore, and several of the manuals I found online are missing the engineering mode page. I did find one that had the page intact. Slight inconvenience, but not a big deal. This is a warning to the people like me that toss out manuals! This manual had the keys to me getting what I wanted out of the treadmill.
Update - 18 Feb 2014
I've used the treadmill for a few weeks with the engineering mode changes mentioned in the comment from Lifespan customer support. It's been a real transformation! I turn it on in the morning and turn it off at lunch time, then turn it on after lunch, turning it off at the end of the day. Now short periods where I get off the treadmill don't cause big breaks later. It's working just as I had imagined - I'm really happy.
To those that have never used a treadmill much, make sure you lubricate it. You are buying a treadmill that is really likely to be used all day, so you will need to lubricate it once a week, not once a year, as is normal for a home treadmill. It's not too difficult -- Turn the back belt tension screws out exactly 10 turns. The belt will be loose, and you can pull it up. Then spray a light amount evenly across the belt width. Then turn the tension screws back in exactly 10 turns. It's worth a small amount of time paying attention to how much you screw the tension screws out and it, because if you don't screw them back in to the same place, you will have to adjust the left / right belt tracking again. That will take longer than paying attention to the amount you turn the screws in and out.
Update - 9 July 2014
Some things I have noticed that probably aren't very important:
- The big plastic cover on the front has really weak attachments. I've managed to break all the plastic ears off that attach it in what I would think is not unfair handling. Fortunately, it doesn't matter a lot, as gravity keeps in place.
- In the case of a power outage, the control panel gets into a strange state. The lighting goes dim and when on/start is pushed, it looks like it is trying to start up, but is low on power (it looks that way, but I have no idea what is technically happening). It requires a power on/off to get it working again. That requires crawling under the desk, which isn't a huge deal, but shouldn't be needed.
- The step counter doesn't count very high. It has four digits and it doesn't "roll over" at 9999 steps. It acts like it thinks it has five digits and now you only see every 10 steps. That is, unless you have power outage and it requires a resets where the step counter resets and is counting by individual steps...