tips 1. Deck / Belt ! The treadmill deck should be designed and manufactured to require very little maintenance. The noise generated from the belt moving along the deck should be minimal. Some deck / belt combinations required a lubricant to help reduce friction. Remember, high quality decks / belts require very little lube. Deck / Belt warranties should be 2 yrs. or greater.
tips 2. Rollers ! The treadmill rollers are another important item to consider. Basically speaking the larger the better because the larger roller creates a greater surface for the belt to make contact which in turn means less belt tension. This also means that the roller turns less therefore the roller bearings heat up less. Remember larger rollers means less tension, less heat and longer life (generally 2″ in diameter and up). Roller warranties should be 2 yrs. or greater.
tips 3. Operating / Control System ! The Treadmill control panel should be easy to read and use. Always check for an emergency stop button and / or shut off that can attach to your body / clothing. A good quality treadmill will start slowly and stop slowly. (Sudden starts and stops is another sign of a cheap treadmill). There’s a host of programs and options available on today’s models. It’s very important to choose the machine that has features of interest to you and not the salesperson. Computer / Electronics warranties should be 2 yrs. or greater.
tips 4. DC Motor ! The treadmill motor should have a Continuous Duty rating only. Continuous Duty means the motor is more durable and will perform steady and continuous. A Continuous Duty rated motor in your treadmill will give you a more quality performance and longer life. Treadmill duty and peak performance ratings are two other rating systems that should be avoided at all costs. DC Motor warranties should be 2 yrs. or greater.
5. Frame ! The treadmill frame should be constructed of a high alloy steel or aluminum / aircraft aluminum. Any materials less than the above would not be appropriate for a treadmill frame. Steel is heavier and more sturdier than aluminum. Welded frames will hold up far better than bolts or glue. Frame warranties should be Lifetime.
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