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1/11/13 7:36 AM
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Fabes
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Can haz help buying one?

Yes, I know I should run outside (which I do) but I have a kid and it would be nice to sneak in a run while the kiddo naps.

Looking to keep it around $1,000 or less.

Can y'all drop some knowledge on me?

Thank ya much!

1/11/13 8:18 AM
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I was also wondering about this recently and was told to avoid buying a 'home' treadmill (even the more expensive ones) and to spend a bit extra on a second-hand commercial model which has been well maintained, regularly serviced and to insist on a warranty of some kind.

I presumed a home treadmill for about a grand would be fine - it's basically just a motor, flywheel and conveyor belt at the end of the day - but was told the motors burn out on even the high-end home models all the time.

Just regurgitating stuff I was told.
1/11/13 9:59 AM
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"...and was told to avoid buying a 'home' treadmill (even the more expensive ones) and to spend a bit extra on a second-hand commercial model which has been well maintained, regularly serviced and to insist on a warranty of some kind."

I honestly can't comment b/c I don't know the industry/market, but this is the advice I would follow, as long as prices are relatively constant.

Look at treadmills that are in most (good) commercial gyms, then compare them to the ones you see sold at Dicks or the like.  It's just like racks, benches, etc - usually a world of difference.

Hit up auction sites and such in your area.  Try and find someone who deals in equipment wholesale - generally a part of their business will consist of buying/selling used and/or refurbished equipment from universities, pro sports teams, gyms, etc.  I'd think that would be your best bet.

Wiggy - http://www.workingclassfitness.com

 

1/11/13 5:01 PM
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Logical advice. Thanks. Phone Post
1/11/13 5:26 PM
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My advice...Don't buy a treadmill at all. The cheapest commercial treadmill will still cost a bundle. They take up a ton of space, are not portable, use up electricity, require regular maintenence... Instead buy one of the following:

1. Jacobs ladder: (for those with deeper pockets) http://tinyurl.com/3665cke

2,  Airdyne http://tinyurl.com/buxsxfv

3. Steel Climber: http://steelclimber.com/

4. Concept two: http://www.concept2.com/

5. Jump Rope: (for those with very little money to spend)http://tinyurl.com/a7sheta

6. FOR FREE: *Find a Hill / Steep stair case / Stadium / Gym and do old-school stuff

*For those with no money and willing to work hard.

TAKU

P.S. For some reason lately I am unable to create hyper-links, so sorry for all of the URL's

1/11/13 9:38 PM
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I want a Jacobs Ladder but can't afford one. I have an airdyne and I'm a trainer. I have a full gym in my basement. I want to run. That's why I want a treadmill.

I respect an like you a great deal. Just want a treadmill. Phone Post
1/11/13 9:51 PM
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I just ended up buying a "home" dreadmill for $100 from one of my coworkers (70+) parents. I wanted commercial grade, but figured for $100, I'd just run it into the ground and start over. Works fine... the wife and daughter use it too. And, I still try to run outside on the weekends (snow or not).

If you can find some facility selling their treadmills that would be a good option. But, I also see there are lots of people on net selling refurbished tm's on line. No first hand experience, but might be worth investigating? Good luck.
1/12/13 4:14 AM
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Okay Fabes.

I would go with the above recommendation. Look for gyms in your area looking to upgrade and or get new gear, Some small gyms also sell of gear for good deals. Graigslist.

Good Luck.

TAKU


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