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Old 11-08-2006, 12:55 PM   #1
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DW and I are looking to see if anyone has recently purchased a treadmill. We are looking to spend 700 to 1000. We are avid walkers but need something for bad weather days and for when its dark out. So any past experiences with brands or models would be helpful. Right now we are looking at Nordic Tracks. There is also a brand that is called Smooth 2.5 that got great ratings from several magazines but you can only purchase it from the company. You cant actually touch and feel before you buy

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Old 11-08-2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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Got a Nordic Track and it's fine -- moderate use for 2-3 years now (I only use it when the weather makes jogging outdoors unpleasant, but put about 4-5 miles on it per session).

I would rely heavily on whatever Consumer Reports says. Also, while I almost never purchase extended warranties I might make an exception for a treadmill based on my experience of repairs being likely, ridiculous shipping costs, and expensive and quickly obsolete parts.
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:02 PM   #3
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I bought one 5 years ago, my advice would be to try them out. I spent several weeks going from place to place with a friend of mine that is a trainer and a PT, we finally settled on a Keys. I needed one that would fold up because of space issues, it was also very sturdy.
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Thanks,

We are noticing one thing there is about 5000 different makes models and everything under the sun Good idea about checking Consumer Reports.
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I recommend a Landice, kind of pricey but worth it.

We wore the 1st one out in 12 years and bought the same machine last Feb.

When buying take a look at the thickness of the rollers. The thicker rollers usually indicate a better machine.
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Make sure you get the bigger motor too.
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I like my treadmilll a lot, but if you spend over $20 you are wasting your money. That's right, $20.

Why? Because treadmills are prime garage sale items. People spend $1,000 for a treadmill, and after it gathers dust for a few years, they can't wait to get rid of it. They'll probably throw in their Ab Lounger for free.

I spent a total of $0 for my Weslo Cadence. Nothing fancy, but it does the job and has never had any problems. I got it for free because the owner thought it was broken. All that was wrong was that there was a plug loose.

If you can't find a good treadmill in a few weekends of garage and rummage sales, you aren't trying.

P.S. Check classifieds also.
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I recommend a Landice, kind of pricey but worth it.
I'll second this. I bought a used Landice from Craigslist for $150. This thing is built like a tank and weighs about 250 pounds. It runs up to 12 MPH at a 15% incline and is made to withstand up to a 400 pound user at those settings. (The former owner was a 300 pound man who ran on it at 8 to 10 MPH.)

Hauling it up the stairs, now that was a workout...

Oops, now I see that I overpaid by about $130. Thanks Al.

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i find an elliptical machine more useful and beneficial than just a treadmill.

check one out and see what you think.
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TromboneAl is right. A quick search of Craigslist in the D.C. area found 57 treadmills listed for sale. Looks like lots of good ones in the $300 - $500 range.

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I bought mine brand new, got it at BJ's Wholesale for half what it would have cost normally. Bought our BowFlex used and got a great deal.
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Good idea Al Ill check for "sales" We arent ones to not use things. IE we are avid walkers this is to supplement our walking when it is pouring or too dark at night. Problem is with buying on Cragslists is that the thing could be worn out and basically you just paid for junk
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You might want to check for discontinued floor models, they can be very inexpensive and the warrenty is usually just like one out of the box. Definately check the warehouse clubs like Sam's, BJ's and Costco.
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Problem is with buying on Cragslists is that the thing could be worn out and basically you just paid for junk
That's never been my experience.

We've made over two dozen Craigslist purchases over the last year. Most of the merchandise has been barely used and was being sold by people who had no idea of its value or who were too busy/stressed/cluttered to care.

Our last purchase was our diningroom table (with two leaves) & six chairs. We bought ours in 1988 for $2200. Last month bought a 10-year old version of the exact same dining set for $650 (divorcée combining households with her boyfriend) and it's in perfect condition. (This time we're going to buy a glass top to protect the finish.) We sold our old dining set, chipped varnish & all, for $800.

Freecycle has a lot of used-up equipment... but that's the price you pay for free!
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:53 PM   #15
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When we moved to our tiny apartment we had to give up our nice treadmill - we sold it on Craigslist, that guy got a great deal!

I do miss it, but the gym is only 3 minutes away.
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Buying good used stuff in my neck of the woods is about impossible. People want way too much money for junk. If they can't sell it at their price, dangit, they will just keep it.
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Buying good used stuff in my neck of the woods is about impossible. People want way too much money for junk. If they can't sell it at their price, dangit, they will just keep it.
That is because libs have no clue as to how free enterprise works.
Now, if they could get the government to set prices on "junk", tax
garage sales/flea markets and
control distribution..........why then all would run smoothly and everyone
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It's like that in my area too Martha.
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dw HAD to have one. Finally broke down and got her one about 6 months ago... Its still in the truck :
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http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...CatHome&pos=10
They have a treadmil for 499$ shipping and handling included until the end of the month .
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