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Treadmill options for $1000 (Read 900 times)

nrainey80


    I'm looking at buying a treadmill for myself and my wife to use during our Montana winters.  Don't have a ton to lay out, but I know that I'll need to spend at least $1000 to get anything decent.  I run between 30 and 40 mpw and she is 15-20.  What I'm wondering is should I buy a lesser treadmill new (NordicTrack 1500 on sale) or something used.  I found the following used locally:

     

    Spirit XT200 w/ 50 miles on odometer (five-zero, not a typo!)  - $899

    Spirit XT375 w/ 750 mileson odometer - $999

     

     

    Any suggestions on these two Spirits?  Or should I look at ordering online?

     

    Thanks!

    jdais


      I have a Sole F80, but I only run <10 mpw on the treadmill.  It is a pretty durable folding treadmill.  I bought it 2 years ago during the winter, so I could do a marathon build up where I was putting around 35 mpw for 3-4 months.

      Swim , Bike, and Run A LOT


      Fat butt on couch

        I would not buy a Sole for the amount your family plans to run on it.  I had one and went through 4 decks, 2 belts, and finally the main control board went, in ~5 years.  I put about 1000 miles per year on the machine.  Their CS is pretty good (all of the above was replaced free of charge) but even lubing it religiously the decks would start cracking under where you run (from heat) and if you don't catch it immediately it starts burning through the belt. 

         

        The first deck lasted the longest, ~2 years.  It got progressively shorter from there.  The last one made it 3 WEEKS.

         

        I have a Nordic Track 1500 Commercial that I replaced it with.  Several people on here do and most report no problems.  I bought it in March and am on my 3rd electronic console.  I know another RA member who also had electronics issues.  The console started acting funny again yesterday so I assume we will soon be calling for a 4th.  The last time I made them send a tech out under warranty and he told me that they have very few problems with those machines....except for the consoles, which have a software glitch that causes them to malfunction and become non-repairable.  He said it's luck-of-the-draw if you get a good one or bad one.  I never buy extended warranties on anything but I did on this, I figure if I can make them fix everything out to 7 years it is worth it and I will save up for a Landice.  Smile

        "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

         

          Also looking at a treadmill.  Which Sole, or do youthink it matters? 

           

          The Sole F80 is on sell for around $1000 with free delivery.  Their TT8 is around $2000, and has a 4 ply belt.  Still alot cheaper than Landice.   Of course, Landice are supposed to last forever! 

           

          If you had the $$$, would you get a Landice, or one of the other premium brands such as the Life Fittness 7 series. 

          2012 Goals:

          Stay healthy, stay running

          Lose those extra pounds 

            Also looking at a treadmill.  Which Sole, or do youthink it matters? 

             

            The Sole F80 is on sell for around $1000 with free delivery.  Their TT8 is around $2000, and has a 4 ply belt.  Still alot cheaper than Landice.   Of course, Landice are supposed to last forever! 

             

            If you had the $$$, would you get a Landice, or one of the other premium brands such as the Life Fittness 7 series. 

             

             

            I don't think it matters which one. I had quite a few problems with my Sole too. I eventually gave it to my inlaws who primarily walk on it, sometimes,

             

            I upgraded to the Landice L7 and haven't regretted it.  The "feel" from the Landice is much more road like that any treadmill I've ran on, including ones in health clubs.

              I've only run on treadmills in Health Clubs, usually Life Fitness T7 series.  Do you know how this compares?   What about the +/- of cushioning?  I am battling a case of plantar fasciitis.  I read that some treadmills reduce the stress by 40% compared to running on asphalt.   Here is what I got from the Landice website.  

               

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              2012 Goals:

              Stay healthy, stay running

              Lose those extra pounds 

                I have an F85 with 3000 miles on it, average 9 min/mile at 190 lbs.  It is on its second belt and deck.  I used a Kill-A-Watt to measure high current draw at normal speed in order to prove to the customer service people that there was excessive drag, prior to getting deck replaced.  I've had it for 3 years.  I do think it is a very good machine but it does not appear to have good reliability for high mileage.  Nevertheless, I have already had it apart completely once already and will keep replacing things as they wear out for as long as the parts warranty lasts.  I think the deck is lifetime warranty.

                 

                $1000 is about as cheap as you can get for any kind of decent new machine.

                2013 H1:  7 hours/week base.  Q3: Train for goal race.  Q4:  Goal Race.


                Fat butt on couch

                  I've only run on treadmills in Health Clubs, usually Life Fitness T7 series.  Do you know how this compares?   What about the +/- of cushioning?  I am battling a case of plantar fasciitis. 

                   

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                  IMHO cushioning is overrated.  There is such a thing as too soft...and how do you define soft?  Grass is one thing...The media compresses and softens the footfall.  But no treadmill I have ever run on cushions like this.....they use springiness which rebounds the force back into your leg before the stride is over.  So personally I don't like overly-bouncy treadmills, it can lead to injuries if used too much (I am probably a case in point right now).

                  "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                   


                  Fat butt on couch

                    I have an F85 with 3000 miles on it, average 9 min/mile at 190 lbs.  It is on its second belt and deck.

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                    I think the deck is lifetime warranty.

                     

                    $1000 is about as cheap as you can get for any kind of decent new machine.

                     

                    If they warranty the deck for life now, that was a change since I bought mine in January 2008.  I had to push a bit to get the last one out of them this past January.

                     

                    I'm sure a Sole is OK for people who don't use them much and don't run very fast.  But I've had too many issues, and know too many people who have had issues, to recommend them.

                     

                    I would never spend money on a machine under $1000.  Unless someone was going to walk on it.

                    "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                     


                      I'm sure a Sole is OK for people who don't use them much and don't run very fast. 

                       

                       

                      Yeah.  Treadmilldoctor.com has the F85 as the best folding treadmill.  Damned internets, can't trust anything you read on websites or message boards.  If you don't run much or fast, and need it to fold up, it is perfect.  If you are an actual runner, then not so much. 

                      2013 H1:  7 hours/week base.  Q3: Train for goal race.  Q4:  Goal Race.


                      Fat butt on couch

                        Yeah.  Treadmilldoctor.com has the F85 as the best folding treadmill.  Damned internets, can't trust anything you read on websites or message boards.  If you don't run much or fast, and need it to fold up, it is perfect.  If you are an actual runner, then not so much. 

                         

                        I doubt TMD.com actually runs the things for 1-2 years to see what would happen if you own/use one (correct me if I am wrong).  I thought it was fine in the store too.

                         

                        Interesting comment about folding TMs...I can see how some people need that feature at any level of usage due to space restrictions, but now that I think of it the only time I ever folded it up was to clean underneath.  Same with my current folder.

                        "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                         


                        If the furnace is hot...

                          Personally, if you can afford it, I'd go with this guy: http://amzn.to/PDLAjz

                           

                          Everything you need, and wont crap out on you once you start to want to incorporate some speed work into the routine.

                           

                          Just my 2 cents

                          Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle when the sun comes up you are still an animal in Africa and that kinda sucks.

                            Not that we should always believe the internet, but Quote from treadmill doctors on Nautilus "Company Outlook: To put it kindly, the Nautilus Fitness Group is in a freefall. Heads have been rolling and finally the architect of this Greek tragedy lost his head just a short while ago. Whether they can pull it out is an outcome that is getting cloudier by the day. For several years, their customer service has been horrible and now, with the leadership changes, many in the industry wonder not whether the company will fail and hit the ground but how big a sound it will make when it hits."

                            2012 Goals:

                            Stay healthy, stay running

                            Lose those extra pounds