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Recommend a Treadmill

Postby teggs » 12 Jun 2012, 22:10

We're thinking of getting a treadmill with a budget of around 20~30k. It should be able to fold up, incline automatically and go at least 16km/h (10m/h) although 18~20km/h would be better. Other important considerations are reliability and length of guarantee.

Any recommendations? Anyone have something similar that they want to get rid of?

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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby finley » 12 Jun 2012, 22:25

I really wouldn't bother. You need to spend at least 70K to get something that won't fall to bits the first time you use it. It's easy enough to make a machine that pulls a belt around a motor pulley. It's less easy to make one that will survive hours of foot-pounding.

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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby BlackAdder » 12 Jun 2012, 23:16

I'd second that.

Commercial models: Sturdy frame / powerful motor / even running platform / wide tread / quiet / good suspension / built to last / good speed control / etc. But these cost 3 or 4 times your budget.

Home models: I’ve only experienced and heard negative things about them. I’d be interested to hear if anyone really can recommend a good one?

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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby Steviebike » 12 Jun 2012, 23:18

Sorry I third that. Only the commercial ones are up for the job and the cost is high.
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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby teggs » 13 Jun 2012, 08:00

Ok, I didn't want to get into specifics about what we are considering, but seeing as no one's making real suggestions, I will.

A friend who runs an hour a day is on her second 'mill. The first was a cheapo (less than 10k) version and broke within a month. After that, she got a BH which she loves. We're looking at the T1 and F1 models. They are both around 28k and fit my above specs.

Does anyone have any meaningful experience with these machines or similar ones?

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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby Icon » 13 Jun 2012, 10:48

Mine is a cheapo I bought for 9K two years ago. Still OK. Non descript brand, called in for service once -needed some oil. Will probably need new "band" soon. It is foldable, taked very little space, but weights a ton. It is also the most basic model, no bells and whisltles It is getting less use now that I've got the elliptical. It is very noisy, too.

Where I got my elliptical, Takashima store in Danshui, they also had pretty nice treadmills. If I didn't have mine, I'd take theirs. Here some:

http://buy.yahoo.com.tw/gdsale/gdsale.asp?gdid=1716352

http://shopping.pchome.com.tw/?mod=item ... M&ROWNO=19

http://shopping.pchome.com.tw/?mod=stor ... _NO=CBAF36

IMHO, the elliptical is a better choice, more effort, more exercise, upper and lower body have to move. And it is within your budget. :)
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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby teggs » 13 Jun 2012, 12:29

Icon wrote:Mine is a cheapo I bought for 9K two years ago. Still OK. Non descript brand, called in for service once -needed some oil. Will probably need new "band" soon. It is foldable, taked very little space, but weights a ton. It is also the most basic model, no bells and whisltles It is getting less use now that I've got the elliptical. It is very noisy, too.

Where I got my elliptical, Takashima store in Danshui, they also had pretty nice treadmills. If I didn't have mine, I'd take theirs. Here some:

http://buy.yahoo.com.tw/gdsale/gdsale.asp?gdid=1716352

http://shopping.pchome.com.tw/?mod=item ... M&ROWNO=19

http://shopping.pchome.com.tw/?mod=stor ... _NO=CBAF36

IMHO, the elliptical is a better choice, more effort, more exercise, upper and lower body have to move. And it is within your budget. :)


Thanks for the reply! Definitely looks like there are some decent options there.. Does anyone have any experience with the Takasima brand?
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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby Icon » 13 Jun 2012, 13:28

If you can, go try the machine at the Takashima Danshui store. The store is like 5 minutes away from the Danshui MRT station, on Zhongzheng Road, across from the big boat. They have several treadmill models. The guy usually invites you to use the massage chair afterwards... Ahhhh.... Now that is something I'd buy with some extra cash...

My coworker has had their treadmill for about 4, maybe 5 years now. No problem with service.
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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

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Re: Recommend a Treadmill

Postby teggs » 14 Jun 2012, 07:52

We ended up getting the BH aero. It's in English and Chinese, has a 2-guarantee on the whole thing and 5 on the motor. Top speed of 18km/h and all the other usual functions.. cost 28k.
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