1. Stay away from orthopedic belts. We do not recommend them because 1) a good pair of sneakers provides more amortization 2) they keep on heat that shortens the life of the belt, engine life and electronics life 3) increased belt weight shortens the life of the roller bearings.
2. Do your research and get a few price quotes from several different stores. Typically, the more you deal with different companies, the better the deals will conceive as concessions, free product, specialized finance, and more.
3. Be careful when buying over the Internet. Some companies, such as Landice and True, will cancel the warranty if they are purchased online and some have limitations on delivery distances from an authorized dealer. If in doubt, call or send an email to the factory. Another issue related to buying the Internet is delivery. Many of us in the business know how difficult it is to deliver a treadmill or elliptical without damaging it to deal with a company that has done it for a long time and has already learned how to do it. Another question to consider is what you will do if you do not like the machine. Most companies accept a return, but the cost of transporting the treadmill back to the factory can easily cost hundreds of dollars, so it’s a pretty expensive test if the machine returns. Also, the delivery of curbs literally means what is said … the freight company will sit on the curb and your problem is to bring it into the house so either you pay for domestic delivery or you are ready for help. Another problem is the service … some internet companies have good service networks, others do not, but remember that you probably will not get the type of personalized service you should expect from your local dealer.
4. Take care of your treadmills. Whether they require little or no maintenance, the maintenance of the treadmill or elliptical cleanliness and the walking belt crushed on the treadmill may be the difference between having a large treadmill or a pit. Refer to our running or elliptical care brochure for maintenance instructions.
5. If you are considering used machines, you do the homework and then do it again. We are working to rebuild jobs for local health clubs all the time, and we do this work sometimes for people who buy home health club models, but to make it right costs a lot, and if someone tells you they used or recovered at an incredible price, you do not usually get the whole story.
6. Since buying a treadmill is a huge investment for most people, choose your dealer and factory carefully. As with any product, the new company may not be on the market in a few years, the parts may be very specific to machines, and spare parts may not be available if the factory is not around. Some people need a reputable dealer for high quality and personalized service. Other people feel confident in servicing their own equipment, so find out who you are and buy accordingly. If you know one end of a wrench from the other, you might want to save a few dollars with a purchase on the Internet. Others may have to pay the full service price you need to get from your local dealer, but if you pay a higher price, require a higher level of service.
7. Running trails and elliptical are different from many other home appliances. Remember, we estimate the average value of the ungrateful if it is broken down only once every 5 years … this is average! Extended warranties can make sense if the manufacturer has a limited warranty and if you get it from a reputable company with an extended warranty. Remember, the dealer is usually not a warranty provider and many have gone out of work over the years and others are hard to handle. For example, UTS (the Icon Guarantee Company) is the best we’ve been doing. If you get a machine with icons, buy the UTS guarantee … it will cost you. The UTS number is 800-677-3838. Also, Sears has a good extended warranty program and usually pays for yourself if you use the machine. On the other hand, we had problems with the company called N.E.W. and many others came out of business, so do your research at your warranty company if you’ve never heard of them.
8. A big last tip is if you want to save some money. Due to the influence of the Asian parts, the lower edges and the elliptical paths are getting better and better as the price holds the line, and those made today in the $ 800 range are much better than the 800 machines, made 10 years ago. If you have to save a few dollars and the doctor tells you it’s okay, always use a few degrees of tilt when using the machine.