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swinter

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Post Buying a treadmill?
on: April 23, 2013, 14:34
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I'm getting ready to buy a treadmill . . . anticipating another kiddo in the next year or so and that running/timing runs outside will be that much harder so I'm in the market for a treadmill. I haven't really found any recommendations or suggestions on here (other than the Nordic Track that they've given away!). So, any suggestions on where to start? And what to look for? I've heard to look on craigslist but I don't really know what is important to look for.
I'm 6' tall, about 185 so it needs to be a pretty durable machine . . . my longest distance right now has been a half marathon so I don't anticipate more than 30-40 miles per week at the most. Ever. For now.
Any/all suggestions and info is appreciated!

Jana

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on: April 24, 2013, 18:35
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I know that the Nordi Tracks are really popular here. I would also look at the Precor 9.23 which reviewed very well on runners' world and gets good reviews on Amazon. Look for a 3.0 continuous duty motor or better. The runners world forms have some pretty strong opinions on treadmills too. I have been looking at treadmills for about a year and I have looked at a ton of reviews. It is really hard to figure out which reviews are legit and which are paid for (treadmill doctor has a bad reputation for non-objective reviews). I decided to have lasik surgery instead of a treadmill this year but I am hoping to get one this fall if I can make some space for it.

mom of-
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Post Re: Buying a treadmill?
on: April 25, 2013, 08:25
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I have a ProForm treadmill that I got off of craiglist last year, I love it, it was only 4 months old and had only been run on like 4-5 times. It was essentially brand new and I got it for $350. this time of year is good since a lot of people buy them after new years and by now realize they aren't using it! I just asked to come see it first and took my brother with me for safety! But once I saw it and ran a little on it, we loaded it up and took it home. I looked up the model online before buying and it had good reviews...I do around 25-30 miles/week on it and it has held up great over the last year.

wildcat22

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Post Re: Buying a treadmill?
on: April 26, 2013, 11:21
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I bought a nordic track treadmill from the Sears outlet in January 2011. My husband and I were both training for our first half marathons over the winter and I knew if we were both going to get our long runs in with the bad weather, we needed one. It doesn't get much use from April - October/November. But once the weather turns cold and it's so dark in the mornings, I use it for practically all my weekday runs from December - March. My husband, who hates the treadmill, is even glad we have it as he had to a lot of long runs on it this year with all the snow we had. LOVE having it. Ours retailed for maybe about $1400 new, but we bought a refurbished one from the outlet (looked like a return, brand new) for about $900. My brother just bought one from there too and has been very happy. Craigslist is another great idea, I just couldn't find what I wanted on CL at the time I was looking/buying.

KT

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Post Re: Buying a treadmill?
on: April 8, 2015, 06:52
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Looks like its been awhile since anyone replied to this thread...but I am in the market for a treadmill and would like some advice. I have seen a few used treadmills on craigslist that retail new for between $200-$800. The more research I do, it seems like these lower end treadmills are better suited for walkers than runners. Is it possible to use a lower end treadmill for running (does anyone have any experience with this?) or is it better to shell out the money for something a bit nicer? Any suggestions as to what I should be looking for in a treadmill or brand/model recommendations? Where can I find a nice, used treadmill made for running (not walking)?

Jana

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on: April 8, 2015, 10:55
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I think that you will find a lot of low end treadmills on craig's list because people buy them and don't use them. My personal opinion is that they don't use them because low end treadmills are unpleasant. I commented on this thread back in 2013 and since then, I got the Nordictrack Commercial 1750. It was about $1500 but I ran on it all winter and I am very happy with it. Things to look for in a treadmill for running would be a good motor (3.0 continuous duty or better), a large deck and a good warranty. I have the iFit subscription with my Nordictrack and I like the ability to program in workouts. Running maps is cool but probably not worth the money IMHO. The precor 9.23 also gets good marks from other users though I don't have any experience with it.

I would say, though, that if you are looking for a lower end treadmill, used would be a good option. Good luck. I hope that you find a treadmill that works for you on all fronts.

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