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Old 12-27-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
Harry Palley
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In the hunt for a treadmill

I'm looking to get my sorry *** back into Crossfit Endurance, and I'm in the market for a treadmill to suit the job (New England weather, love/hate relationship I suppose).

However, with the majority of the CFE WOD's being of that beloved high intensity, I have no idea which treadmills can withstand the consistant use... the only distinctions I'm seeing thus far has been price tags.

Any Crossfit Endurance guys/gals out there that have experience training the WOD's on a treadmill? Any sort of recommendation would be awesome. Wouldn't be fun if I opted for something cheap and the burned out the motor (since I'm so nasty fast of course).

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Old 12-27-2008, 05:40 PM   #2
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Re: In the hunt for a treadmill

I'm in the same boat and am considering purchasing a Sole treadmill. Check them out, great reviews and pretty inexpensive for the quality. You can buy them direct or through DicksSporting Goods. I do most of the WOD's on the treadmill with no problems. Good luck!
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:53 PM   #3
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Re: In the hunt for a treadmill

Yes, New England. A great place, 9 months of the year.

I have a Landice and it's built like a tank.

This site, wfs, The Treadmill Doctor, does a great job of reviewing treadmills:
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:52 PM   #4
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Re: In the hunt for a treadmill

+100 for Landice treadmills. I'm 215+ lbs and my Landice L7 has held up nicely for 5 years. My main buying criteria were:

1. No rattling when I'm running at 10mph on it. Most models I tried rattled like they were about to fly apart, except the Landice.

2. Warranty. Landice has lifetime warranty on all parts, including belt. And I think 2 years labor. So now if anything breaks I can get a replacement for free, for the rest of my life. and if I install it myself, then all repairs are free for life. Can't beat that!

3. Make sure you try it out first (duh). Watch for small decks, too much cushioning, rattling, dumb console options you'll never use (but will pay for), make sure you have enough amps in your home circuits to run it (mine was tripping a 20A fuse consistently - when the t'mill was rated at 15A). then I moved it to a different circuit, and no problems since. Also watch out for small motors (and ignore everything about them, except for the "continuous duty" rating - that's the one that burns out motors when it's not high enough). Get 4HP or more. Also consider deck size. You probably don't need as big as you think. Another reason to try it out.
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
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Re: In the hunt for a treadmill

Julie/David/James, thanks for the suggestions and recommendations. Definitely will check into these today - very helpful.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:19 AM   #6
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Re: In the hunt for a treadmill

David and James are on the money to steer you toward
I've sold and serviced treadmills for 25 years and Landice
is one of the best.
One other manufacturer you may want to consider would be
True. Their PS100 is a home unit that we have been authorized
to sell in light commercial installations.
Also find out who services the unit .
Internet vendors and sporting good stores usually are
not the service provider, they turn the service over to a service
company that may not be able to take care of the product in a timely
A tread is a great training partner.
Good luck
Frank Cheatham w/fs
"Some are meant to call 911, some to answer".
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