i work for naultilus and we own Schwinn and Trimline. Check www.schwinn.com
if you want, my dad has a schwinn tread in his home (sterling heights). i could take you there so you can check it out. If you are interested in Trimline I have a friend that owns a store in Plymouth that deals Trimline and would surely give a great deal to a friend of mine.
what price range are you looking at, and are you seriously going to use it regularly?
most fitness equipment purchased by indiviuals typically end up as dust collectors or places to hang clothing to dry
if you think you will fall into that catagory probably not spend a lot of money
look for a treadmill with at least a 18 inch wide belt, the wider the better, and also check the stride length, if its too short it will be uncomfortable for anything but walking
i purchased a $1200 nordic track model from sears, and got the 5 year extended warreanty with it for an extra $200, it needed to have a computer chip replaced and they repaired it within 5 days no problem
I have a cheap(?) Proform, paid $400 for it from Sears, no warranty, have been using it 3-4 times a week for 1 year, no problems. I like it because it has some give when I run, it's not hard like cement. If I had to buy another one, I would test run on them to see how they feel on my feet. I ran on a hard one in a hotel once and it sucked.
EZC, my brother in law has one for sale too. I don't know what brand or anything yet, but let me know if the one Mongo has isn't what you are after. I planned on putting his in the for sale section, along with a trailer for a 21' boat. He forgot to leave me the info on it all though. He'll be back around next week though.
Check out Fitness Experience (they have a few locations). Very helpful at the Hall Rd location - we haven't bought yet but they have a very wide range of prices (including most of the true pro models). There are models more designed for regular runners, as opposed to the occasional jogger like me!
Main differences between the home and pro models are the frames and drive systems.
We can't decide if we want to spend the $$ or just keep going to the gym.
We purchased a really nice Encore 1500 4 years ago. We used it regularly for the 1st year, then gradually diminished. Our new plan is to move it from room to room, giving it new appeal by being in our way in a new place! Due to it's size & weight, I've found the experience of moving it to be the toughest workout I've yet experienced! Currently it resides in the middle of STEVE's BAR, where it recv's the most attention. If you would like to stop by, have a beer & admire it with me, you are more than welcome!
do you have to coat the belt on all of them i looked at mongos post,for one that was pictured and it says coat the belt how often do you have to do this iam looking for one too but want to be able to run on it, not just walk ,might even train dogs to use it ,,,
I bought a ProForm at Dick's Sporting Goods. It was $399, nothing manual. It has the digital incline, calorie counter, heart rate, speed, distance, and it comes with a rack attached and dumbells; 2, 3, and 5 pounders to pick up while you are walkin'. It is the only one with weights, I don't know the model number off hand.
With the three year warranty and delivery and set up it cost $600.00
They delivered it two days later and set it up in a half hour. Showed up right on time too on a Saturday morning. Gotta love that!