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on 12 June 2005
I don't have much experience as far as treadmills go and I hardly consider myself an authority on the matter! But I think this little thing is great.
Setting it up was easy, even for one person (though having someone help you would be recommended). Once it's up and, er, running - it's about 2 metres long. The whole machine is solid and doesn't feel like it's going to break. That said, within half an hour part of the plastic frame snapped off, I'm not sure why. I'm well within the weight limit. Luckily it is a silly pointless flap of plastic at the back which serves no use.
Using it is easy. You just, er, stand on the running belt. And run. It has a pretty smooth movement and is mostly quiet, but there are small steel supports under the belt which hold it in place, the belt sometimes gets caught in them and makes a huge amount of noise (sounds a lot like a toy aeroplane!!) so you have to stop and adjust it. The little computer works fine, though it's very simple. It works out calorie loss based on distance, though I don't think it factors in the magnetic resistance (you can alter the resistance levels). It also measures distance in km, time run, usual stuff like that.
It folds up and stands upright for easy storage, though it's extremely heavy so moving it about is a workout in itself!!
If you're looking for a treadmill, it's very easy to recommend this thing - it does exactly what it's supposed to do, and does it well. But if you can afford to spend a little extra - do get a motorised one, manual ones just aren't nearly as good