Treadmill Motor – What Do You Need?

3 Tips When Shopping For Your Treadmill


treadmill motor tipsIf you’re buying a treadmill, one of the first features to look at is the motor power (measured in HP or Horsepower).

Although it’s not “sexy”, the motor on your treadmill is one of the most important features when choosing your machine.

Why? Because the motor is the heart of your treadmill. Choose a treadmill with a motor that is not up to your intended use of the machine and you can shorten the life of your treadmill.

For example, if you plan on running on your treadmill every day and you get under a 3.0 Hp motor, you are seriously testing the limits of your treadmill.

Or if you have a large walking belt with not enough motor to power it, you can quickly burn out your motor.

So with that in mind, here are some tips on choosing the right motor power for you:


#1 Determine How Much You Plan To Use Your Treadmill

treadmill motorDo you plan on using it every day? How about just occasionally? Will there be other people in your home using the treadmill as well as you?

Also, what exactly will you be doing – walking, jogging or running?

If you aren’t planning on heavy, frequent or running use of your treadmill, you can probably save a bit and go with a motor power of 2.5 – 3.0 Hp.

But if you have multiple users or will be using your treadmill every day, it’s best to have the strongest motor you can find 3.0 HP and up.


#2 Consider the Belt Size

treadmill motor tips - beltManufacturers seem to be constantly trying to outdo each other. When I first started reviewing treadmills over 10 years ago an 18 x 55 inch belt was deemed gigantic.

Now, it’s small as many of the treadmills today (including Nordictrack) are giving you longer and wider belts. Nowadays 20 x 60 inches is more the norm.

The thing to watch however is that as your belt size increases, your motor power should increase as well – so the treadmill has the power to run a larger or longer belt.


#3 Motor Warranty

This is another area that tells you about the quality of the motor. For example higher quality machines like the Commercial 1750 or the 2450 give you lifetime motor warranties.

You really can’t get better than that – so it tells you about the quality of motor. There are some manufacturers who set a year limit on it though like 10 years or 15 years – obviously the longer the better.

So those are some tips to keep in mind about the treadmill motor when shopping. Good luck!


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