Used - Commercial grade elipticals and treadmills. Life Fitness or Precor?

  • kcboyitaly

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    Nov 03, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    I am turning my former roommate's room into an exercise room and want to put a good quality treadmill and a good quality eliptical in there. I do not want the "cheap" home models that start acting up after 150 hours of use. Im considering purchasing Precor and/or Life Fitness from a friend (gym owner) that is selling/trading his 3 year old cardio equipment. We have not talked about price and I have done a little research. Some companies that sell used commercial fitness equipment have pricing that make it worth shipping the product instead of buying from someone that sells it within local delivery distance. To those that are familiar with putting in a home gym:

    What is a good price to pay for a good used Precor or Life Fitness treadmill or eliptical?

    Does anyone know of a good company to purchase used equipment from?
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    Nov 03, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    As a UK resident I have no idea about the price or marketing of used gym equipment in your area.

    But if I was to go down this road, I would first ask the gym owner why he is selling his equipment. No matter how good the quality of the apparatus or the reputation of its makers, wear and tear will always take its toll.

    And secondly, find out if the machine is due for servicing. Chances are there may be a part which needs to be replaced with a new one, else the whole machine could start "acting up" well within the 150 hours of use.

    Then there is that dreadful process of dismantling for shipping and re-assembling, which without a top doctorate degree, becomes virtually impossible! Having an expert at hand (whether he's the gym owner or somebody else) to part with some advice seems to be a sensible idea.

    Good luck.
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    Nov 04, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    Go to Craiglist.com. They have all sorts of used equipment that is for sale. Good luck with the hunt.
  • kcboyitaly

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    Nov 17, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice. I ended up buying a few pieces from www.midwestusedfitnessequipment.com
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    Nov 23, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    It would be interesting if you kept us updated on how this works out. Considering the wear that these things receive, I'd think that by the time they get removed from service, all the moving parts would be deteriorated to the point that buying a new unit is cheaper than fixing it. Of course, with only one person now using it, the rate of wear would decline a great deal.

    I once spent quite a bit of money on a cardio machine - it lasted about ten years. I replaced a few parts, but after ten years, it needed a complete rebuild and the parts were no longer available.