Well, I made the big decision. I got another treadmill. After saying goodbye for the last time to my old treadmill at the local dump, I stopped at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store on the way back home. My initial intention was to see what they had to offer in the way of treadmills and ellipticals, and to get some idea of how much a replacement was going to cost me.
I should have known better! By the time I left the store I was the proud owner of a Horizon Model T500 Treadmill. After looking at both the treadmills and ellipticals, I decided a treadmill was a better choice for me since I already have a stair-stepper and an upper body exercise machine.
As with most mechanical things one buys today, the treadmill came in a big box that weighed about 250 pounds with various parts, nuts and bolts, and a manual containing assembly instructions all neatly packaged in clear plastic bags labeled with “Treadmill Assembly for Dummies” instructions. Actually I have to give the manufacturer credit. The assembly instructions were simple and easy to understand, and there were no missing parts, nuts or bolts. And I actually got it assembled in a reasonable amount of time and had no problems along the way.
So, now I guess I am now an expert at both disassembly and assembly of treadmills. 😉
One sign of the times: My old treadmill’s label said “Made in the USA.” The label on the new one says “Designed in the USA, Made in China.” 🙁