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ProForm 420 Treadmill Review

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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery gone wrong. This treadmill is for those who THINK they want a treadmill. Not suitable for power walkers or anyone who will use it. Cushion is horrible as it bounces like crazy, don’t believe us go and give it a try. Crosswalk portion is also comical.

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Here is the ProForm 420 treadmill, one of the treadmills on the lower end of the 1000$ to 2000$ range. This might be a treadmill that you want to look at if you are wanting a treadmill and your most important feature is that it won’t break the bank.

 

This is a folding treadmill that will help you save a little space where ever you set up this machine. There are some impressive features for this entry level treadmill, especially at the price. For example, it actually has an mp3 player so you can stay motivated with your workouts. However, there is a drawback, because at this price, the quality of the speakers is pretty bad. So, realistically, you are better off just listening through the radio in your room, or watching tv.

Another good point is that even with a weak motor, the torque is not a problem mostly because the belt is so small. That being said, the motor being only 1.5 CHP motor is not too great to support a workout more intense than just walking. We just mentioned that the belt is small, to be more specific, is measures 16 inches wide and 50 inches long. So, this belt, combined with the motor size means that it will feel flimsy to anyone over 140lbs. Although it is listed as being able to support 250 lbs, it only weighs about 140lbs itself. It’s not a good idea to get a treadmill that is lighter than you, because it will definitely disturb the comfort of your workout, as you won’t feel that it is steady at all.

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Let’s get more into the other specs. There are 6 programs for the user, and the console displays the usual feedback of speed, time, calories, distance and pulse. The treadmill motor goes up to a speed of 10mph, but to actually take it to this extreme is a bad idea. First of all, the deck is too short to make full strides for most runners. so you might injure yourself by adjusting your stride while running. secondly, because of the weak motor previously mentioned, it will likely wear down the unit, and it will end up breaking down very soon. If you are still looking at this model, you can say, at least there is a fan too. It is however, pretty weak, so it will be only good for those that are walking and not working up too big of a sweat. In fact, this treadmill is only really built for walking, in our opinions, so maybe the fan is perfectly appropriate for the ProForm 420 treadmill.

Although we pointed out a lot of drawbacks on the Proform 420, the main reason it makes it onto our list is because it is so cheap. Actually, it should be listed at lower than $600 though. Your best bet is to save up a bit more and buy something that will last much longer.

ProForm 420 Treadmill – Key Specs:

Frame Type: Folding
Drive Motor: 1.5 CHP
Speed Range: N/A
Incline Range: 0 – 15%
Running Area: 16×60
User Capacity: 250lbs
Warranty – Frame: Information Not Available
Warranty – Motor: Information Not Available
Warranty – Labor: Information Not Available
Warranty – Parts: Information Not Available

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