Pros: Less expensive more features
Cons: Dealer sold only
I am Post MI and Post Bypass. I needed a treadmill to rehab at home . The Pacemaster Pro Plus HR is the perfect machine for this. I was having trouble with my last treadmill because during the middle of the workout, my heart rate would go high then lower. I found that I was overtaxing my heart during the workout because the upper limits of my heart rate would be passed before I could re adjust the speed or incline. Also the Heart Rate Pickup on my ear was not accurate. The Pacemaster has a wireless chest band transmitter(Polar or Cardiosport) that is very accurate. The Heart Rate Controlled Mode is the safest way to workout, if you have a cardiovascular condition. I used to feel exhausted after the workout on my last treadmill. I now feel refreshed and energized after a Heart Rate Controlled workout. I am walking at the same speed and incline that I used to, But now the treadmill senses when I am reaching my upper limits of heart rate and decreases "Incline" and then "Speed" slightly, before I overtax my heart. This is a must for elderly and cardiovascular patients.
The Machine is stable. I now can walk with my hands free because of the increased stability. The machine is also very quiet. I don't have to turn up the TV extra loud in order to hear it when I walk on the treadmill now.
Assembly is user friendly. It has only four pieces in the box. With only eight bolts and three screws, and one wire harness plug to connect, You can assemble it in about ten minuets. You will need a 1/2" wrench, 3/8 wrench and a phillips screwdriver. It has four pre programmed (one of these is Heart Rate Controlled) and four programmable memory modes, so it can remember any personal workout settings . The hand rails are rubber coated. It has holders for drinks. It has a Magnetic safety disconnect clip if you need to stop the machine quickly. The readouts are LCD so you can see them in daylight or dark.
It comes with a 1 year warranty. The five year extended warranty is $229 and gives in home service and or replacement. Its kind of like the Sears Service Policies, where you can get a new unit if you have too much trouble with the unit you have. The warranty is guaranteed renewable. They usually throw in a foam pad to place the machine on in order to protect the finish on your floor.
I showed it to my Cardiologist. He now prescribes this machine for his patients.
I over shop when I buy something . (I am one of those guys who over analyzes and wants to know what kind of polymer the plastic molding is made from, because this may have a molecular effect on the static electricity generated by the rubber in the tread on the walking surface.
And this may cause 1/10,000th mile an hour error in the readout.)(They run for cover when they see me coming at Sears).
Seriously, I have compared all the units I could see or read about and found this to be the best bang for the buck out there.