Proform 515 TX Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
A good looking machine but some serious corners had to be cut to get it to $599.
If you are just going to use it lightly, this one can handle that kind of use. If you do any more than simple walking, get a better treadmill.
The Proform 515 TX is not a great treadmill. At $599, you shouldn't be expecting anything better than mediocre. If you plan on running, you're going to have to spend more money. Still, this was the 3rd runner up for our Best Buy award in the $400-699 price range.
The walking area is pretty good. It's a bit smaller than your standard 20" x 60", but it should get the job done. Bigger users may feel cramped, if they are used to larger belts, but most people won't find this to be a problem.
The motor in this machine is really weak. This isn't shocking to us, though. Most of the sub-$1,000 treadmills have motors that are only capable of producing a similar amount of power. Since you can only use this model for walking, because running will tear it up quickly, this isn't a major concern.
The cushioning system isn't great. It will be much kinder to your joints and back than running on concrete would, but compared to most of the treadmills on today's market, it's not going to provide much relief. With such a low cost, you can't expect much better.
The projected reliability of this machine is very poor. You can find some models with an even shorter life expectancy, but it's not easy. The quality of parts isn't very good, either. To keep costs low, manufacturers have to use cheap parts that don't we don't expect to hold up well over time.
The noise level isn't great. Considering the price, however, this model did a pretty good job. You won't find many treadmills selling for less than $1,000 that make less noise during operation than this one does.
The warranty on the Proform 515 TX is okay. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, the drive motor is covered for 25 years, and the frame is covered for life. Extending the parts coverage would have made this a good warranty, but it would be risky for Proform, considering corners were cut with the parts that were used.