Lifespan TR1200 DT3 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The best value unit if you are going to supply your own desk. Solid treadmill designed for almost the entire workday.
With usage of 6 hours per day, our guess is this is going to be the core model for Lifespan.
The Lifespan TR1200 DT3 is a very solid treadmill designed to work in conjunction with a standing desk. It's basically the TR1200 DT5, but it doesn't have the desk included. It's also significantly cheaper at $999. It was the 3rd runner up for our Best Buy award in the Treadmill Desk category.
The walking area is a bit small. The belt measures in at 20" x 56"', which is a good 4" shorter than most of the belts you'll find in today's market. This shouldn't be a major problem, however, when you consider that this is a treadmill desk. You'll use it only for walking, so your stride won't be as long. You'll also be more inclined to migrate to the front of the treadmill in order to accomplish work.
The motor is mediocre. At this price, you can find machines capable of producing more power fairly easily. Still you don't need an excessively powerful motor on a treadmill that will be used at a pace of 2 mph. The weak motor shouldn't be a major factor for this model.
The cushioning system on this treadmill is okay. It's nothing special at this price, but it's not really bad either. 6 compression shocks are used to reduce some of the impact. Again, since this model will be used solely for walking, the cushioning isn't as big of a concern. Treadmills used for running, which is a much higher impact workout, are the ones that need to pay more attention to how forgiving their surfaces are.
The projected reliability is pretty good for this price range. Most of the other models sold around this price have a similar life expectancy. The quality of parts used is fairly surprising at such a low cost. You usually have to pay an extra $500 to find a machine with parts like this.
The warranty isn't very good. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, the motor is covered for 3 years, and the frame is covered for life. This kind of coverage is below industry standard. This was probably done because, contrary to popular belief, it's easier to wear down a treadmill with slow and constant use than it is with heavy running for 30 minutes to an hour every day.