Lifespan TR5000 DT3 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Unless you are a great furniture designer or already have a desk, step up to the TR5000 DT5.
This one is designed for all day use. Some components are upgraded quite a bit to reach the higher rating.
The Lifespan TR5000 DT3 is a really good treadmill desk that sells for $1,899. It was designed to handle the stress of continuous daily use. It was the runner up for our Best Buy award in the Best Desk Treadmill category. One of Lifespan's other models, the TR5000 DT5, was the winner. Unlike the DT3, the DT5 has a desk included. If you already have a standing desk, the DT3 should be perfect, but if you want to buy everything all together, you'll need to step up to the DT5.
The walking belt is 20" x 56"'. We generally like to see a belt that is 20" x 60", but strides will be smaller on this machine, since it's used for walking, and it probably won't cause many people problems.
The motor is pretty good. You can find some higher priced treadmills that use similar motors, but this power generation capability isn't uncommon in this price range. You don't really need a motor that's capable of cranking out a lot of power, however, as treadmill desks are typically used at speeds of about 2 mph. This is done for productivity and safety reasons.
The cushioning system is also decent. It does well in this range, but we wouldn't exactly call it impressive. Again, this won't be a major concern. The impact of walking doesn't have nearly the effect on your joints and back that running does.
The projected reliability holds up well for treadmills under $2,000. The quality of parts should keep it lasting for a while. Keep in mind that the stress of continuous, slow use is harder on a treadmill than short periods of daily running. This is because heat can build up in the motor and wear parts and cause them to fail quicker.
The noise level is pretty good, which is important because you don't want it to distract you while you work. Since it will be used at low speeds you'll probably enjoy a fairly noiseless operation.
The warranty on the Lifespan TR5000 DT3 leaves a lot to be desired. 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 certainly isn't going to convince anyone to take a chance on this model, if they aren't already convinced to buy it.