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A very solid machine but a hefty price to go along with it. It is hard to go wrong with Precor…like buying IBM in the old days if you are buying new computer systems for your company. Nice treadmill and nice price tag to go along with it. Heavy on quality but also heavy on price. We know that technology costs money but we wonder if it could have been done for less. We also wonder if Precor increased dealer margins to give retailers the room to deal on price.
|Number of Programs||10|
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||Heart Rate Monitoring: Touch sensor and wireless with any Polar compatible chest strap transmitter (included)|
|Speed Range||0.5 - 12.0 mph|
|Incline/Decline Range||- 2% - 15%|
|Belt Size||22" x 56"|
|Weight of Unit||N/A|
|Warranty||Frame and welds: Lifetime, Parts: 10 years, Console: 3 years, Labor: 1 year|
Precor was acquired from Illinois Tool Works by Amer Group PLC in the fall of 2002. Amer Group also owns other well known brands like Wilson Sporting Goods. Precor has manufactured high quality equipment since the early 1980's. Although Precor has lost some of their dealer base over the last few years, they have really stepped up in the commercial game and that is where they are really strong. Precor has focused their distribution through specialty retailers.
Quality / Philosophy
Their design philosophy is to make a high quality product and then put a fair price on it. Nothing wrong with making money and Precor is definitely one of the companies in this business that knows how to do it. Consumers should consider a commercial Precor if you are looking in the higher price ranges. A redesign of the home line last year has produced some interesting results.
Precor has literally made a boatload of money from their elliptical products and deservedly so. We would expect them to remain one of the leading companies in terms of strength in the fitness business. Finally they have given up their premium pricing on the entry level machines.