The PowerTread series treadmills were made by NordicTrack, a well regarded and longtime major manufacturer of quality home and commercial fitness equipment. PowerTread treadmills have since been replaced by newer models, such as the NordicTrack Elite and Reflex Pro treadmills, as well as a series of new incline trainers, popular for providing a more intense, muscle-building walking/hiking workout. However PowerTreads treadmills can be purchased used, and are high quality treadmills that offer a variety of features. PowerTread Models include the 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 1500, 1750, 2000, and 3000L and 3000S.
The PowerTread PT 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0 models are considered the basic models while the 1500, 1750, 2000 and 3000 series are higher-end, larger and offer more features. All are durable, heavy-duty, health-club quality folding treadmills. These treadmills feature a heavier frame than most treadmills which is able to stand up to a great deal of use, and/or abuse. Unfolded, the average dimensions for these treadmills are 72-inches in length by 37-inches in width. Folded, they average 30-inches in length by 37-inches in width. This 5.0 PowerTread can support a user capacity maximum weight of 275 lbs. while the high-end 3000 model can support a person up to 400 lbs.
The PowerTread treadmills have high tech consoles with five window bright red LED displays and feather touch controls. There is a safety tether and key to prevent unauthorized use and enable the you to shut off the machine in case of emergency. These treadmills feature Wireless Polar HeartRate Control Programs so you can set your heart rate and the treadmill will change in intensity automatically as well as a Polar T31 compatible wireless heart rate EKG chest strap. The LED displays allow you to track pulse rate, calories burned/heart rate (alternating display), time, pace/program (alternating display), speed/weight (alternating display), and incline/distance (alternating display). The high-end models have an Autobreeze fan that runs on four settings.
The basic PowerTread model (5.0) comes standard with with seven preset workout programs while the 3000 series offers 39 preprogrammed workouts designed by a personal trainer. The 2000 and 3000 series are iFiT compatible. IFit-compatible treadmills come with a CD, video and Internet programs that automatically control the speed, incline or resistance of your machine for complete workouts--but you can always change your machine's settings if you can't keep up. PowerTread treadmills have powerful motors. The basic model includes power elevation of 1 percent to 10 percent in 0.5 percent increments, as well as adjustable speed of 0 to 10.0 miles per hour (mph) in 0.1 mph increments while the more expensive models reach 12.0 mph and an incline of 12 percent.
Frame and Belt
These treadmills include an easy fold-up design with Space Saver that takes up less room, so you can store the treadmill out of the way. In addition to the safety tether and key, the PowerTread features an extra-wide deck for stability and wide side rails for safety. The deck is low profile so it is easy to climb on and off. All PowerTread models have large transport wheels for easy maneuvering as well as a 20-inch by 55-inch full length cushioning ComfortStride tread belt on the basic model and a 20-by-60-inch DuraSoft advanced cushioning belt.
Pricing and Overall Value
Although PowerTread treadmills are not currently available new for purchase, at the time they were manufactured (late 1990s) the price range for a new machine was $1,400 to nearly $4,000. The preprogrammed workouts (7 to 39), durability, frame, LED displays, folding feature for space saving, power elevation range and adjustable speed up to 12 mph, make for high quality treadmills. In addition, the Wireless Polar HeartRate Control Programs and included Polar T31 compatible wireless heart rate EKG chest strap are desirable features and help you track workouts and progress safely. Overall, these treadmills are high quality pieces of exercise equipment.