Although Sportcraft makes fitness equipment including treadmills, they are better known for their line of indoor and outdoor games, such as badminton, table tennis, darts and billiards. The TX 4.9 treadmill is a slightly older Sportcraft model, having been manufactured around 2004. It is a budget treadmill, originally selling for $265.
Sportcraft was founded in 1926 but didn't start making treadmills until 2001. In 2005, Sportcraft recalled three of its treadmill models, the Tredex 6.0, the TX 440 and the TX 550, due to unexpected acceleration of the walking belt. Numerous injuries were reported as a result of this problem. Although the 4.9 was not recalled, some consumers have difficulty trusting Sportcraft treadmills in general.
TX 4.9 Model
The TX 4.9 is a low-end, budget treadmill with a fold-away design. It has a 2.5 horsepower motor that supports speeds up to 10 mph. There is a manually adjustable incline option with three settings. The 4.9 has a user capacity of 250 pounds.
Being an older model treadmill, the TX 4.9 doesn't offer any preset programs. It does feature a quick response speed control that allows you to set your desired speed in just two button presses. The console displays your workout time, speed, distance and calories burned. You can check your heart rate by pressing your index finger to the electronic pulse sensor on the console. Sportcraft does recommend in the owner's manual that you stop the walking belt before checking your pulse.
The basic warranty that covers defects in the product is no longer applicable since it lasts only 90 days and this model treadmill is no longer produced. The metal frame is warranted for 10 years from the date of purchase.
In 2010, the Sportcraft TX 4.9 is not available as a new product. You may find it for sale used by private owners at garage sales, online auction sites or in classified ads.