The remanufacturing process is like the restoration process of a car. The treadmill is completely disassembled and all of the imperfections are removed or rebuilt. The rebuilt parts and new parts are then put together, which makes the refurbished treadmill as functional as new equipment.
These treadmills cost 50% less than a new machine, so they are a good choice for home fitness equipment.
Remanufactured treadmills are obtained in several ways (e.g. fitness centers, warranty returns and clubs); the manufacturer only refurbishes the treadmills they feel are of the highest quality.
Before buying a refurbished treadmill, conduct research about the refurbishment process used by the seller. The best processes will include most of the following steps
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Remanufactured Treadmills
There are several advantages to buying remanufactured treadmills, apart from cost. The quality of remanufactured treadmills are practically new, in most cases, with many key parts replaced before the treadmill is resold.
Most of these machines are obtained from gyms and fitness centers; and they are commercial grade models at a reasonable price. Most of these fitness machines come with a warranty of 6 months and above. This adds protection for you as a buyer, so if you are not happy with the machine, you can return it to be fixed, or if it breaks you’re not paying for it out pocket.
Even though there are advantages for buying remanufactured treadmills, there are disadvantages as well. These mechines come with a limited warranty because of their rebuilt, parts which are not as good as parts from a brand new machine. The warranty usually lasts from 6 to 12 months. If the machine breaks after the warranty period, the manufacturer is not reliable to fix it; so, unfortunately, you will have to fix it, which means spending more money.
When buying a second-hand treadmill, there is no need to limit your options. There are refurbished and remanufactured treadmills that look and feel new, and cost 50% less than a brand new machine.
There are pros and cons related to this type of machine, but don’t let the cons stop you from buying rebuilt fitness equipment. If you do your homework properly and shop carefully, you will usually find that remanufactured treadmills are money savers and a good option for the home gym.