Treadmill Motors: What You Need to Know

Whether you’re looking to purchase a new treadmill or looking to update an existing one, knowing about which kind of motor to look for is vital to the success of your treadmill use. The motor is the main hub and carries the most weight mechanically. They vary in their abilities and capacities and are not all alike. It is essential to consider a few different variables with its motor before you make your treadmill purchase. This will ensure that you will bring the right treadmill home that is best-suited for your lifestyle and fitness goals.

Aside from the user, the motor does the most work in the treadmill. It is imperative that quality be assessed for long-term use, especially for more serious treadmill users. Poor quality motors are likely to overheat and require unnecessary repairs. The best way to check if your motor is a good quality motor is by checking the manufacturer warranty. A high-quality motor will have a longer warranty period and is a safer investment. In almost all of our treadmill reviews, we help you by giving the horsepower of the motor and by using the information below can determine if it is best suited for what you would use it for. One company that is known for high quality treadmill motors are Sole treadmills.  They deliver a great product and stand behind it.

When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of the matter, treadmill motors are not wholly difficult to understand. Treadmill motor energy is measured in horsepower (HP) and can be sorted into three different rating systems:

 

1. Peak Duty: Generally the weakest. “Peak” stands for the peak horsepower that the treadmill will reach and no more.
2. Treadmill Duty: In-between peak and continuous
3. Continuous Duty: The highest rank. The number associated will describe how much power is maintained throughout the workout.

 

While many motors will claim to be of identical horsepower, it is pertinent to note that every motor is not built the same. Cheaper prices mean that the product consists of poorly made parts. Do not be swayed solely by low prices. A treadmill that originally cost $1000 or more is likely to possess a durable motor. Less expensive models are not likely to have a reliable motor installed.

Assess what kind of use the treadmill will predominantly be used for. The degree of exercise must be taken into account to make sure your motor reflects your lifestyle. Certain levels of exercise require specific amounts of horsepower; will it be for walking, jogging, running, or all three? Consider the following:

  • For walkers: a 2.0 horsepower continuous duty motor will suffice
  • For joggers: 2.5 horsepower continuous duty should be the minimum
  • For runners: 3.0 horsepower continuous duty or higher









Also note that if any of the users of the treadmill weigh over 200 pounds, HP should be increased by .5 for proper support, no matter the fitness goals. This means the HP should be at least 2.5 HP for walkers, 3.0 for joggers, and 3.5 for runners. Such precaution will extend the life of your motor.

As for sound, note that motors employing direct current (or known as DC) cause less noise compared to motors that use alternate current (also known as AC). Remember this when deciding where to place your treadmill, especially if you watch the television while you walk or run, or if the treadmill will be in a high traffic area of the home.