LIVESTRONG┬« LS13T Treadmill
Great all around tread mill
we are happy with the performance of this treadmill so far. It appears to be very durable so far even with my big husband running on it nightly (he's 210lbs).
May 8, 2013
Bought this on Jan 4th 2013. Paid 980$ and its the best purchase I have ever made. Very sturdy, me and wife have prob put > 100 miles on it and still works like a charm. I weight 240lbs and running at 6mph for 30 mins is no prob on the machine. No creaks, shakes or whining.
So after more than a month and > 100 miles this machine is highly recommended by me.
P.S. this model does not come with the chest strap or USB for updates
February 13, 2013
Love this treadmill
This is a great treadmill. The machine itself is not very loud. The speakers are wonderful and there is a lip where you can place your laptop/ipad and then hook up the speakers or you head phones. The fan is great. Only drawback is that it is incredibly heavy. We recently moved and it was a dickens to get around, and then we brought it up from the basement, and with three of us it was still a troublesome task! But other than that, it is wonderful. Great fit for my husband and I!
January 17, 2013
Not bad at all!
We bought this in Calgary, as our gym membership was mainly treadmill usage and we figured after 6 mos it would of paid for itself.
we had it put in the van by cdn tire folks, then opened the box in the van, and took it in parts to the basement. The base of the unit was the heaviest part and would of taken 2 to 3 guys to lift, but we had flat terrain at our house and used the wheels to our advantage to get it to the basement door.
The install was very easy. We actually looked at the manual online before buying it, as this was a showstopper for us.
We have used it daily for a couple weeks and it is very sturdy. The one thing i hated was those flimsy ones you get at some hotel chains, especially for a heavier guy like me, but we did not want to spend thousands on the commercial ones either, as per our break even time to own mentioned above. Both the incline and the speed are consistent with what we are used to at the ymca and all the buttons worked for speed settings. We have not tried the sound or the connections to music ports because our tv is within view of the workout area, so it not really needed for us. The lifting mechanism for moving and cleaning underneath is really light weight.
For the quality, this could of been priced so much more and i would of still been happy. All in all, we had no negatives to report. I will add a few weights and bench in another couple months to complete everything we used the gym for.
December 26, 2012
SEEMS TO BE GREAT BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
HI - I PICKED THIS UP LAST NIGHT AND WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. THE REVIEWS OF SOME OF THE OTHER LS TREADMILLS HAD ME A LITTLE CONCERNED. I FOUND PUTTING IT TOGETHER WAS VERY EASY TAKING ABOUT A 1.5 HOUR WITH 2 GUYS BUT DOING A LOT OF CHATTING AND JOKING ALONG WAY. I FOUND THE DIRECTIONS EXTREMELY EASY TO FOLLOW AND NORMALL DIRECTIONS MAKE MY BLOOD PRESSURE RISE. I DID A 30 MIN RUN AND I THINK IT IS VERY SIMILAR TO ONES IN THE GYM I HAVE USED IN THE PAST. I HAVE DONE 4 HALF MARATIONS USUALLY AROUND (2HRS) AND A BUNCH OF 10KM RUNS AND WAY ABOUT 200 LBS AND I AM 6FT TALL. THERE IS LOTS OF ROOM ON THE BELT.
THE MACHINE IS VERY HEAVY - THREE GUYS LIFTED IT IN TO MY HOUSE. YOU COULD PROBABLY GET AWAY WITH ONLY HAVING TWO GUYS IF YOU OPEN THE BOX AND TAKE IT IN PIECE BY PIECE. IT WOULD BE MOST IDEA THOUGH TO HAVE 4 PEOPLE TO LIFE THE FULL BOX IN.
I FOUND THE DISPLAY A BIT LARGE BUT IF YOUR TV IS HIGH OR IF YOU HAVE IT THE SIDE IT IS FINE.
COST - I ALMOST SPEND $2500 ON THE BH 5. I HAVE RUN ON THAT AND IT HAS A SLIGHT WIDER BELT (2 INCHS) BUT i DONT THINK IT IS NEEDED AND I FOUND THIS MACHINE OF SIMILAR QUAILTY AND MAYBE EVEN A BETTER MACHINE. I BOUGHT THIS ON SALE FOR $980 AND I THINK IT WAS A SUPPER DEAL.
TIP - I ASKED CANADIAN TIRE HOW MANY THEY HAD IN STOCK AND THEY SAID 2. WHEN THE FIRST ONE CAME DOWN THE BOX WAS MANAGED ON ONE END. THEY TRIED TO ENSURE ME THAT IT WASNT OPENED OR DAMAGED. I POLITELY SAID I WOULD LIKE IF THEY CAN CHECK THE OTHER ONE TO SEE IF THE BOX WAS IN BETTER SHAPE. THEY COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD AND GLADLY SWITCHED MACHINES. I CERTAINLY WOULDNT HAVE WANTED TO GET IT HOME DO ALL THAT LIFTING AND HAVE A BROKEN MACHINE OR HAVE TO RETURN IT. IF I WOULD DO IT AGAIN i WOULD HAVE REQUESTED TO THE CAD TIRE REP THAT I WANTED A UNOPENED BOX THAT ISNT DAMAGED.
November 23, 2012
Perhaps we got a lemon?
Purchased this last year on sale, easy assembly, nice solid machine. Worked great for about a month, when it would run normally for a minute or two then decrease/increase speed sporadicly for another 30 seconds and then shut right down. First call a service tech was sent out, and a new console was shipped. I installed console, same problem. Second call a new motor was shipped, again installed with the same problem. Third call and the company still wanted to send me more parts. At this point we've had it almost 3 months and it was broke down longer than it worked. I went to CT, explained the situation and they gladly returned it. Only good thing about this was CT's great services.
It does look like the model has had a facelift from the LS13T we had purchased.
November 5, 2012
Worth the investment
I purchased this treadmill on sale just after Christmas. I was immediately impressed but wanted to see if my opinion would last after a few months of use. It did.
The treadmill was a beast to move to a spare room on the 2nd floor but very easy to set up once there.
Tip1: the treadmill section wants to raise (as designed) so use a ratchet style tie-down to LIGHTLY secure it to the base legs which makes carrying it much less awkward.
Tip2: recruit a physically fit friend or 2 capable of lifting +200lbs. Farily quiet operation but depends largely who is running on it. I had a local home improvement store cut up a piece of 3/4" plywood for a base to protect the carpet and stiffen up the support.
Tip3: a fine black dust collects at the back and under the treadmill section (and on the bottom your shoes as you step off). The plywood helped but a bit short so picked up some cheap plastic carpet runner.
Manually adjusting the belt is pretty easy but takes a few sessions to lock in on decent tension that does not drift. Especially at the start as you get used to running on it. I was +260lb (now 245!) so I had to tighten it up quite a bit.
Tip4: before you make any adjustments or oil the belt, mark the stock belt location with a piece of masking tape on each side of the frame.
The preloaded programs are all just a bit too similar but great for mixing up the routine. Comes with a USB memory stick to download other programs and upload progress.. I putzed with it put lost interest.
Tip5: you can manually increase/decrease the speed of preloaded programs while in operation. Really handy as you transition from one program level to another. I bump up the speed up .5mph near the end of a session to increase to the next level.
So what don't I like:
- can not select metric, just imperial
- a little confusing as it does reference 5km/10km at times
- can adjust fan speed but its not direction for taller users
- only has 2 users + guest profiles
- no issues yet but curious about the long term durability of the treadmill base (coated MDF?)
I have been using it regularly and loving it. Sounds silly but it takes a while to get used to how to run on it - I needed to use the handles and made the belt "slip" a lot but now rarely do.
So would I buy it again? I am pretty cheap so can not imagine paying full retail price for it.. but.. its been great, I am using it lots and feeling healthier. Hard to put a price-value on that but being on sale sure made it a no brainer.
March 24, 2012
So far so good...
This thing weighs a ton (actually 1/6 ton); best to drag it on a carpet or a piece of carpet on wood or tile floors; only unpack it where you're setting it up.
Fairly easy to assemble. Had to recenter the belt several times after lubricating with the silicon oil. Motor is quiet, footsteps on the belt louder than anything else. Speaker sound is cheap, use headphones or buds. I jog on it & the wife walks & we both find that it works well. Haven't tried any of the internet features or tracking capabilities.
February 21, 2012
Well Worth The Price
Best runners treadmill on the market right now for the price. You'll need a minivan or truck to bring this home, and at least 2 people to drag it into your house. You should drag the box into the room where you want the treadmill to be, then assemble it cause once this is put together its impossible to move it around. It goes up to 12mph, which is really fast for even for a fit person like me. The incline is also a great feature in this. Everything is very simple and easy to work. Took me about 1 hour to unpack and assemble the treadmill, it came in 3 pieces. You can plug your iPod into the built in speaker, but the quality isn't good. Overall if you're looking for an amazing great quality treadmill for a low price get this!
February 4, 2012
Very good deal
I bought this on sale (60% off) on a Boxing Week special, and it is a steal at the price ($959). I'm not 100% convinced I would buy it at full price, but I am certain at the sale price, you would be hard pressed to find a better deal.
It was packaged very well (I think half of the weight, and it IS heavy, is packaging) and is very easy to put together. It is a folding treadmill, and has pneumatic (hydraulic??) cylinders to allow it to slowly come down (vs come crashing down). It has more programs than Kellog's has Corn Flakes, and there are also programs that can be downloaded (as well as a website to upload your results, and to help you with your fitness goals).
My advice: get a few people with strong backs to help you move it into whatever area you want to set it up (I did it myself, up a flight of stairs, and that was a workout in itself). It is quite simple to put together, and seems to be very sturdy (for a home treadmill).
Overall, my first impressions are extremely favourable (and it has an impressive warrantee , in case I have issues down the road).
December 23, 2011