About Precor Treadmills
Precor was acquired from Illinois Tool Works by Amer Group PLC in the fall of 2002. Amer Group also owns other well known brands like Wilson Sporting Goods. Precor has manufactured high quality equipment since the early 1980's. Although Precor has lost some of their dealer base over the last few years, they have really stepped up in the commercial game and that is where they are really strong. Precor tried to make a dent in the mass market stores but there weren’t salepeople that could explain why you had to pay extra for a Precor so they have refocused on specialty retailers.
Precor treadmills have received rave reviews from trainers, fitness experts and consumers alike. No wonder, Precor has been a leader in fitness equipment for twenty years by investing tons of money into research and development to bring you equipment, “Engineered to move the way you move.”
Precor treadmills are designed to follow and respond to the natural ergonomics of the body as well as the natural stride of each individual step during any type of stride from walking to full-out running. Their patented Footplant Technology takes into account the acceleration and deceleration of the foot during each stride and adjusts the motor speed up to 100 times per second to accommodate the changes.
Precor treadmills also have a patented suspension system that improves the deck’s responsiveness to your body pressure, weight and stride. Because Precor is continually innovating and improving, it almost always has a few features on their treadmills that are exclusive to them because they are patent-protected.
The engineering of these treadmills is just plain well-thought-out. Standard features on every Precor treadmills model are an oversized deck, a powerful motor, quality electronics and a reversible belt. Essentially this gives you a more comfortable running area, better flow to your stride (no jerkiness), reliable read-outs on the console and double the treadmill belt life. It’s a great combo package in terms of fewer repairs and more reliability.
Precor sells their equipment only through authorized dealers. It guarantees a few things – no one is buying a knock-off, and they have full control over warranties and repairs. Fortunately, they have very good customer service, so it works both ways. It’s good for Precor and good for the consumer, unless you don’t have a dealer near you. Also a good deal – the ten year warranty on treadmill parts, although the one year labor coverage is a bit skimpy when you consider you’re paying $3,500 or more for Precor treadmills. Others in this price range routinely offer at least two years on labor.
There’s also a certain undeniable appeal to owning a Precor. After all, some of the best health clubs in the world use Precor commercial treadmills. Some people quibble over the price of a Precor, but we consider that a budget issue. While this brand may not be the best value, they are arguably the best treadmills. If you’re really serious about your workout and want a machine that can take anything you can give it, Precor treadmills are worth every dime.