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567 of 573 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precor vs Horizon vs Sole vs LifeFitness, February 28, 2012
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Melanie Arthur (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Precor 9.27 Treadmill with Ground Effects Technology (Sports)
I just purchased the Precor 9.27 Treadmill. You should read this review because there is not enough information on the Internet to make a good purchasing decision.

After owning a Horizon Fitness T30 treadmill for 7 years (lite usage), I became weary of purchasing and installing expensive parts: 2 motor control boards, belt, lots and lots of silicone lubrication, new motor, and the lift motor mechanism now has play in it. The last motor control board $300 just went out. The electrolytic capacitors on the controller board are soldered in place and some of the capacitor has been pulled off the leads. This is how it was new from the "factory" in China.

Johnson Health Tech makes Horizon, Merit, and several other brands. Usually all the same treadmill but different brand lines for different pricing levels. A $600 treadmill in one brand will be $1600 in another and $2600 in another. In reality their longevity will all be the same (terrible). So it was time to... Read more
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediately Impressed, February 1, 2012
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This review is from: Precor 9.27 Treadmill with Ground Effects Technology (Sports)
I had looked at various Sole models (F80 and F85), NordicTrack/Icon Commercial line, the Precor 9.23 and most of the Livestrong versions that run from 8.0 to the LS Pro 1. I checked out Dick's Sporting Goods, ran through a bunch of sites, checked reviews, scoured the message boards of runners worlds and looked at what Consumer Reports had to say.

After much haranguing and researching treadmills, I decided to settle on the Precor 9.27 as it met most of the demands that I was looking for in a middle-of-the-road unit..

My budget was around $2,000 at the high-end and didn't want to go over it. I was looking for a brand that had a known quantity with decent support. The Livestrong Brand, which is manufactured by Johnson Health Tech, has only been around a few years. While most of the reviews were favorable, I was leery to try it as no one has truly seen what the overall reliability break down would be over a 5 year span. The NordicTracks had great reviews in some... Read more
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Investment in your Health, December 4, 2012
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P. Peters (Cleveland, OH) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Precor 9.27 Treadmill with Ground Effects Technology (Sports)
I suffered a heart attack back in May and used a treadmill during cardiac rehab. I love walking outside but winter weather in Cleveland often forces me inside. My wife and I decided to buy a treadmill and based on my research Precor was the leading choice. Debated over the 9.27 vs the 9.23 but ultimately chose the 9.27. I wanted the extended handles offered on this model and fact that it will monitor heart rate with the built in telemetry. You can also use the hand grips to monitor heart rate but using the included chest strap is more convenient and more accurate. I know $400 is a lot to pay for these features but well worth it. The machine is rock solid and exudes quality. No iPod docks or integrated fans are present but the display is clear and provides the info you need for a good workout. I look forward to coming home, firing up the treadmill and working up a good sweat. This thing will outlast me and I intend to be around for a long time. No regrets if you purchase this... Read more
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