Treadmill Motor – what to look for


When you are buying a treadmill, one of the most important parts is the motor.  Yes, all the other “bells and whistles” are nice, but they don’t mean a thing if your treadmill motor does not match your needs.Read treadmill reviews on internet

Consider your weight, how often you will be using the machine, and the overall stress you will be putting on the machine.  A treadmill that does not have the right motor can easily fail, even under moderate workloads.

The true rating of a motor’s horsepower is called the “continuous-duty rating”. “Continuous-duty” is the horsepower rating for steady, continuous motor power usage over an extended period of time. Don’t be fooled by a manufacturer’s claim for “peak horsepower” or “treadmill-duty” horsepower ratings. These terms disguise the true quality of the motor.


Don’t buy a treadmill with a motor that has a “continuous-duty” horsepower rating of less than 1.5 horsepower. You don’t want a motor that is constantly straining to maintain your workout. Heavier users place an immense amount of stress on the treadmill with the impact of each footfall. Your treadmill should be an effective combination of the motor, belt, and deck that delivers a comfortable and consistent level of performance.


Treadmill motors, such as the Horizon, Image, Life Fitness, Nordic Track,Proform, Schwinn, and Smooth Fitness(see them on this website – ),should produce enough torque at all speeds. You don’t want a motor that sustains its horsepower only at high revolutions, but fails at lower revolutions under a heavy load. More power is needed when you first start your treadmill and at slower walking levels. More power translates into a smoother performance with less belt resistance and motor hesitation.