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Used Treadmills - Second Hand Treadmill Machines For Sale

Updated on April 7, 2014

Second Hand Treadmills

The cost of home fitness equipment is something which can prevent many of us from buying the exercising machines which would help us all lead fitter, healthier and happier lives. Treadmills have long been the most popular home exercise machines but to buy treadmill for home use is no small monetary investment. Commercial treadmills the same as the kinds of treadmills seen in gyms and fitness rooms around the world cost several thousand dollars each which puts them well beyond the means of most consumers looking to buy a treadmill for using at home.

Unfortunately, to really get anything remotely like the feel of a commercial gym treadmill you typically need to spend over $1000 at retail price which is still a large chunk of change...or you can compromise on the whole idea of buying new and buy a treadmill for less than 70% of the original manufacturer's retail price by shopping to buy a second hand treadmill for sale by owner on the preowned treadmill market instead.

The Price Of A Basic Level Treadmill Might Surprise You

Before you dip your toes into the used treadmill market you might be surprised by the price of a new one. Manufacturers have dropped the price of a basic treadmill to fit in will all budgets and price ranges. These strip out all the bells and whistles to offer just the basic features but if that's all you need (and for many home users, it is) then one of these might suit your requirements perfectly and come at a price that's right.

Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill
Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill

This is a manual treadmill which makes it perfect for walking at home. No motor means you can save a lot of money here and the big discount for buying online takes around $100 off the price you'll find in offline stores. It has a 42" deck and holds users up to 250 lbs in weight.

Exerpeutic TF900 High Capacity Fitness Walking Electric Treadmill, 350 lbs
Exerpeutic TF900 High Capacity Fitness Walking Electric Treadmill, 350 lbs

This budget priced treadmill has a lot of the features of models which are far more expensive. The 1.5hp motor makes it ideal for vigorous walking and the maximum 350lb weight limit puts it in the higher weight limit class. As with many home treadmills this also folds up to make storage easier. A five year motor warrantee backs up the quality of the machine.

Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill Black - Folding Design for Easy Storage at Home
Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill Black - Folding Design for Easy Storage at Home

Often much cheaper than the price stated here (click the link to see the current price which is often WAY UNDER $300) this foldable treadmill has a 600W motor with a digital display. It is foldable too which makes it easy to store when you are done with it. At that sub $300 price level this is a fantastic buy.

Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill
Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill

No motor and only the very basic features allows this treadmill to come in at the lowest price we've seen and with Amazon's discount, that's even lower. If your treadmill workout involves running, then look elsewhere, but for walkers, this might be the perfect solution for those on a budget.


New Treadmill 50% Discount Or More - Why Buy A Used Treadmill When A New One Is This Cheap

You can buy a treadmill for cheap by shopping for a used treadmill bargain but you can also find some great deals amongst new exercise machines if you know where to look. One of the problems with buying a refurbished treadmill is that the people who deal in such things tend to focus on the top of the line models which means that even though you are saving a lot of money buying a used treadmill through one of these dealers, that machine might still be a few thousand dollars! Buying new, on the other hand, gives you access to the products aimed at the home market in the first place rather than those refurbished commercial machines. Amazon has some great discounted treadmill deals right now so be sure to check out some of the top rated products below and enjoy all the benefits of buying new (warrantee, easy returns etc.) for a fraction of the costs - it's all the benefits and none of the headaches.

How To Buy Secondhand Treadmills

The Pros and Cons of Second User Treadmill Exercisers

Shop around and you'll soon realise there is a big difference between buying new and buying used treadmills and it's not just the price. A preowed treadmill for sale by owner will vary wildly in terms of value for money, level of wear and tear and overall general machine fitness. You might get lucky and find a nearly new treadmill exerciser which is preused but has barely been touched by its owner or you might on the other hand find a broken down treadmill machine which has been driven hard on a daily basis by several different users and is now on its last knockings. If you are buying a used tredmill you'll want to make sure you shop around for a gently used treadmill barely touched by its owner not the latter beaten up old wreck.

How To Buy A Gently Used Treadmill

Buy A Used Folding Treadmill or Used Commercial Treadmill For Less

So when you are shopping around you want to specifically look for a gently used secondhand treadmill and the only real way to actually help guarantee you'll be able to find one is to see the machine in person or to find a very well described treadmill online or ask a load of questions to the owner. If you see the machine in person, which is always the best treadmill buying advice anyone can give whether you are buying used or new, there are a couple of tell-tale signs to look out for to tell how much use the machine has seen.

Firstly, you'll want to look at the running deck. If the used treadmill belt looks worn, very scuffed and thinning, then the chances are this is a machine which has seen a lot of usage. On the other hand, if it looks barely touched, that's an indicator that you're looking at a lightly used treadmill...or that the belt has been replace in its recent history.

Secondly, you'll want to look at other parts of the machine which will start to suffer from wear and tear over time like the handrails, specifically where there is any padding as this starts to wear over time and generally, look at the overall age of the machine in terms of just how old it feels to you.

Thirdly, you of course want to try the machine out. If for some reason, no matter how good that reason sounds, the treadmill owner doesn't want to let you try it out, don't buy it, it's as simple as that. You'll want to make sure you take along some running shoes so you can run a performance test on the equipment, as no one is going to want you jumping on board with your high heels on.

You want to check out the running deck smoothness, if it is jerky or feels rough in any way then you've got a maintenance issue on the horizon. You also want to check out things like the incline, any folding mechanism if the treadmill has that feature, and the general electronics like heart rate monitoring, console programs etc.

Finally, and most importantly, don't be afraid to question the seller themselves. You don't have to give them the third degree like a Spanish Inquisitor but you do want to know things like when they bought the machine, whether they bought it used themselves or new, if there have been any maintenance issues in the past and things like that. The same applies to buying online but you'll want to ask more questions here if they're not already answered in the blurb.

Where To Buy Used and Second Hand Treadmills

The best places to look are in the local ads in your area. That way, you should be able to try the machine out yourself and also, if you do have any problems, you have easy access to the seller. The other benefit is you'll be able to skip the shipping costs which can sometimes be ridiculously expensive as, unless you can go get it yourself or they're willing to deliver, the cost of shipping a treadmill is very high. The treadmill shipping cost alone can be more than the cost of the treadmill itself! Places like Craigslist and eBay are good online sites to start looking at, as well as places like eBay classifieds but also local newspaper ads and even garage sales can be a goldmine to find second hand treadmill exercise machines.

Used Treadmills vs Refurbished Treadmills vs Remanufactured Treadmills

No, these are not all the same!

Another way you can save money buying a secondhand treadmill is to look at the refurbished and remanufactured treadmill market. Whilst its fair to say some retailers use these terms interchangably they are not all the same thing. Used and secondhand treadmills are sold by the owner themselves usually in the free ads and other classifieds. you get no warrantee or much else aside from a handshake when you buy any exercise equipment this way and pretty much every treadmill is sold as is.

Refurbished treadmills on the other hand are more typically sold by retail stores and professional refurbishers who clean up and perform basic maintenance on the product so you get a working, tested treadmill with some kind of warrantee.

Factory remanufactured treadmills which are sometimes also called reconditioned treadmills will go through much more rigorous testing. A good treadmill remanufactured to original factory standards will be stripped down to the frame and rebuilt from the ground up with any worn treadmill parts being replaced by new components so you basically get a nearly new treadmill for a fraction of the price of actually buying new.

When buying refurbished or remanufactured running machines you are well advised to look into what the remanufacturing process entails as this can vary wildly from one place to another. The best remanufactured treadmill sellers will strip the machine down and rebuild it, others who claim to have a treadmill refurbished in their warehouse might have done as little as cleaned it up.

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  • TransplantedSoul profile image


    6 years ago

    I agree, the price of getting "new" is not worth in the case of many items. Buying carefully can yield great results.

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    7 years ago

    Makes so much sense to go for a nearly new or a barely used equipment. Great idea.

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    8 years ago

    This is a good idea for a lens to advertise used tread mills. That makes so much sense these days. I would rather buy used than new, as long as its in good condition.


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