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Precor treadmills - all models - truly garbage.

by David
(Texas)

I've been a certified Precor service tech for about 9 years now. Our company has made thousands of dollars off repairing their treadmills and ellipticals. They are just like Mercedes. They cost a lot and break down a lot. They generally put out their products without proper testing, as a result, the machines keep breaking down and have to keep getting upgrades.

Luckily, if the repair falls under the "upgrade category" you might be lucky and won't have to pay for the repair, except having your time wasted.

We all think they're over priced, and you're really paying for the long parts warranty. Even the Chinese made treadmills and ellipticals are better and cheaper than Precor these days.

Thank you for keeping us employed Precor. Please continue to design crappy over priced machines and please don't test them properly like your competitors.

On a positive note, they are good while they work.

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Oct 18, 2017
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Used Precor 9.33
by: Anonymous

I'm looking at a used Precor 9.33 from 2008 for around $600. Is that a good deal?

Or a Landice L7 for full price. Haven't bought a treadmill in forever so been probably overthinking this but want to be sure it lasts for a long time.

Thanks for any advice!

Jun 12, 2017
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So, you who use 'em, love 'em; 2 techs hate them!?
by: Electronics Tech/Mech.

Egads, I was a Technician on extremely complicated military owned Boeing Aircraft, and Satellite communications equipment, over 20 years, and fixed everything that broke, from the field washing machines to satellite gear, and, on retirement, became an R&D designer, plus the Field Engineer, on high tech. machines.

Some days I loved my military career, other days, very rarely, wished it away! Such is the life of a tech. We live in the trenches, and are fish out of water in most other situations. Same in the civilian world. Guys N Gals "in the trenches" have a tendency to complain too much. But, without the machines, we have no jobs! DUH!!!

Making my own machine lathes, milling machines, specialty sanders and grinders using treadmill motors with variable speed controls is great! Online sales of fully operational used quality tread mills for $10 to $100 for an entire quality machine for parts is a win! Some even get diverted into our home gym, when our War Dept. sees 'em!

Mar 04, 2017
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Precor 9.25i
by: Runner

I have 1075 hrs,+4000 miles on machine
my spouse has similar
its used twice a day
hope it runs for another 4000 miles

Mar 02, 2017
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Wow
by: Anonymous

This is one of the worst articles (most likely fake) I've seen in a long time. Wether this is a different fitness equipment company trying to compete this is all out ridiculous. Just proves this is a BS article by the content through the website "Featured treadmills" which features some of the worst equipment on the market.

I have serviced and sold Precor product for years now and its still the high-end gold-standard it is made to be. We sell all products and big names and Precor is still our most sold.

Very loyal company when it comes to warranty also.


Dec 23, 2016
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About to purchase used Precor
by: Anonymous

I'm about to buy a 3 year old Precor and am a little concerned about the durability.


As you can figure, I am paying a pretty penny and want to make sure that I get my money's worth.

I am very excited to purchase based on reviews I have read here. I do need to know how to check the mileage and hours used.

Anybody?

Oct 28, 2016
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Dubious Precor Quality
by: Doug Talbott

My wife and I purchased a Precor 9.27 as everyone raved about the quality. The unit was built in 2008 and had 30 miles on it when I purchased it a few years ago.

My wife (110 pounds) and I (190 pounds) run the machine during the winter months most days and the unit now has 750 miles on it. The deck has cracked and needs to be replaced. They recommend the belt be replaced at the same time for a total spend of about $1250 CDN.

Precor won't honour the 10 year warranty on parts since we purchased it used. Odd how most car companies honour a warranty regardless of who owns the car.

My advice. Do not buy Precor.

Apr 01, 2016
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Precor 9.2 Treadmill -
by: Steve B

I've had my Precor 9.2 treadmill for approximately 23 years now and I have run and walked over 15 thousand miles on it and have never had a problem with it; with one recent exception.

I left it activated for several days without shutting it off and I got an "power board error" message.


After shutting it off for awhile it powered up okay. I got my moneys worth out of it.

Jan 23, 2016
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Had problems for years.
by: Badda Bingg

Our 9.21i has a history of Error codes and blown fuses. The last error code 41 has put it back in the toilet. I would never suggest that someone buy one of these treadmills. It is junk.

Jan 12, 2016
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Never had a problem with our 15 yr old Precor
by: Anonymous

We have had our Precor 921i for over 15 years and it has never broken down and works fine to this day.

Jun 25, 2015
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Precor very good to better
by: cwesleyg

I was a Precor FAST technician back in the 1990's. Precor makes a very solid machine.

Most of the problems we saw were owner errors.

- Poorly adjusting belts,
- lubricating which should never have been done,
- letting them get overly dirty,
- bad power or inadequate circuit (20 amp required) to name a few.

Crashing belts and destroying them was common. Overtightening running belt would destroy the bearings in the rollers, or at least make them tick.

There were better treadmills, but Precor was always a opt seller and performer. The commercial ones were very solid.

I really like later Aerobics Pacemaster from that era, and Spirit was very durable.

Trotter was the premium machine of the 90's. I think Trotter was bought out by Cybex a while after they had to recall all of their own factory made units.

Feb 02, 2015
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Reliable!
by: Anonymous

I've had my Precor 9.20s since the mid 1990's.

I still use it 4-5 times a week.

The only repair work, over the twenty years, was to replace the belt.

It's been extremely reliable!!

Dec 22, 2014
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you are wrong
by: Anonymous

I have owned 4 precor tradmillover the last 15 years and still have them and they run just fine.

Used by me and my wife as well my kids who are long distance runners.

Dec 02, 2014
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Totally disagree
by: Anonymous

I have had mine for more than 10 years and never had a problem.

Very suspicious that someone who worked for the company is bad mouthing the product?


Maybe he was fired?

Feb 05, 2014
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Never had a problem till now and it's my fault
by: Anonymous

In defense of my Precor treadmill...I've had a Precor 9.2S Treadmill since my separation in 1996 (I bought it for myself on Valentine's Day for my "heart."


Anyway, over the years I have used it a lot and put many miles on it.

I have never had a problem. I have not even had to adjust the belt.


It was the most reliable machine until I had new carpet installed and put it out in my garage in April.


My girlfriend was interested in it as I had gotten an elliptical and she came to look at it last night.

I had it partially covered but it must have gotten bumped or something leaned against it (the motor cover was not on it as it had cracked in the dry AZ climate and shattered when we tried to glue it, thus the fan motor blades were flapping against the side and the pulley motor was squealing.


I am not a tech and not mechanical.

I tried to find parts online, but I am afraid I couldn't find the one and the other was $50.

She only offered $100 for the treadmill.

So I think it is time to give it up.

I did get my use out of it and it was a wonderful machine.

Oct 29, 2013
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DEFECTIVE ROLLERS ON PRECOR
by: EILEEN D.

I purchased a precor 9.33 November 2001.

I purchased a 5 year warranty and had work done under the warranty.

In 2009 it cost me 744.00 to replace the motor.

October 2013 had a precor technician come out the problem is the rollers and belt needs change (after 5 minutes the treadmill smells like rubber burning).

Tech said Precor has been changing there rollers and belts (they have been having problem with there rollers).

Precor knew there was a problem with there rollers and have been changing then free of charge (that is what the technician told me).

But when he called precord they said I will have to pay 50% of the parts cost.

Oct 20, 2013
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Awesome machine
by: John Mageras

Bought 9.21i in 1997. $2700.

I keep it clean under the hood and belt adjusted.

Never an issue as yet. expensive, yes. and worth it.

I've always had great karmic trips with anything mechanical.

Apr 17, 2012
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I agree
by: Anonymous

Good treadmill until it breaks down.

I've got a 9.27 that broke down while still under warranty.

A fat lot of good a warranty is when you can't get anyone to fix it!

Apr 01, 2012
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PRECOR 9.21
by: Anonymous

I have a precor 9.21 I bought many years ago and use it constantly , to date I've only had to change the deck and belt once , I have never had to make any other repairs, it has thousands of miles on it, great Machine....

Oct 05, 2010
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Another dissatisfied Precor customer!
by: Anonymous

I must agree with the "tech."

My first Precor treadmill, model 9.2s, set me back over a thousand dollars in repairs during the 8 years it lasted.


Then I was dumb enough to buy another Precor (got talked into by the salesman who promised me they were a lot better than before).


This one was Model 9.33.

It felt good but after about two years it started to act-up and had to have a whole bunch of parts replaced.

Then two more years and the motor and a circuit board had to be replaced.

So much for better quality. I think not.

I switched to Pacemaster 2 years ago, its not as sturdy, then again it doesn't weigh a ton like the Precor.

But the running feel is very comfortable and it was about $1500 less.

Its now just over two years and not a single problem.

Feb 10, 2010
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Disgruntled Ex-Employee Perhaps?
by: Anonymous

I have a few problems with the broad statements posted by both parties.

First and foremost, the Precor 9.31 treadmill was just named "Best" in Consumer Reports, a non-biased publication.

Hardly "truly garbage" as stated in the original post.

Secondly, if you keep an eye on the industry and have a knowledge of sales vs. warranty you would undoubtedly know that Precor consistently runs at around 3% warranty vs. sales, which translated means that for every 100 units sold, three get some sort of claim placed against them which is much lower than, lets say, Natilus which is running around 17%.


Finally, using Mercedes as a comparison is reaching quite a bit, because Damlier Benz was consistently at the top of JD Powers survey in both initial and long term reliability up until the point of the ill fated merger with Chrysler, which unfairly allowed Chryslers poor quality to drag Mercedes numbers down.

Since the sale of Chrysler, Mercedes is not only now above the industry standard, but climbing back into the top yearly.

As for expense, Mercedes and Precor, use higher quality materials in manufacturing and therefore cost more.

Dec 23, 2009
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Precor treadmills = Garbage treadmills
by: Anonymous

That is so true. I'm a tech from Florida and I concur.

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