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Schwinn 830 Treadmill

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Schwinn 830
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L:72.2"
W:35.2"
H:57.6"
300 lbs2.75 CHP,
0-12 MPH
22Motor: 10 years
Frame: 10 years
Mechanical: 2 years
Electrical: 2 years
Labor: 1 year

Scwhinn makes some of the finest home exercising equipment that you can find at the moment, and when it comes to treadmills, there’s no exception. Each one of their treadmills is guaranteed to supply the perfect setting for a superior, challenging workout, aimed for weight loss, long-run stamina, and cardio exercising. They offer several models, and the Schwinn 830 is one of the highest rated at the moment.

This particular treadmill is perfect for beginner and medium users, but it also offers professional training possibilities, as it incorporates a heavy duty motor, capable of rendering speeds up to 12 MPH. It supplies a consistent array of training programs and features. And on top of that, it comes with several gym-quality features.

Specifications and Details

  • Assembled dimensions: 72.2L x 35.2W x 57.6H inches (183L x 89.4W x 146H cm)
  • Tread belt dimensions: 55L x 20W inches (139.7L x 50.8W cm)
  • Product weight: 200 lbs (90.7 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Motor: 2.75 HP, DC type
  • Incline: Automatic, 0-12°
  • Deck cushioning: Yes
  • Speed levels: 0-12 MPH
  • Training programs: 22
  • Multifunctional console: Yes
  • Amenities: Chest strap, sound system, cooling fan, USB port, 2x bottle holder,
  • Warranty: Frame 10 years / Motor 10 years / Mechanical 2 years / Electrical 2 years / Labor 1 year

Frame

The above are just the core features of the Schwinn 830 treadmill, but there’s quite a bit to know regarding each one of them, and of course, there are several other aspects that you should be aware of. First of all, let’s discuss the frame and footprint.

schwinn 830 frameThis particular treadmill is actually a medium size one, featuring a smaller footprint, with 35.2″ (89.4 cm) width, and 72.2″ (183 cm) length. There are many treadmills out there 15″-17″ inches longer, and at least a couple of inches wider, machines that may not be the most suitable choice for a small apartment.

The main frame of this running machine is steel-made, highly durable and heavy, adding to the treadmills overall stability. All the bases of the frame are equipped with levelers, to ensure it will never wobble or move, even if used by someone at maximum supported capacity. Also, the front base features transportation wheels to facilitate the machine’s relocation, in case you need to store it in a different place than the one where you’re working out.

Motor

The Scwhinn 830 is equipped with a 2.75 HP motor, which can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg) without slowing down, or overheating, even if the treadmill is used for longer training sessions. It can boast speeds up to 12 MPH, which is actually a speed setting for marathon runners. The motor features excellent responsiveness to speed adjusting. It’s also very quiet, so you won’t have to worry about its noise interfering with the sound of your TV or your music.

Evidently, since it’s a motorized, electrical machine, most users would be concerned about their electricity bill going up. There’s no need to worry about this at all. If used for 1 hour, at maximum capacity, it shouldn’t go over 2 KWHrs. Therefore, if you will be using it 5 times per week, for one hour even at high speed, it shouldn’t add more than $10, maximum $15 to your bill, depending on your area.

The machine comes with a power cord which plugs into the case of the motor, at the front base of the machine. Near the power input there’s also an On/Off switch. This treadmill requires a nominal 120-V circuit, with a standard American outlet. To plug into a different outlet format, you will need an adapter.

Running surface

First of all, the deck of the 830 treadmill from Scwhinn is foldable vertically. It features a SoftDrop hydraulic lift, which makes its folding and unfolding much easier, preventing it from dropping heavily. The folded treadmill is to be stored also in vertical position, resting on its front bases. By no means it can fit under the bed, or in narrow spaces. Its folding will give you about 30″ (76 cm) of extra space, length wise.

The deck features a 4-cell cushioning system, considerably reducing the impact on the joints, as opposed to running on asphalt. This also allows you to run for longer sessions, resulting in more calories burned.

This Schwinn treadmill is equipped with a 1-ply, 1.5 mm thick belt, heavy-duty belt, made to last. The belt is run over a set of 2.5″, crowned rollers, which supply an excellent contact with the belt, thus contributing to the smoothness of the run. The belt offers a running surface of 20″ (50.8 cm) width and 55″ (139.7 cm) in length, fit for users, up to 6’4″ (193 cm) tall. Evidently, taller users can also use this treadmill, but they might not be able to put up a maximum stride comfortably.

The deck features a motorized incline mechanism, up to 12°, which considerably increases the amount of possible running routines, and training intensity possibilities. Incline can be adjusted gradually, degree by degree, thus there basically are 13 levels of incline, from 0° to 12°. At 0° incline, the machine gives the user an elevation of 9″ (22.8 cm), while at maximum incline, the elevation is raised at 15.1″ (38.3 cm). It’s best to add at least 10″ (25.4 cm) to this dimension, in order to make sure the workout room has the adequat height clearance for you.

Console

Like most exercising machines offered by Schwinn, the 830 treadmill features quite a multifunctional console. First of all, it features a 6″ diagonal, blue-backlit display, which can schwinn 830 monitor and dashboardindicate just about any value required by a runner to know. It displays distance, speed, time, calories, pace, heart rate, laps, goal metrics, and records. Needless to say, it has goal tracking functions, which allow you to preset your time, calories and distance, displaying how much you’ve completed from your goal, and how much there is remaining. The goal tracking function can also indicate metrics from your last workout, last week’s workout, or last month’s workout. This gives you an excellent overview on your progress.

There is also a track function, measuring distance in laps of 0.25 miles, or 0.4 km. Yes, distance can be preset to be indicated in miles or km. This function helps a lot if you want a professional athlete setting for your training.

The console offers 22 preset workout programs, including 1 manual, 2 custom, 3 quick goal, 3 weight loss, 3 for interval training, 5 for training, 5 for cardio. This is actually quite an impressive amount of programs for a medium treadmill. There are more powerful training machines of this type out there, which don’t offer this amount of training programs. Also, along with these training programs, the console can support up to 4 user profiles, great function to have if several people use the treadmill, or you simply want to quickly swap between two or multiple, distinctive settings.

The handlebars incorporate pulse sensors, but the console is also telemetry enabled. In other words, you can use a chest strap for heart rate compatible with the console, for measuring your pulse and cardio activity. The box doesn’t include a strap, but as a general idea, all Schwinn telemetry enabled consoles are compatible with POLAR straps.

The console provides gradual and quick adjusting buttons for incline and speed. There’s also a programs button, a goals button, and a user profile button, and you can scroll through the presets via the arrow buttons. Pause button, and safety key are also included.

Along with the fitness tracking functions, the console of the Schwinn 830 makes available several other amenities. Its base includes a 3-speed fan, feature which you might find very useful during longer runs. The upper corners incorporate two speakers, this sound system being compatible with just about any MP3 player, smartphone or tablet. The upper part is also furnished with wide media holder, in case you want to overlay your tablet onto the console, and browse the web, or watch your favorite streams while you run. The sides of the console feature a bottle holder each.

But one of the best features on the treadmill’s console is the USB port, which allows you to export your training data onto your media device. You can upload your results on Schwinn Connect or MyFitnessPal, for a better analysis, or to compare them with the results of other users. This gives you the possibility to make the correct adjustments into your training, in order to achieve better results and continuously improve.

Assembly and Maintenance

The assembly of this treadmill is not very complicated, but certain steps may be a bit difficult to pull off, or may require the help of another person, since the deck is pretty heavy. The deck is completely assembled, and comes connected to the front base. You basically have to add the lateral posts, handlebars and console. The tricky part is attaching the lateral posts, since it features hidden screws, requiring quite a bit of guessing until you manage to attach them. Overall, the assembly shouldn’t last more than one hour, one hour and a half tops. The box includes a detailed manual that will guide you through this task, and the tools for it.

An important aspect regarding the assembly, refers to the deck. It comes secured with a velcro strap, which keeps it still. It’s best not to remove the strap until you bring the deck to the place where you want the treadmill. Also, since the machine is heavy, it’s best to place it on a mat.

Regarding maintenance, it’s important to check the machine for broken or loose parts before workout. Deck and belt must be kept clean of dirt and debris. Weekly cleaning should be enough. Belt and deck require lubrication with silicone-based lube, every 3 months. The box includes a tube of lubricant. Also make sure to keep the console moisture free, wiping out any water or sweat drops that may fall onto it.

Pluses

Compared with other treadmills within this price range, the Schwinn 830 treadmill does offer several important pluses.

First of all, it has an automatic incline mechanism, with multiple levels of incline, up to 12°, easily controlled from the console.

It offers training settings for users of various levels, from beginner to professional.

The console includes 22 preset programs, increasing exercising diversity by a lot compared with other treadmills, even with higher rating and price.

Sound system, cooling fan, bottle holders and tablet tray, are 4 features which increase the comfort of your workouts by a lot.

The machine comes with an extensive warranty, especially for frame and motor, and at least one year for the other parts. Other manufacturers offer only 90 days warranty for labor, for example.

USB connection, which allows the import of workout data onto a USB or media device, and uploading it online to Schwinn Connect or MyFitnessPal for better analysis.

Quiet and sturdy machine, with a medium footprint, perfect for apartment use.

Minuses

It’s heavy. Although it can be relocated by only one user after assembly, this still may be difficult. But on the other hand, its weight enhances its stability.

The screen readings may not be too intuitive for all users at the first glance. Therefore, it may takeschwinn 830 a bit until you fully grasp all the settings, options and values displayed.

Bottom Line

Although it’s not the most affordable treadmill, the Schwinn 830 is also far from being the most expensive. It’s actually an exercising machine with an excellent price/quality/capability ratio, with plenty of features and amenities to offer. It’s pretty sturdy, durable, and performs well in the long-run. It’s powerful enough to provide a professional training setting, thus if you want to lose weight, get your daily cardio, or even train at high speeds for longer training sessions, this treadmill has it covered.

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