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Schwinn 810 Treadmill

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Schwinn 810

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L:69.1"
W:35.6"
H:56.7"
275 lbs2.6 CHP,
0-10 MPH
Automatic,
0%-10%
16 programs,
Bluetooth

The Schwinn 810 is one of the treadmills released by Schwinn Fitness in 2019. Although it has the same running surface as the older Schwinn 830 model, it offers fewer workout programs, fewer speed levels, and a slightly lighter weight capacity. But on the other hand, it has online connectivity and is compatible with various fitness apps.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 69.1L x 35.6W x 56.7H inches (175.5L x 90.3W x 144H cm)
  • Running surface: 55L x 20W inches (139.7L x 50.8W cm)
  • Assembled weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Supported weight: 275 lbs (124 kg)
  • Motor: 2.6 CHP, 0-10 MPH
  • Incline: Automatic, 0-10°
  • Deck cushioning: SoftTrak
  • Console: 16 programs, Bluetooth
  • Amenities: Sound system, cooling fan, USB port, 2x bottle holder, device holder
  • Warranty: Frame 10 years / Motor 10 years / Parts 1 year / Electronics 1 year / Labor 1 year

Frame and deck construction

The Schwinn 810 is a treadmill made for home use, but nonetheless, it features a heavy-duty steel frame with a durable deck rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 275 lbs (125 kg). All the steel parts in its construction are coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish. However, the machine also integrates several durable plastic parts. For example, the side rail covers, the motor cover, and the console dashboard are plastic-made.

Although it’s a smaller machine than most commercial models, it’s still fairly large. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 69.1″ (175.5 cm) long, and 35.6″ (90.3 cm) wide. Plus, you will have to allow at least two feet of clearance on each side of it, and at least three feet of clearance at the rear of the deck, for ease of access and safe usage.

The machine is also pretty heavy; its net weight is 155 lbs (70 kg), so the transport of the boxed unit requires two people. However, once the treadmill is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person as its front base frame features a set of wheels.

Similar to most other Schwinn treadmills, the 810 model features a folding frame. Its folding mechanism involves a hydraulic cylinder which enables the deck to unfold slowly, to prevent any damage to the treadmill or to the floor.

As we’ve mentioned above, the Schwinn 810 treadmill offers a running platform of the same size as the Schwinn 830. It is 55″ (~140 cm) long, and 20″ (~51 cm) wide. This being said, the machine should accommodate users up to 6’2″ – 6’3″ (187 – 190 cm) with no problem allowing a complete range of motion.

The machine’s deck is equipped with the SoftTrak cushioning system. This consists of a set of two large cushioning elements visible on each side of the deck. However, the deck also integrates several smaller cushions which are concealed by the side rail covers. Plus, the deck offers a bit of flex, so the running or walking impact is considerably reduced, as opposed to running or walking on concrete or asphalt.

Incline and step-up height

The Schwinn 810 treadmill is equipped with a motorized incline system. In other words, the incline can only be adjusted from the console while the machine is connected to a power source. Also, the incline is automatic; the machine can auto-adjust the incline of the deck depending on the selected workout program.

The machine’s incline system consists of a motor (different from the motor that powers the belt) and a small lift situated under the front section of the deck. As you adjust the incline from the controls on the console, or as the console automatically adjusts the incline, the lift will slowly elevate the front of the deck.

The treadmill offers an incline range between 0% and 10%. The console offers controls for gradual incline adjustment, but there also are quick selection incline controls for 0%, 2%, 4%, 6%, and 10%.

The step-up height of the deck with the incline set to 0% is approx. 9″ (22.8 cm). Conversely, with the incline set to the maximum level (10%), the front of the deck rises by approx. 16″ (40.6 cm) above the floor. Therefore, it is recommended to use this Schwinn treadmill in a room with a ceiling that is at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than the height of the taller users.

Drive motor

The Schwinn 810 treadmill is equipped with a 2.6 CHP motor designed to withstand prolonged workouts even at maximum speeds without overheating or losing performance. It also integrates a small flywheel for motion stability.

The unit’s drive motor offers a speed range of 0 – 10 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH, so you can easily adjust your pace. Of course, since it’s a motorized treadmill, the console can automatically adjust the speed of the belt depending on the selected workout program.

Just as for the incline, the console offers controls for gradual speed adjustment and quick speed adjustment. The gradual speed ajustment buttons have a double function. You can press them shortly to increase the speed by 0.1 MPH, or you can press and hold to gradually increase the speed. The pre-set speed controls allow you to quickly select 2 MPH, 4 MPH, 6 MPH, 8 MPH, or 10 MPH.

Since the machine is motorized, it requires an external power source. It comes with a US standard 3-prong plug and 6 feet of cable. Although it has a pretty decent motor, it is not extremely powerful so it won’t add too much to your monthly electricity bill. It is also fairly quiet, but just as for other treadmills, depending on your running speed and/or running technique, your cadence may generate more or less noise.

Console

This Schwinn treadmill comes with a pretty complete console for a home-use machine. To begin with, it features a large LCD display with LED backlight, divided into multiple sub-sections in order to show as many workout metrics as possible. It tracks time, distance, speed, average speed, pace, calories, and pulse. It also shows the grid of each program with segments for both speed and incline.

Speed and distance can be set either to English (MPH, miles) units, or metric (kmh, kilometers) units. The console is telemetric, so it can track your pulse from a wireless HR chest strap transmitter that operates in the 4.5 kHz – 5.5 kHz range. The wireless pulse tracking system does not use the Bluetooth connectivity. Also, an HR chest strap is not included, but even without this accessory, the console can still track your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the front grips.

The console has 16 built-in programs. They are divided into 6 categories, each category having its own quick selection key on the console. These are Manual, Goals, Weight Loss, Intervals, Heart Rate, and Custom.

The Manual program category only includes the Manual mode. This program allows you to adjust the incline and speed manually as your run. The Goals category includes 6 programs. You can basically set a workout goal for time, calories, distance, 1 mile, 5 miles, and 10 miles. The Weight Loss category includes three programs. These are Fat Burn, Speed Burn, and Incline burn. Evidently, they’re tailored to help you lose weight.

The Intervals category has three programs. These are Interval-Incline, Interval-Speed, Interval-Speed/Incline. Each program has a pre-set interval-based layout which can be adjusted. The Heart Rate programs are two in number, for a pre-set BPM value of 65% and 75%. And finally, there is the Custom Program which gives you the possibility to create your own workout program with the desired speed and incline variations.

The console also has Bluetooth connectivity and you can transfer your workout data to various online fitness apps. You can also sync it with RunSocial in order to run on a virtual trail presented on your tablet, smartphone, or smart TV.

Three other notable console features that we can mention here are the workout fan, the sound system, and the USB port. The workout fan is placed at the bottom of the console dashboard. Although it is not too large, it still provides a pretty decent cooling during a more intense workout. The sound system consists of two speakers placed at the top of the unit. You can connect your smartphone or tablet via cable to the console and play your music through the integrated speakers. The Bluetooth connectivity does not work for this purpose, though. And finally, the USB port is only for device charging, not for workout data transfer.

Assembly and Maintenance

Naturally, the running platform of the treadmill comes pre-assembled, with the incline lift, the motors, and other drive elements already attached to the base frame. You only have to attach the two upright bars and the console. This shouldn’t take more than an hour. All the necessary assembly instructions are provided by the manual along with clear images. A basic toolkit is also included.

In terms of maintenance, the machine’s belt requires periodic lubrication. Although it comes pre-lubricated, it should be re-lubricated every three months or after every 25 hours of use (whichever comes first). Other than this, the belt should be kept clean to prevent any debris to be caught into the rollers or the motor. And finally, you should periodically inspect the machine for loose bolts, broken parts, etc. and make sure it still functions properly.

The Pros

  • Heavy-duty construction – can support users up to 275 lbs;
  • Folding frame, space-saving design;
  • Transport wheels on the machine’s base frame;
  • SoftTrak cushioning system for the deck;
  • Motorized incline, 0% – 10%;
  • 2.6 CHP motor, offering speed levels up to 10 MPH;
  • Speed can be adjusted increments of 0.1 MPH, allowing you to find the perfect pace for your workout;
  • Quick keys for speed and incline;
  • EGK pulse sensors integrated into the front handlebars;
  • 6 workout modes with a total of 16 workout programs;
  • Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with various fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal, RunSocial etc;
  • Various amenities such as cooling fan, speakers, tablet holder, and accessory trays;
  • USB charging port;
  • Tools for assembly and belt adjustment are included;
  • Quiet operation;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Excellent warranty.

The Cons

  • An HR chest strap is not included;
  • The USB port doesn’t allow workout data transfer only device charging.

Summary

The Schwinn 810 is a heavy-duty treadmill made for home use. It is equipped with a 2.6 CHP motor, an automatic incline system, and a console with 16 programs, Bluetooth, and multiple other features. It’s a great machine for light to intense cardio training, interval training, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. It’s not exactly one of the most affordable home-use treadmills but definitely offers excellent value for the price.

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