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Although it’s not one of the newest treadmills available, and it does not have fancy features like online connectivity or compatibility with any online fitness apps, the SportsArt T615 treadmill still is a pretty decent one. It actually offers light-commercial quality and capacity featuring a sturdy deck and a console with multiple workout programs.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 77.3L x 38.1W x 54.9H inches (196L x 97W x 140H cm)
- Running surface: 58L x 20W inches (147L x 51W cm)
- Assembled weight: 233 lbs (106 kg)
- Supported weight: 400 lbs (181.8 kg)
- Deck cushioning: MyFlex Plus™
- Motor: 3.0 HP DC
- Speed range: 0.1 – 12 MPH
- Incline: Automatic, 0%-15%
- Console: 13 programs
- Extras: Tablet shelf, bottle holders
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Wear items 2 years / Labor 3 years
Frame and deck
The SportsArt Fitness T615 treadmill features a heavy-duty frame and deck construction. Its deck is actually rated for a weight capacity of 400 lbs (181 kg), which is quite impressive even for a light-commercial model. Its frame is made of thick steel tubing with two sturdy and curved sustaining bars for the console and side grips. The only major ABS parts in the machine’s construction are the motors cover, the side rail covers, and the console dashboard.
The fully assembled machine is pretty large. It is approx. 77.3″ (196 cm) long, and 38.1″ (97 cm) wide. Plus, it is recommended to leave at least 24″ (61 cm) of clearance on each side of it, and at least 36″ (91 cm) of clearance at the rear of the deck, for ease of access and safe usage. It’s also important to mention that the deck does not fold as it is the case for other treadmills. So, once it is assembled, it doesn’t offer great storage possibilities.
Needless to say, the T615 treadmill is very heavy. Fully set up, it weighs over 233 lbs (106 kg). Therefore, at least its transport requires two persons. But once it is assembled, it can be relocated by only one person as its front base integrates transport wheels. Also, its rear base features adjustable stabilizers so you can perfectly level it on any type of floor.
The unit’s running platform offers plenty of space. It is 58″ (147 cm) long, and 20″ (51 cm) wide. This being said, it should be able to accommodate users up to 6’4″ (193 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete range of motion even when running at full speed. The belt is made of carbon-weave which is a low-friction material, highly resistant to wear-and-tear, and to static build-up.
Like most other treadmills designed for running workouts, the SportsArt Fitness T615 features a cushioned deck. It is equipped with the MyFlex Plus™ cushioning system which consists of several shock absorption elements on each side of the deck, concealed by the side rail covers. This cushioning system is designed to absorb up to 30% of the shock generated by each foot strike which considerably reduces the stress on your joints and back during running.
Incline and step-up height
The SportsArt Fitness T615 treadmill is equipped with a motorized incline system. This means you can adjust the incline as you run. It also means that the machine can adjust the incline automatically, depending on the program in use.
The treadmill’s incline system consists of a motor and a small lift placed under the front section of the deck. As you adjust the incline, or as the console automatically adjusts the incline, the motor controls the lift, raising or lowering the front part of the deck.
The T615 offers an incline range between 0% and 15%. The incline increments are 0.5%. The console has dual-function keys for incline adjustment. A short press will adjust the incline by 0.5%, but you can also press and hold one of the incline keys for quick adjustment. The incline keys can also be used for adjusting program values.
Despite its 400 lbs (181 kg) weight capacity, the machine’s deck is pretty slim. It has a step-up height of only 6″ (15.24 cm). However, with the incline set to maximum, the front section of the deck rises by a few inches. Therefore, to avoid any ceiling issues, it is recommended to use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 15″ (38 cm) higher than the tallest user.
The SportsArt T615 treadmill is equipped with an industrial-grade, 3.0 HP DC motor which is designed to support prolonged workouts at high speeds without overheating or losing performance. It is also equipped with a perimeter-weighted flywheel for improved inertia, which adds stability to the motion of the belt.
The machine’s motor offers a speed range between 0.1 MPH and 12 MPH. Speed can also be set to metric units from the console (for a range of 0.2 – 20.0 km/h). The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH, so the transition from a level to another is done smoothly, giving you the possibility to easily adjust your pace. Just as for the incline, the speed adjustment keys have double function. One short press adjusts the speed by 0.1 MPH while pressing and holding one key, the speed will adjust faster. There are no quick selection buttons for speed on the console.
Needless to say, since it’s a motorized treadmill, it must be connected to an external power source. The power requirements are 110-120V 60-50Hz, 220-240V 50Hz-60Hz. A power cord is included and its connector, as well as an On-Off switch, are placed at the front of the deck.
The motor itself is not extremely noisy. But since this is a treadmill designed for running, depending on your running technique, running shoes, weight, and other factors, your cadence will generate more or less noise. Also, in case you’re wondering, it shouldn’t add more than a few dollars to your electricity bill, even if it is used for one hour each day.
The SportsArt T615 is equipped with a LED display console. It features three displays that show multiple readouts. To begin with, the top display is the Cardio Advisor and is divided into three sub-sections. From left to right, it shows Weight Loss Zone, Heart Rate, and Cardio Zone. The center display shows the program profiles. The bottom display is divided into four sub-sections and shows Calories, Calories / HR, Speed, METs, Time, Pace, Distance, and Incline.
Speed and distance can be set to either Imperial (MPH, miles) or Metric (km/h, kilometers) units from the console set up. While for the Heart Rate reading you will have to opt for a Polar 34 HR chest strap. This accessory is not included, and the machine does not have any integrated pulse sensors.
The console features 8 quick access keys for its workout programs but makes available a total of 13 programs. The program keys are Manual, Hill, Interval, Random, Glute, Zone Trainer, WT Loss, and Cardio.
The Manual program is pretty much the most basic one. It allows you to just run and adjust the speed and incline as you like during your training session. The Hill button covers three different Hill programs. The Random button will generate a random segment layout every time it is pressed. Glute covers two incline based programs, one with a duration of 30 minutes, the other with a duration of 45 minutes. Weight Loss is an HR control program that automatically adjusts speed and incline depending on your heart rate. It is preset for 65% HR. Cardio is also an HR-based program but preset for 80% HR. Interval covers three interval programs designed for 1:1, 1:2, and 2:2 rest/work ratios. And finally, the Zone Trainer is not exactly a program, but a function to make your current heart rate your target HR zone. You can initiate it during any program.
The console of the SportsArt Fitness T615 treadmill also has a user ID function. Therefore, if the machine will be used by multiple persons, each one can set up their own ID, and the unit will remember their workout data when the ID is selected at the beginning of the workout. Also, each user can input their weight and age for calories and target heart rate calculations.
As we’ve mentioned above, the console does not have Bluetooth or WiFi and is not compatible with any online fitness apps. It also does not have amenities like a sound system or cooling fan but does have a media shelf which you can use as support for your tablet or smartphone, and two large trays for water bottles or other small accessories.
Assembly and Maintenance
The deck of the SportsArt T615 treadmill comes pre-assembled, with the motors and all the other drive elements already installed. You only have to attach the two upright bars, the console, and several other small parts and covers. This shouldn’t take more than an hour. The manual provides very clear assembly instructions and all the necessary tools are included.
In terms of maintenance, the machine has an automatic lubrication system and is equipped with an internal bottle of lubricant for the belt. Therefore, you don’t have to lubricate the belt yourself, just refill the lubricant bottle when it is necessary (it should last for 25,000 miles). These being said, you only have to keep the machine clean, especially the belt, and periodically check for loose bolts and parts.
- Heavy-duty deck, superior weight capacity (400 lbs);
- Transport wheels and adjustable stabilizers;
- MyFlex Plus™ deck cushioning for up to 30% shock absorption;
- Automatic incline – 0% – 15%;
- Speed settings up to 12 MPH;
- Speed increments of 0.1 MPH so you can easily adapt your pace during adjustments;
- Multi-window LED display which tracks speed, incline, calories, cal/hour, distance, pace, time, METs;
- Cardio Advisor display for Weight Loss Zone, Pulse, and Cardio Zone;
- 8 workout modes (Manual, Hill, Interval, Random, Glute, Zone Trainer, WT Loss, Cardio) with a total of 13 workout programs;
- User ID function;
- Alpha numeric keys for quick data input;
- Tablet holder included;
- Large accessory trays;
- Automatic lubrication system;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- No sound system;
- No USB charging port for smartphone or tablet;
- No online connectivity;
- Polar HR chest strap is not included.
The SportsArt Fitness T615 is a treadmill designed for light-commercial and residential use. It is equipped with a 3.0 HP motor offering a 0.1 – 12 MPH speed range, an automatic incline system, and a heavy-duty deck with a user weight capacity of 400 lbs (181 kg). Its console offers 8 workout modes with a total of 13 workout programs and three LED-based displays that cover all the necessary workout data. It’s an excellent machine for prolonged running sessions, light to intense cardio training, intervals, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. And finally, although it’s not exactly an affordable machine, it does offer excellent value for the price and comes with a great warranty.