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Treadmill users...should I suck it up and buy a 3hp or go with 2.25hp?


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Here's what Costo's website says:

 

2.0 to 2.5 CHP: Recommended for 3 to 5 hours per week of jogging and/or running use

 

3 CHP or more: Recommended for 5 or more hours per week of jogging and/or running use

 

Note: Users weighing more than 90.7 kg (200 lb.) may want to consider upgrading to the next higher CHP level depending on their needs

 

The thing is, I fall in the range of both! I run about 3 hours a week now, but need to up it but we're also getting it for the dog to use, and he'll be using it probably 7 hours a week (so at 60lbs, he's not doing a lot of wear and tear, but it's an hour a day). Then if I can get dh to use it (not likely), he's over 200lbs, so they suggest the 3hp one.

 

What is your experience? Does it matter????

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I don't think it really matters that much, but that's coming from someone who bought a treadmill off Craigslist for $100. :tongue_smilie: Over the past 3 years, I've put hundreds of miles on it and I have no idea what size hp the motor is...but I usually don't run more than 5hrs a week on it (unless training for 1/2 marathon- in which case there were 2 hr long runs).

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I don't think it really matters that much, but that's coming from someone who bought a treadmill off Craigslist for $100. :tongue_smilie: Over the past 3 years, I've put hundreds of miles on it and I have no idea what size hp the motor is...but I usually don't run more than 5hrs a week on it (unless training for 1/2 marathon- in which case there were 2 hr long runs).

 

What brand did you choose?

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I'd say suck it up and upgrade. The kicker for me is how long they take to assemble. It would just be a complete pain in the butt to put one up, then find out you'd prefer the stronger motor, take it apart, bring it back, get the other... you get the picture. I figure if you do it right the first time...

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