Cheap Treadmills for Sale: Go with a Manual Treadmill vs. a Motorized Treadmill to Save Bucks

Treadmills come in two basic varieties, manual and motorized. If you need a treadmill, but don’t have a lot of bucks to shell out for the machine, think manual because you will pay a lot of money for that motorized version. Another way to go is to hope over to Ebay and try to find a used motorized treadmill in your area. Why in your area? Because most of these machines weigh a lot and would be an absolute bear to ship in postage.
While you can do local searches for treadmills such as “walmart manual treadmill” or “dicks manual treadmill,” you might want to start off with “Amazon manual treadmill” for a huge selection of products. In a recent search for “amazon manual treadmill,” we came up with about 15 results that included some other items besides actual treadmills. Once on the page we went to sort by price, lowest price first. The units there went from around $99 up to over $800 for a manual treadmill. There was the Health Gear Easy Walk Manual Treadmill, the Fitness Reality TR1000 Manual Treadmill, theStamina InMotion Manual Treadmill, the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T1407M Manual Walking Treadmill, Gray, and on up to the $800 and change manual treadmill, the ASUNA Hi-Performance Cardio Trainer Manual Treadmill.

Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill

After going over the stats on the products and the reviews and keeping our budget firmly in mind, we went with the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill. Our review of this product is that is works and works well and it only cost $100 and change. Do we love it? Hell no! It is really lightweight, probably about 45 to 50 pounds. It feels cheap compared to some of the super brands we’ve tried, treadmills starting at $1,400 an up. Manual treadmills are more difficult to operate than the speedy motorized versions on the market, but you can adjust to them. The thing about a manual treadmill is that you put in all of the muscle power to make it go. This unit in on a permanent incline, which makes it easier to operated, but it is a permanent incline. It has few options, one of which is a small computer that will tell you the time, speed, distance and calories burned. It is not ideal by any means and I am sure I would have been a lot happier with the beautiful $1,400 motorized unit. But overall, as I am treadmilling away on my $100 treadmill, I am burning the calories I want and I am very satisfied with my bank account, which shows an additional $1,300 earning interest over my counterpart down the street with the expensive unit.

Assembling the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill

In addition to being inexpensive and quite functional, the unit was easy to put together. It probably took me about half an hour to put it together. If I were more handy with tools, it probably would have taken me 15 minutes. The remainder of this review goes over the ins and outs of assembling this unit. If you will quite reading here, I want to say to you that this unit functions well and it is inexpensive. If you need a budget treadmill and want one that will do the job, this is it.
The first notable thing about the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill is that after the UPS guy dropped off the package at the front door, I was able to pick it up and carry it up a flight of stairs to my home office where I intend to use it, which was a relief. A week or so prior to that, I had typed in “treadmills Walmart” and “Walmart treadmills.” I found a well reviewed treadmill at Walmart for under $200, which was my budget for this device. But when I went to purchase it at the store, it was monstrously heavy. I probably could have gotten help to get this package to my car, but I would have had to take the package apart in the back of my car and transport each piece up to my office one at a time. But the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual was easy to lift.
I took the photo above of all of the pieces that came in the package, which I hope is everything.
Assemble starts off with attaching hand posts to the bottom frame piece, which then attaches to the treadmill section. The instruction booklet said to use four bolts with nuts and curved washers. So far, installation is idiot proof because these nuts and bolts and curved washer are all attached to one another. (Of the eight bolts that came with the assembly, I am using four, so I am well on my way!)
IDIOT ALERT! Although I have been instructed to assemble the right and left hand posts to the bottom frame, the right and left hand posts are not actually marketed “right” and “left,” so I am momentarily confused. I now notice in the drawing in the installation manual that the right hand post has a hole in the handrail near the top and near the bottom. So I have solved which is which fairly quickly! Note the hole at the base of the right hand hand rail near by.
Now I need to attach the hand posts and base to the main frame of the treadmill, which is in fact the treadmill section. There are only two bolts left with two washers that need to be put in place. The only problem with this is that when I slide the assembled handposts section over to the main frame, the holes are not aligned. You need to pick up the mainframe section a few inches off of the floor and hold it in place moving it ever so slightly while you align the holes in the mainframe with the handposts. If you are to weak to hold the main section in place, get a bunch of magazines and place them under the mainframe, raising it slightly with every magazine you put in place until you have the mainframe sitting on a bunch of magazines that allows the mainframe and the handposts to be aligned. Then using the Allen wrench that comes with the assembly, tighten down the two bolts. This was fairly easy to do.
Next, I need to connect the handrail with a wire coming out of it to the handposts. The handrail slides into place and there are two Philips head bolts that secure these two sections. The Phillips head wrench used to secure the handposts to the main section of the treadmill has a Phillips head screwdriver on the other end of the tool to use to connected the handrail and handposts. It was easy to do, even for me.
Now there is a little computer for the top that needs to be connected to the computer bracket. I inserted the AA battery into its back. Fortunately, the computer bracket is part of the handrail, so it is a simple matter of sliding the little computer back slot into the bracket. It was easy. In looking at what is left to install, I see a screw nob. The screw nob is attached on the right side of the treadmill. There is only one hole on the bottom right side of the handpost section. The screw knob goes through the handpost and into the main treadmill section. I tightened it down ever so slightly because I am not sure what it will be used for.
Now there is a wire coming out of the little computer. There is also one coming out of the handrail nearby. I connected them. Push them together until you hear a click. There is a second wire coming out of the handrail near the handpost. I connect them and push them together until I hear a click. Finally, there is a wire coming out of the bottom of the handrail near another wire coming out of the treadmill, so I connect them as well with a click.
Now the treadmill is fully assembled. All parts were included and all parts are in place and tightened down.

The assembly directions for the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual treadmill call for lubricant to be added to the underside of the treadbelt and treadboard. The directions say that either a silicone lubricant or WD-40 lubricant can be used. I don’t have silicone lubricant handy, but I have plenty of WD-40, so I will use that. The directions call for testing the surface of the treadboard and treadbelt by touching it. If the area is wet, no additional lubricant may be currently needed. If it is dry, all the lubricant. Mine is new and dry, so I will spray on WE-40. I sprayed the length of both sides with the WD-40. This will be a test, if I put on too much, I will probably have some on the floor. If too little, then the directions said that the treadbelt and treadboard might stick. In which case, add more lubricant.
The belt needs to be adjusted to match your walking and your strength. There is a smaller Allen wrench that comes with the treadmill. There are Allen sockets at the back end of the treadmill that you use to adjust the unit. If the belt pulls to the right, rotate the right socket counterclockwise one or two revolutions. If it does it on the left, do the same with the left socket. If the belt is too tight, turn both sockets counterclockwise one or two revolutions. If the belt needs to be tightened up, turn it clockwise one or two revolutions. I have to tighten my belt up a lot. I turned it one revolution on both sides at a time and wound up turning six clockwise revolutions on either side to get it nice and tight.

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