The Treadmill Motor
The treadmill motor is one of the most important components of your treadmill yet most of us know very little about them.
When you are comparing treadmill brands and models you may notice that one has a 2.0 HP motor, one may have a 2.0 CHP motor and one may state that it has 3.5 HP motor. But really what does it all mean.
When trying to understand a bit more about your treadmill motor first you must understand what the motor does and moves on the treadmill. Sure we all know that it moves the treadbelt, but if you have a treadmill that automatically inclines or declines, your motor must also work those functions.
While some treadmills may have a separate motor for the incline and decline most don’t, so while your treadmill is moving up and down, it also is moving the treadbelt at the same time.
Treadmill motors are rated by HP ( horse power) just like a car engine or lawn mover, the higher the horsepower the more powerful the motor. So a treadmill motor that is rated 2.0 is more powerful than one that is rated 1.0 – correct?
Well yes and no. In general the answer is yes. However, the power of the motor also has to do with the efficiency of the treadmill design. You may find that a brand name treadmill model has just as much power in their 1.0 treadmill motor as an off-the-wall brand that doesn’t have a good treadmill design so that the motor is less efficient and does not more the belt and incline as easily as the motor that appears to be less power full but more efficient.
Differences between a HP and CHP treadmill motor
Next to the motor size you may see HP or CHP – do you know the difference?
HP stands for the standard horse power that most of us are used to seeing. CHP on the other hand stands for continuous horse power.
A CHP or continuous horse power treadmill motor means that the motor can sustain the highest level of power continiously while a standard horse powered motor may reach the high power it is not mean to push the motor at full power for any long length of time.
Normally a CHP motor at let say 2.5 CHP, will give you more power for a longer duration of your workout than a 2.5 HP motor.
If you are planning on just walking on your treadmill and not sprinting or increasing or decreasing your incline then a standard 1.0 HP motor would be just as good for you as a 1.0 CHP. However if you plan to run, jog or have your incline consistently change then you should opt for a CHP motor or move up to a more powerful motor.
For example: Instead of choosing a treadmill with a 1.0 HP you can either choose a 1.0 CHP or a 1.5 HP motor. Both will give you more power and more power equals a smoother treadmill workout you you.
Some treadmill models now have a commercial grade CHP motor, which is usually better insulated and spin tested giving you even a smoother and more steady workout than a CHP treadmill motor.
So what if you are comparing three different treadmill models or brands and they all appear to have slightly different treadmill motor sizes would it make a huge difference in your workout? Small differences like a .5 difference really wouldn’t make much of a difference is you are looking at name brand treadmills, since name brand treadmills are efficient and their motors are rated quite fairly, but if it is a treadmill brand that you have never heard of or has receive less than glowing reviews then the .5 might just make a big enough difference to be noticeable.
Treadmill Motor Warranties
When you are comparing treadmills and treadmill motors be sure to take a good look at the treadmill motor warranty.
Some warranties are good for 90 days, some 1 year and some have lifetime warranties.
Since the treadmill motor is basically the lifeblood of your treadmill look for the longest warranty possible.
Many of the brand name treadmill companies have a lifetime warranty on the motor and should be an added plus when comparing.
Just the peace of mind knowing that the treadmill company backs its motor will tell you a lot about how the company feels about its reputation and how they want to the consumer to be satisfied.
If they didn’t spend time producing a treadmill motor that performed as expected they wouldn’t be able to offer such a good warranty.
Some people will often check out the motor warranty on a treadmill before they even look closer at the features, and that does make good sense. You have have a treadmill will all the latest bells and whistles but if it gives out after 90 days and you don’t have a warranty to cover it, it may take you months before you can replace it. However, if you have along term or lifetime warranty life is so much easier.
So remember that in addition to looking at the size and type of a your treadmill motor you should also take a look at its warranty.