Quick Q and A: What do I need to know about treadmill motors?

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Quick Q and A: What do I need to know about treadmill motors?

By J. Maki


What do I need to know about treadmill motors?


When preparing to invest in a treadmill, it is good to understand the quality of motor your desired model has. Typically, quality treadmills are powered by continuous duty motors, but there are a few that utilize peak duty or treadmill duty motors. When selecting a treadmill, you always want to ensure its motor is continuous duty, not peak or treadmill. 

What is a continuous duty motor?

Basically, the definition of this type of motor is in its name. A continuous duty motor has the ability to operate with a sustained or variable load for an unspecified amount of time. Since on a treadmill, the user is typically walking or running for an extended period of time, a continuous duty motor is best suited for this type of operation. An excellent continuous duty motor can perform for a long time without the motor overheating and overshooting its temperature limit.

What’s the difference?

So how is this different from a peak or treadmill duty motor?

A peak duty motor is measured by the maximum power it can produce when it is working as hard as it possibly can. Since this type of output is unsustainable, it is easy to see why a peak duty motor is not best suited for a treadmill. 

A treadmill duty motor considers the power output needed to meet the needs of an average user at an average speed over an average amount of time. However, this does not account for variability of multiple users or different types of workouts a single user would engage.

If you are exploring a treadmill with either a peak or treadmill duty motor, stop now and find one with a continuous duty motor.

AC/DC: More than just hard rock pioneers

Ok, I understand the difference between continuous, peak, and treadmill, but what’s this whole AC/DC thing?

I’ll keep this simple. AC stands for alternating current, while DC is direct current. What you should know here is that an AC motor will require more power, making it less efficient, and may be noisier in comparison to its DC counterpart. A DC motor on the other hand is more efficient and potentially quieter than an AC motor.

What does it all mean?

The takeaway? When searching for your treadmill soulmate, make sure it has a continuous duty, DC motor. 

Now get your motor running and make the life-changing investment in a treadmill!

Have a treadmill question? Need help finding the right treadmill for you? Email me at jmaki@thetrustedtreadmill.com

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