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Exercise Machines - How To Distinguish Pucka Exercise Machines

Posted Apr 01 2009 2:07pm

The worst thing you want in your exercise equipments is regular problems, irrespective whether they are yet dealt by warrantees or not. Breakdowns, prevalent or irregular, increase the redundance of your equipments besides causing upsets to your workouts’ routines, and not to mention the cost of repairing (don’t forget that many a parts of your equipment are not covered under “Original Equipment Manufacturer Warranty”).

How to check the quality exercise equipments
When you don’t know, the first step to take in your quest to ascertain the quality of exercise equipments is to compare similar machines from different brands checking different points. Better it is if you can do this across a couple of dealers.

However, for your information, reputed producers produce, test and control quality of their products by adhering to quality management standard for sports and medical devices (ISO 13485), a standard set by ISO. This ISO standard requires the manufacturers to follow and document their adherence for future review.

Although there are no ways you can duplicate the same tests at a dealership, there are quite a few things you can check (apart from the ISO stamp) that indicate quality.
1. ISO necessitates that outsourced parts and sub-assemblies must be from ISO certified sources. The usually outsourced parts are electronic gadgets/consoles, motors and other electrical circuitry, rubber bushes etc. Although you can’t open a part to see whether they meet this prerequisite, it is notwithstanding safer to go by the reputation of their respective makers. The obvious reason behind this is renowned manufacturers don’t risk their reputation for anything.
2. Good brands, disregardless of their ISO statuses, foregather customer feedback engaging different ways; involving you to fill a feedback form is one of them. If you are asked to fill one form, don’t be hesitant to do it. This, other than being a way of giving feedback, is also your opportunity to officially lodge your views. The deeper and greater the feedback form is it is good and easy for you to develop your confidence.
3. You can read and check a few testimonials. While at it, make it a point to talk to those who had left negative feedbacks also. I must add a point here, while not all negative testimonials are about problems with the machines, they can be after-sales service grouses also. This tells you whether to buy from the same store or move on.
4. All equipments are designed and produced for millions of relentless repetitive operations and this is sample tested in their labs. To gain a fair idea of this, you can focus your attention on critical links, joints and all moving parts that work repetitively. Ask as to why they are like what they are.
5. Discuss the common maintenance with the salesman and check whether lubing points are accessible despite being sufficiently covered to prevent spillage. Another last thing you would want in exercise machines is oil spillage.

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