As with all Landice Treadmills, the Landice L7 Cardio Trainer Treadmill offers the latest in treadmill technology while also being crafted to the highest standard. The series is also characterized by its sleek and attractive design, which means the treadmills look great in the home gym ñ even if the home gym is located in your living room or bedroom. Although the Landice L7 Cardio Trainer Treadmill looks great, it still includes a four horsepower continuous-duty drive motor that provides great power without fear of overheating.
Landice has been in the treadmill manufacturing business for almost 40 years. During this time, the company has built an exceptional reputation within the industry. In addition, Landice only manufactures treadmills, which means their research and focus is only on providing the best treadmills possible. The heard work and research has paid off for Landice, as it has been rated #1 seven years in a row by consumer rating industries.
All of the treadmills in the Landice L7 series offer benefits such as:
In addition to the features that come standard with all L7 treadmills, the Landice L7 Cardio Trainer includes the following benefits:
All of the treadmills in the L7 home series come complete with a lifetime warranty on treadmill parts as well as a one year warranty on labor.
The Landice frame is made of aircraft quality 6063-T6 aluminum and secured with aircraft locking hardware. Costing three times more than steel, aluminum gives our frame the strength to support a user weighing up to 500 lbs.
• Aluminum is an inert material — It does not rust.
When you run on a treadmill, you sweat. Sweat is salt water, which is highly corrosive and causes steel to rust. Steel treadmill frames, like automobiles, are painted to delay the rusting process but eventually, like automobiles, steel frames can rust from the inside out over the life of the treadmill.
• Aluminum is three times stronger than steel per unit weight
The Landice treadmills use aluminum frame construction and weigh over 275 lbs. It is this strength that allows us to offer up to a 500-lb. user weight capacity and a lifetime frame warranty. When money is not an option, auto manufacturers turn to aluminum over steel for car frames and engine blocks, therefore maximizing power and strength while simultaneously reducing weight.
• Aircraft locking hardware is more reliable than welding
Both aircraft and Landice treadmills are assembled with locking hardware. Locking hardware provides a reliably repeatable system of securing the frame. The problem with a weld is that without x-ray equipment it is impossible to tell if a weld is solid. Poor welds may look solid but can lead to squeaking and eventually structural failure. Just as airplane wings do not fall off airplanes, Landice frames retain their structural integrity after years of heavy health club usage.
When human lives are at stake in applications such as bridges and airplanes, designers choose to bolt rather than weld for consistent reliability. Landice uses a 4 HP continuous duty drive motor. Made in the USA, this motor can continuously deliver 4 HP in our treadmill without overheating.
• Importance of horsepower rating
A 2.0 HP motor will run twice as hot as a 4 HP motor delivering the same load. The hotter a motor runs, the faster it will burn out. A good analogy involves a pickup truck and a dump truck. You can load both with the same number of bricks and drive them across the country back and forth for a year. The dump truck, however, will obviously last much longer.
• Importance of the continuous duty rating
Beware of motors that depart from the continuous duty rating. The Landice motor is rated for 5 peak horsepower, which means it can deliver 5 HP for 15 minutes before it begins to overheat. If you overheat your motor you will shorten its life span.
• Look at the drive motor’s physical size and construction quality
Be sure to look at a motor’s physical size before buying a treadmill. Compare its size to that of a Landice for a good indication of its true continuous duty rating. Be sure to check out the quality of the motor. Does the motor have an integrated fan for additional cooling in its design or was it an after thought. What materials were used in the construction of the motor…metal, plastic or even paper?
Look at our competitors who sell both home and club treadmills. All offer larger diameter rollers in their more expensive institutional treadmills. When it comes to their home models, they often sacrifice the quality of their treadmill by using less expensive, smaller diameter rollers.
• Larger rollers provide for less friction and longer life
The larger the roller diameter, the less tension required on the treadbelt since the roller has more surface area to grab the belt. Decreased tension means decreased friction and longer life on belts and bearings.
• Larger rollers allow us to use a large industrial bearing
Landice treadmills use a 2.05″ industrial bearing. Even some of our competitors’ larger institutional rollers use a less durable 1″ bearing with a spacer to fill the rest of the tube. Landice roller bearings are completely sealed using polyurethane gaskets
• Landice uses the thickest steel tubing in the industry
Compare the 5/16″ wall thickness of our rollers to our competitors’. You notice that ours are considerably thicker. The strength of these walls prevents the bearings from “cocking.” Knocking, noisy bearings are often caused by a “cocked” bearing. To further prevent “cocking,” Landice mills a seat in the roller for the bearing to sit on. Many competitors simply rely on the friction of the tube to hold the bearing in place.
• Landice rollers weigh 14 pounds (L7 Series) and 22 pounds (L8 Series)
If you pick up a Landice roller, you will notice it weighs significantly more than our competitors’. In fact, it weighs more than many of our competitors’ flywheels. Our rollers actually act as two extra flywheels in the treadmill, further contributing to smooth operation and longer treadmill life.
• Landice rollers are crowned
Larger diameter rollers naturally track better than smaller ones. Landice further enhances belt tracking by machining a crown on its front and rear rollers.
• Inertia: The measure of a well-designed flywheel
Put simply, inertia is the measure of how effectively a flywheel keeps the treadmill from slowing down when a runner’s foot strikes the treadbelt. A properly-designed flywheel will not only provide for a smooth, consistent feel but will also protect the motor and electronics from the stress and pounding associated with treadmill use.
• Maximize inertia: Put the weight in the outside of the flywheel
Landice uses an expensive casting process to construct our flywheel. We pour liquid steel in a hollow mold, which allows the flywheel to have 3/4 of its 14 pounds in its outside edge. Many of our competitors use a less expensive method of cutting the flywheel out of tube of solid steel. Our cast flywheel acts with the inertia of a 42-pound solid flywheel but with the benefit of placing only 14 pounds of pressure on the motor shaft and bearings of the motor.
• Maximize inertia: Spin the flywheel faster
Landice spins our motor at 3200 rpm, 1/3 faster than the industry standard 2400 rpm. This increases the inertia effect of the flywheel 1.77 times, allowing the motor and electronics to run smoother and cooler, which helps them last longer.
• Beware of heavy flywheels
A heavy solid mass flywheel is one way of achieving high inertia. One of our competitors once tried a 30 lb. solid mass flywheel. The result was a disaster due to excessive over– loading of the motor bearings.
Put three heavy people on a Landice treadmill and try the electric elevation. You will notice that the treadmill is as quiet as it would be with no one on the treadmill. Perform the same test with our competitors’ models and you will definitely hear the strain in their elevation motors. Some even stop elevating.
• Our elevation motor delivers 1000 pounds of thrust
Landice’s treadmill elevation motor delivers 1000 pounds of thrust across the entire range of the treadmill’s 15 % elevation. The 1000-pound rating allows up to a 500-pound user to run on the treadmill at top speed and still elevate smoothly during all phases of operation.
• But I don’t weigh 500 pounds
Consider the dump truck and the pickup truck. You can load both with the same number of bricks and drive them around town for the day. The dump truck will obviously last much longer. The same is true for elevation motors. The higher the thrust rating, the longer it will last, no matter what the load
Landice 4-ply treadbelts are twice as strong as our competitors’
Lift up the edge of a Landice treadbelt and count the number of layers. You will easily see the 4 layers which make up the treadbelt. Compare us to our competitors. You will notice that most use a 2-ply treadbelt. Although costing significantly more, this 4-ply belt provides twice the strength of a 2-ply belt.
• Why do I need a strong treadbelt?
As a treadbelt stretches, it begins to slip. In order to compensate for this slippage, every treadmill has two take-up or tensioning screws on the rear roller, which are used to re-tighten the treadbelt. The problem with weaker 2-ply belts is that eventually (usually outside the warranty period) the belt has stretched to the point where the rear roller hits the back of the treadmill and can no longer be tightened. The over-stretched treadbelt must then be replaced. Even under the heaviest institutional usage, Landice 4-ply belts do not over-stretch..
• Landice treadbelts keep friction under control
Friction between the deck and belt is the number one enemy of a treadmill. Increased friction causes the motor to draw high amperage and generate excessive heat, which in turn reduces motor and electronic life. A myriad of costs and options are available to treadmill manufactures when it comes to selecting the material for the underside of their treadbelt. A cheap belt material may be suitable for the conveyor at the checkout counter at your local supermarket, but in a treadmill it can fail within hours.
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“One of the best values you will find on a high quality machine…Unless you can get a great deal on another treadmill in this price range, Landice is the way to go.”
“An incredibly solid treadmill. Some cheaper treadmills may be better for some people but if you’re serious, this is a serious machine.”
“It is a thing that is beautiful in motion and you cannot beat the Baldor motor.”
“It’s hard to pass up the lifetime warranty and if you are a runner, you will love this treadmill.”
“With the upgrade to the appearance for this year’s model, this one becomes hard to beat for those who are serious about their training.”
Best Buy Treadmill From $4000 and Over
For 30+ years, Landice has been the cream of the crop for high end treadmills and this year is no different. The Landice L7 Cardio trainer treadmill is the perfect combination of performance, design and cost.
The Landice Cardio Trainer series is the best treadmill in a brand of excellent treadmills and gets 5 gold buddahs out of 5 from the Sensei.
Running in Place: Top treadmills to keep you going year-round
Landice L8 Cardio Trainer
Simply put: The L8 can take a pounding. While many of the other units in this review are made from steel, the L8 is constructed from super-strong, aircraft-quality aluminum–delivering durability that’s ideal for runners who push their equipment to the limit.
Rarely are Best Buy selections chosen from the higher price points because value is a key consideration in any buy being the best. The Landice Road Runner L8 is an exception of sorts to this rule, because this treadmill is so unique in its design.
Quality and durability are certainly inherent in this top-of-the-line treadmill, but the automobile design is the thing. The design stays true to the illusion in every detail. You start the treadmill’s operation with an ignition key. You increase speed with a red-knobbed gear shift, and there’s an identical gear shift to control the level of incline. Add to this a built-in six-disc CD player and it’s “zoom, zoom, zoom.” Other automobile-like features of the console are round analog speedometers and a track display to diagram the distance run on the oval track–and all this inside a realistic replica of a late model car radio faceplate. Non-concept features are a brushed aluminum frame, 3-hp continuous-duty engine, and Landice’s trademark VFX shock absorption system. It may seem a bit pricey, but to see it is to believe it. The Landice Road Runner L8 is a special Best Buy.
“Top of the Line”
Landice prides themselves on manufacturing treadmills, and their focus pays off in units like the L7. The four-ply belt and VFX shock-absorption system work wonders, but the real magic is in the control panel. It features the latest applications of computer graphics down to animation of a runner in a little screen in the center of the console. There are six user-designed programs that can be altered to your own specifications, along with seven built-in programs for the unimaginative. The computer even allows for six different training calendars so everyone in the family can follow their own plan. A magnetic foot-plant monitoring system is constantly correcting belt speed to eliminate belt surge. The L7 features a rust-proof aluminum frame. The Landice L7 Executive Trainer is surely top of the line.
Runners World Magazine published the results of their customer satisfaction survey of over 2000 readers who owned or used a treadmill at health clubs or corporate fitness gyms. The readers were asked to rate the treadmills on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest rating. The following is a list of the top results:
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MEN’S JOURNAL: “Gear of the Year”
“Looking to the automotive world for inspiration, Landice created a treadmill with the brushed aluminum finish of an Audi TT, the round, red-and-white analog gauges of a ’55 T-bird, and the audio console of a Lexus SC 430. Under the hood it’s powered by a 3 hp engine that exceeds health club standards and pushes its top speed to 12 mph ñ a very respectable pace.”
Special Features: “Computer-animated LCD video screen shows a large menu of data including running situations (road, track, vertical climbs), Heart rate zone timer, program setups and a training calendar; memory stores information for up to 6 different users; programs have built-in warm-up and cool-down; reversible deck.”
Bottom Line: “An exceptionally solid, stable machine with a unique multi-feature display.”
Also named fastest treadmill in seconds – from 0 to 10 mph in 16 seconds.
If you want the best – and can afford it – the L7 is the bad boy. With sold design, VFX shock-absorption system to soften impact, a rustproof aluminum frame and a four-ply belt, it’s designed to handle the pounding of a lineman.
But the L7 has a sensitive side, too: A magnetic foot-plant monitoring system that corrects belt speed 30,000 times per second to eliminate belt surge. Electronics include six built-in and five user-defined programs, along with a sophisticated, yet easy to use, display with interactive graphics such as lifelike computer animation and a training calendar for up to six users. Also included is a fully automatic heart rate control program and wireless heart rate.
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Eye On Fitness: ACE Internet Poll
Links Home Treads to Awards
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the winners of their first-ever “Excellence in Customer Satisfaction” awards. Awards were bestowed following an online random sample polling of 20,000 home treadmill owners nation wide.
Landice Treadmills was awarded the Excellence in Customer Satisfaction in the “more than $2000 category.”