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Client: Precor

Assembling a Precor Treadmill is a big job for a home user. This instructional video walks you through the process.


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Video Transcript:

Hello. I’m David Lorente, Senior Technical Trainer at Precor. And I’m here today to show you how to assemble a Precor 9.3 Series Treadmill. We know that when you purchase a treadmill, you have to decide whether to use professional assembly or whether to assemble it yourself. And Precor always recommends professional assembly. It’s easy, and you know that when you purchase your treadmill from a Precor-authorized dealer they can provide this service for you, giving you the assurance that the treadmill has been assembled correctly and has been fully tested. But we also know that there are those do-it-yourselfers out there, so we wanted to show you how to assemble a treadmill and what’s involved.

You can expect the assembly to take between one and one and a half hours to complete. This video covers the Precor 9.3 Series Treadmill.

The 9.3 Series Treadmill include the patented ground effects impact control shock absorption, also called GFX, which cushions your joints and helps prevent injury. The thing to know about the GFX is that it is used in our commercial treadmills throughout the world.

Boxed 9.3 treadmills weigh about 360 pounds and come on a wooden pallet. It’s a long and heavy box to move and we recommend that, if you are going to move the box, that you have at least two people to help you do it. We suggest that you open the box, remove the packaging, and carry the individual components to the inside of the house. Here’s a tip. Assemble the treadmill as close as possible to its final spot.

As you open the box be careful not to tip it on its end or on its side, but to keep it flat, because this can damage the internal components. There are transport wheels on the front of the treadmill, but these can damage certain types of flooring, so we recommend that you have at least two people to help you carry the treadmill inside.

For both the 9.2 and 9.3 Series Treadmills, to remove the top cover, cut the straps, loosen the staples on the side, and with an assistant, lift the cover off.

Now you can carry the components inside and recycle the packaging.

Precor Treadmills come partially assembled. The large base, deck, and motor are already assembled into one piece. As you carry the components to the assembly area, lay them out and verify each piece against the assembly guide or the user’s manual. Be sure and check the packing material to make sure that you have the literature kit and the hardware kit.

Now that you have the various components in the assembly area, locate the hardware kit and the assembly guide. Remove the hardware from the kit and compare it against the list that’s on page two of the assembly guide. You should have all of the tools that you need to assemble the treadmill with the exception of a number two Phillips screwdriver.

We like to take the hardware and put it in individual cups to help keep it organized.

Now we’re going to install the uprights onto the base. We want to start with the right upright that has a hole in it with the grommet. We’ll be feeding the data cable from the dash assembly down through the upright and out through this hole. To attach this, you’re going to use four bolts, and it’s easier to do this if you have an assistant, and today I have Tamara, another Senior Technical Trainer with Precor, assisting me.

Slide the upright down into position and then secure it with the bolts. Make sure you leave the bolts finger-tight. Repeat the process with the upright on the left side.
Next, install the dash assembly into the uprights. You’ll need to feed the data cable down the upright, and then turning the upright forward, put the front part of the black portions into the uprights and then rock it into place.

The easiest way to feed the data cable through the hole in the grommet is to pull the cable down tight until you can see the cable in the center of the hole, then reach in with your finger and pull it through.

Connect the data cable to the lower board. Using six button head screws with lock washers, secure the console to the uprights and then wrench-?tighten all bolts.

Now we’re going to install the front cover. The front cover slides into place from the walk belt side of the treadmill. It should just drop into place. Once it’s in place, tighten the four screws that secure it, and then we’re ready to install the console.

Next we’re going to install the console. There are two connections that need to be made. The heart rate connection, and the data connection. Put any excess data cable inside the console, then rock the console into place. Secure the console with three bolts, two long bolts to the front, one short bolt to the rear. Be sure to wrench-tighten all the bolts.

Lastly, we want to install the rear cover and the accessory holder. The rear cover just snaps into place. And the accessory holder is held into place with one Phillips head screw and two tabs that fit inside two slots.

Finally, install the safety key so that your treadmill will operate.

This completes the assembly of your treadmill.

I hope that this overview has given you a better understanding of the process of assembling your treadmill, and also of the quality of the components and manufacturing that go into treadmills that are used in homes and health clubs throughout the world. And remember, when you purchase your treadmill from a Precor-authorized dealer, you always have the option of professional assembly.