With the snow I seem to have got a bit more use by just doing a bit of normal walking on it without worrying about slipping.
I agree with the lack of bottle holder, but the T2000 (no not the terminator) has one.
I too have had the covers off, and as an electrial/electronics person, I think the motor isn't physically that big.
More importantly, I thought it was really cutting it at the top end speeds and just for my own peice of mind I decided to measure how fast it really was going.
I measured the running belt (3.09m) and timed how long it took to do 100 revolutions of the belt with proper lubrication and no load, then did some sums to work out the actual speed. All seems fine up to about 15KPH but then it's rather disappointing as the numbers below show.
I've bought a D1000 second hand recently, EBay £300, this is in preparation for another sub 0 winter. I will say that I am a sprint based athlete and will use this for high speed (18-25kph) short duration runs when the snow comes.
The seller told me it had been used at most a dozen times, this would appear to be true due to the lack of dust/fluff and signs of wear. I tried it out before buying and notice that I seemed to be veering left, I assumed it was just because I had just spent an hour sat in the car and was not stretched out.
After getting it home I checked the bed is level with a sprit level L&R and front to back, this can be adjusted with the feet. I tried it again and noticed the same thing but not as bad. I realised that the closer I run (16kph/10pmh) to the control panel the worse it becomes.
Doing a bit more investigation I found the incline motor is not centre but to the right and raises the deck on parallel bars. This appears to cause the left side of the base to drop away slightly when my left foot strikes the deck. Just to confirm this I went to my gym and tried a few treadmills out there but there was no veering so it does appear to be the D1000.
The answer for me is to place a solid piece of hard wood, or metal if can find something suitable, under the L&R bars so it can't sink away.
I agree with the above: The heart rate sensor is crap, mine just keeps going up the longer I hold it. Without exercise, I stood and held the sensor it just climbed to 145 over about 60 secs. It seems to work if you only hold it for about 5-10 seconds. The Ipod didn't seem to work but hey your indoor so use a Radio/CD/TV if you want music. The whole thing is solid. It does have stacks of programs which if would be really good I did distance. The fan is just a typical desktop PC fan (£5).
On the general above: Yes they are always on sale. Do try it out, the deck, controls, display may not suit. Warranty, you'll always spend money to get the "Free" elements and your time is still a sort of money.
So my thoughts are: It is a genuinely cheap alternative, even new, if you J Bloggs just wanting to do a bit to "Keep fit" at lower speeds. If I burn it out it's just a cheap to buy another rather than spend money on an engineer and parts. Worst case, I can always weight the it in as scrap yard for a few quid.