Our treadmill died last year, and, being the mindful consumers that we are these days, we've held off replacing it. But, we finally decided we really did use it a lot and wanted another one. So, we did some research and splurged on a NordikTrack Commercial 2950 model.
What were we thinking? Despite the insistence of many on-line reviewers that you SHOULD pay the extra few hundred dollars for in-room delivery and assembly, Darren said he could put it together himself. Fair enough... he's generally a handy guy... But, we both totally underestimated our current strength and ability to move an awkwardly-shaped 400 pound machine down an equally awkward, curved staircase to the basement. Just getting it in from the garage nearly did us in.
We spent a good while trying to maneuver this beast, just teetering at the top of the stairs, strategizing our descent. However, after exhausting all the possibilities, we resigned ourselves to the fact that if we continued, the outcome would likely result in injury to ourselves or damage to the treadmill. So, there she sat... our new Nordic fitness assistant, just waiting to be carried to her rightful place in the house.
I called NordicTrack on Monday to request the in-house service we neglected to order with our initial purchase. Their response was that that service is no longer available, once the machine has already been delivered. Great. They suggested calling a piano mover, which I did. The lowest estimate I got was $700! Considering we only needed to move it about 20 feet, I hung up, feeling a bit defeated. Yet, I was determined to find a more cost-effective alternative.
So, I put the call out on social media to local friends for suggestions. Thankfully, a homeschooling friend of ours, whose hubby is in the construction business, and has done odd jobs for us in the past, was able to help out! He brought an assistant, and the two of them had the treadmill down the stairs in a matter of minutes, with no damage to anyone or anything. Phew!
The cost and effort of this acquisition is inspiration enough to use this thing EVERY day! And, if we ever move, it stays with the house!