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Today the Treadmill Sensei got in a batch of 10 Horizon T74 treadmills here at the DOJO. They’re going out to a batch of customers down in Pasadena and Burbank. Most of the time we take boxed units out to the customers (we’re hired by places like Sports Chalet and Sports Authority to set up and service equipment their customers purchase), but I’ve been itching to play around with one of these new 2007 Horizon Treadmills since I saw them back in August at a trade show. So, what I did was set one of the boxed units up when I’ll take our personally to set up for the customer. Don’t worry, I contacted the very nice woman who purchased it to make sure it was ok for me to use her treadmill for a review.
Taking the Horizon T74 out of the box, the first thing I noticed is that, like the Horizon T73, the new design on Horizon’s top of the line model is very square and angular compared to the smooth lines of the unit it replaced. If you’ve seen the old Horizon T64 treadmills then you are familiar with their very pretty curves and fluid lines. The change isn’t a minus it is just something that will take a bit for me to get used to. On the plus side, it does look very cool and high tech now.
While there are a ton of cosmetic changes to the new Horizon treadmills, the mechanics “under the hood” are the same as the top rated models from last year. The Horizon T74 has the exact same gigantic Johnson Tech 2.5 horsepower motor, shock absorption technology, and large rollers. It also has the same 20×55 inch deck which I still wish was just a tad bit larger.
One of the great additions is in the frame. The Horizon T74 treadmills just feel a tad bit heavier and sturdier than the old T64s. I’m not a big man, but I could run full out on the new T74 and even jump up and down on it with little to no shaking at all. The Horizon T74 is a well constructed machine and the frame seems to be more metal than plastic…a very nice change from other, more bargain basement level treadmills.
The 10 programs are a nice addition, but what really shines in the new orange backlit LCD screens. The old blue screens on the Horizon T64 were a little blurry and harder to read. The new screens are much brighter, clearer and sharper, giving the Horizon T74 treadmill a huge boost up.
All in all, I quite enjoyed my 45 minute workout on the Horizon T74. Johhnson Tech continues to make some of the best home grade treadmills out there. Like it’s ancester the Horizon T64, the brand new Horizon T74 treadmill gets 4 out of 5 golden buddahs!
Riding high on quality, the Horizon T74 treadmill gets 4 gold buddahs out of 5.
Horizon T74 Treadmill Specifications
Horsepower: 2.5 HP
Max Weight Capacity: 350 lbs.
Max Speed: 12 MPH
Max Incline: 12%
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes, pulse grip and wireless
Heart Rate: Yes
Display Type: Orange LCD
Display: RPM, watts, time, calories, heart rate, distance, and resistance level
Product Weight: 220 lbs.
Roller Size: 2.4″
Deck Thickness: .75″
Step Up Height: 6.75″
Running Area: 55″ x 20″
-The Treadmill Sensei