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Not perfect but a good deal
December 13, 2017
I bought this from the Amazon Warehouse Deals. I was warned before purchasing that it would come in a damaged box and might have some superficial scratches on the machine itself. Not a big deal for $50 off the regular retail price.
The box was a little dented and torn but the machine inside was fine. I still haven't found any scratches or dings on it. I assume it had been returned by an unhappy customer. The pieces and manual were all present, though not in their original packaging. I did some guessing and using a little brain power put it together in about 20 minutes.
The machine itself is very quiet. Moves very smoothly and when set at the highest tension provided a nice cardio workout. I took it for a 30 minute test run and was sweaty and tired by the end. I would have liked longer handle bars.
If you are someone used to using a compound row machine in a gym, this is not the same. No rowing machine will be similar. Rowing machines are more cardio than weight bearing exercise. If you are a serious pro on a crew team, this will probably disappoint you. But if you are just looking for something to mix up your routine and you aren't the hulk, this is a nice little machine.