I sold an old rowing machine some time ago and now wish I hadn't. This one is made more cheaply and isn't designed as well. The footrests don't swing down far enough as you slide back; you have to pull out a rod under them to get full motion. The rowing seat isn't contoured, and it's easy to slide out of position. The main rail is a steel box channel; most others I've seen are an aluminum extrusion...this just seems cheap. Assembly was required and took about 45 minutes. Instructions were OK. The small parts pack was well labeled. Otherwise, after a few weeks of intermittent use, it works as expected.
Bought this 1405 Air rower 4 months ago and love this unit. I must note when moving or transporting the unit. I would zip tie the chain to a fixed point on rower. If chain comes off from handle full dis-assembly of the tension system is required, but very fixable. Had some issues with foot platform moving put a simple fix with a 3" stainless steel strap does wonders.Note you can remove both travel stop bumpers for more range of motion great for taller users 6'3+. Using a teflon lubricant on the rollers and pulleys makes the unit smooth to operate. For the value and benefit this rower is great.
All parts arrived in a well packaged box, without any damage. Assembly was straightforward, but I used my own tools as the foot-rests were difficult to properly assemble to the frame with the 'wrenches' provided. The hand-tightening bolt used to hold the fan assembly forward was bent (cheap steel?), so I replaced it with a regular hex-head long bolt. Rower motion is great, does it's job well. Very smooth. Holds up well to sprints. Easy to roll away and put into storage. Under quicker strokes, I find the foot-rests to unseat and come loose, which is unsettling. I wrapped a strap around the slots in the step pad and through the foot rest frame to eliminate this. There aren't a lot of moving parts, so I find it should be durable enough for daily light to moderate use.
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