We offer an option for those who already have a standing desk or are interested in purchasing a specific one. Our Standing Desk Treadmills, theTR5000-DT3, TR1200-DT3 and TR800-DT3, come with a desktop controller and treadmill that work with most standing desk models (desk not included). The small, contemporary console sits on your desktop giving you easy access to the control buttons and readouts without getting in the way of your work.
The treadmills themselves are designed with a drive motor that is connected to the front roller via a belt. The pulley on the drive motor is much smaller than the pulley on the front roller to create a mechanical advantage. In other words, this allows the motor to spin multiple times around for every time the front roller spins. This works like the gears of a car. The higher the ratio between the front roller and the motor, the more power the motor can transfer to the treadmill belt and the easier it is for the motor to pull you as a user while you're walking on the belt.
One of the challenges in designing a quality treadmill is having strong torque at low speeds without causing the motor to run too fast at high speeds. Most treadmills typically have maximum speeds in the 10-12 MPH range. If the gear ratio is too high, this will cause the motor to spin at an RPM that will wear out the motor quickly, and this is where the discussion on treadmill quality is often centered. Better quality and larger motors will typically be able to have high torque at low speeds and then more easily run within its recommended RPM at the maximum speed.
So when we say the TR5000-DT3, TR1200-DT3 and TR800-DT3 are designed from the ground up to work as a treadmill desk, mechanically this means we focused on optimizing the torque of the motor at low speeds by increasing the pulley ratio between the motor and the front pulley. In return, we reduced the maximum walking speed to 4 MPH.
The result is a treadmill that can easily operate for hours at a time at low speeds without over-heating or creating excessive stress on the motor and electronics.