Assessing the value of your rowing machine

We are always happy to take your old machine for a new refurbished one from us in part exchange. When buying a used machine we assume that it will be well used and we expect to replace bearings and other parts that wear. Equally the odd missing nut isn’t a problem. However the following faults are more serious and therefore more costly to repair and will affect the value of your machine. If you can inspect your machine for these, and advise us if any are present, we can then usually give you a quote without the need to visit you first.

Lifting Track

The monorail along which the seat slides is actually an aluminium alloy rail with a stainless steel track sticking to the top. This sometimes becomes fully or partly detached. A gentle pull up on the edges of the track will indicate whether it is loose.

Badly bent metalwork

Many people assume these rowers are made of steel, whereas in fact they are aluminium alloy. Thus if allowed to drop or if heavy weights are put on them,the metal legs can bend. In particular the longer leg that supports the rear of the machine should be vertical and not bending away from the monorail.

Missing “captive nuts”

Where the front legs screw into the box-section of the rower, there should be captive ‘nuts’ behind the flanges of the box section. These are round, (not hexagonal) threaded pieces that are permanently attached to the flange. If, instead, there is a proper hexagonal nut – or worse, nothing apart from a bare ended screw – then the captive ‘nut’ has become detached. In such cases it is also quite common for the holes to have enlarged and possibly splits to have appeared leading from them.

Split box section

The box section is the part that contains all the pulleys, chains and shock-cord. It is possible that due to abuse or wear these can develop cracks (not scratches in the paint, actual splits through the full thickness of the metal)

Detached seat

The seat is screwed to the running mechanism and can become detached because the screws come loose – that isnt a problem. However if the screws have been pulled loose through mis-use, then it will mean a new seat is required. If the seat is detached there should be four threaded screw holes in it

Footplate bolts

If the bolts attaching the footplate to the box section have become loose then there is a good chance that the holes in the footplate, through which they pass,may have become elongated

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