Written on: 27/08/2009
The Beny R808 air rower is such a poor performer that the manufacturers should be ashamed about putting it on the market. Buy this rower only if you want something that can sit in your exercise room and look pretty and impressive. As a working rowing machine I have to say it is total junk.
I bought one new for £250 in mid-January 2009 but 4 months later during an exercise session the chain broke free from its housing and so the rower became unusable.
The suppliers were very understanding, although I must say did not express any surprise about what had happened. The duff machine was replaced by an entirely new one within 3 weeks and all went well for a couple of months when the rower started to make metallic grinding/screeching noises on every pull.The inevitable happened in early August 2009 when the chain broke free of whatever mechanism makes it recoil - so once again I was the owner of a load of scrap metal and plastic.
These events happened while I was the sole user of the machine, typically using it 4 or 5 times a week for 20 to 30 minutes per session. I am an 11 stone middle aged male who is not capable of making excessive demands on a rowing machine. In my experience, prospective buyers should steer clear of this machine. So what do I do now? I'm treating myself to a Concept 2.
I wanted to give two zero ratings but your system doesn't seem to allow that.