Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine

Added on 09/03/2008
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getmeonline
08/31/2008

Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine 5

Fantastic compact rower with resistance levels from 1 to 12 giving the ability to advance your workout. The assenmbly is not complicated; recommend laying out parts prior to assembly. Excellent German craftsmanship and quality. Quiet smooth skulling movement for the perfect total body workout. The Kadett Outrigger machine well worth every penny!!!

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azoutdoors
06/09/2008

Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine 5

Great product. This is my first rowing machine and I am very pleased with it so far. For the money, you get a well engineered product. It only took about an hour to assemble the whole thing.

You get a great cardio workout with this machine along with working various upper and lower body muscles. The machine takes up very little space compared to other excercise machines. The only improvement I have made is purchasing a bungee cord to hold my feet in place instead of the Velcro straps that come with the product.

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M.Meyer
06/05/2008

Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine 5

I have used several lighter-weight rowers for many years (Precor, Tunturi) and have always loved this kind of exercise. Unable to run for the time being, I wanted an affordable step up and something I would use often. I am very pleased with this machine, [...]. Assembly was actually fun, especially with the quality tool kit that is supplied. It folds nicely, but I leave it open and jump on as soon as I get home from work, rowing at least half an hour a day (in front of the TV, of course). Realize that things can break, however, even with a well-designed product. First to go was the cam latching lever, which sheared under little pressure despite looking Germanically solid. Then one of the pistons started to skip, which can be very annoying. (These are complex, patented mechanisms that will not last forever.) However, Kettler USA was very responsive, replacing the parts promptly with no questions asked. You may want to confirm how long the pistons are warranteed for beyond the first year, though I believe there is a 3-year warranty in general) -- they cost about $75 each, and like any such part will eventually need replacing, sooner if you use this a lot. Still, don't let these issues deter you -- the rower is a well-designed bargain (especially given the current lousy dollar exchange rate, and look for free shipping) that is well worth the investment. (Doctor visits cost far more.) It also helps to be a bit mechanically inclined, as regular maintenance (as long as you also maintain your body regularly!) is to be expected. I believe you may find rowing rather addicting with this machine. Zo, gett the Kadett.

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S.Ishaque
05/28/2008

Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine 4

First let me say that the electronic computer gizmo that come with this is absolutly, 100% worthless. Why? It displays all results in German! I don't speak/ read German. I live in the USA and no where in the discription on Amazon or Kettler's website does it say that the computer displays readings in German. That was disappointing but even so I tried using it for a few months just for the setting that tells me how many rows/strokes I have performed. But I stopped using the computer because every time I moved the machine from the corner of my room, to in front of the TV: the display would slide off it's attachment point and crash to the floor. So I just use the rowing machine without the electronic aids. Once the machine is set up and I am rowing, I have to say this machine does have very smooth rowing motion and I really enjoy using it. A word of caution. The machine is heavy, and very difficult to move. This is not just because of the weight, but because when the outriggers are folded in, the are not secure. As one is trying to lift and move the machine the outriggers are free to flail around. Many times I have lifted the machine to vertical ( to move it from one spot to another) only to have one of the outriggers come free and knock over something or strike my body. Very awkward moving it. Other wise once it's set up and I'm rowing away, It works great and gives you a great work out.

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E.Day
05/09/2008

Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine 4

As others have said, this machine is very quiet; a big plus. I would give the overall design 5 stars. The downside is quality control, as some others have commented on. One of the oars (rowing arms) arrived defective. The arm rotates in a sleeve and there is a bolt-like pin that fits into a slot to limit the amount of rotation. The first time I used the machine the bolt broke loose. Kettler USA immediately sent me another arm. However, this one was also defective. The screw that holds the handgrip in place could not be adequately screwed on which caused the handgrip to be too loose. (There is supposed to be a certain amount of looseness, but this was way to much.) After a couple of phone conversations, Kettler agreed to send me another arm. This one checked out okay, and I haven't had any problems since. So, to Kettler USA's credit, their service after the sale was very good. Just need better inspectors on the factory floor. One other thing, it took a month to receive this item from Amazon. Don't blame Amazon though, as I checked with 3 other websites, and it was on backorder.

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