Although a treadmill is the best way to keep your body fit during your busy schedule, too often, we think that it’s a self-reliant machine.
By that, we mean most people do not put much thought into regular maintenance, which can result in a lot of issues, such as creating more noise than it did when the treadmill was new.
The outcomes of not keeping your treadmill well lubricated can be very costly. Too much friction can direct to motor or controller board burnout, unexpected degradation of the treadmill belt and/or delamination of the board, and dramatically higher energy consumption. Not to mention the discomfiting belt hesitation, which will worsen over time.
Today we will go over the proper procedures for lubrication and review the schedule you should be using to keep it working smoothly for years to come.
Why do you need to oil the treadmill?
Oiling your treadmill is not difficult or time-consuming, and it is undoubtedly worth it! A few minutes a year could make a huge difference:
- Lubrication prologues the treadmill’s life
- It makes for a smoother running operation
- It keeps the noise down
- It prevents excessive tension on other parts of the treadmill
Sadly, there is a lot of treadmills out there that do not get the proper lubrication they need. And if you have purchased a second-hand treadmill or been gifted an older model, chances are it will be gagging for a touch of oil on its belt.
Learning how often lubrication is required:
Treadmill bases utilized in walking workstations need lubrication far more often than is generally advised for operating treadmills since they manage to get used for many more hours per week. If you search it on Google, you probably already seen that there are as many different recommendations for frequency of lubrication as there are treadmill manufacturers. We did some extensive study on this subject to develop some basic guidelines you can include for keeping your treadmill at maximum performance.
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Standard advice ranges from iMovR’s and LifeSpan’s recommendation for oiling your treadmill every 40 hours of use, or three months, whichever comes first, to Steelcase’s advice that once a year is sufficient enough if the treadmill is utilized under 10 hours per week or twice a year if it is used over 10 hours per week.
The companies that manufacture the iMovR and LifeSpan treadmill bases build several hundred thousand treadmills per year. In contrast, Steelcase is a furniture maker that OEMs the base used in the WalkStation Treadmill Desk – so right there, you can bet the latter’s recommendation is going to be less strong.
However, we advise based on expert review of many years of treadmill design experience and laboratory tests and suggest following the 40-hour rule at a minimum.
We have developed a definitive methodology for discovering the ideal repetition of lubrication for office treadmill desks. Where to use a simple, inexpensive Kill-A-Watt meter to measure treadmills’ power consumption, and as soon as it is seen a change in electricity usage of more than 10%, it is lubricated. This can be as often as weekly with shared workstations that see a lot of miles daily or as sparingly as every three to five weeks for dedicated user workstations.
Results will differ based on environmental cleanness and the wear condition of the belt and board, weight of the user(s), and other factors, so there is nothing more reliable than a wattage reading to tell you when it’s time.
What You will require for this tutorial:
Luckily, this is not a complex process, but you will require some specific equipment to get the job done. The most difficult aspect is finding the proper lubricant to use on your treadmill. For the most part, we suggest a silicone solution as it will continue longer than most options.
You should be able to get silicone gel or spray online, especially if you search for treadmill lubricants. Also, you will have to make sure that you have a good application method, such as a spray bottle. Overall, we think that spraying the belt is much easier than other alternatives, as it gives a better coating.
Items to Use
- Silicone lubricant gel
- Spray bottle
- Rag or towel
When picking out a rag, you will require one to spread the gel around, as well as a towel to go below the treadmill. No matter how careful you are, there will be excess lubricant that will drip from the sides of the machine, so unless you want to get your floor or carpet untidy, you should cover it beforehand.
Recommendation for Lubrication Items:
Before we start steps by step guide for treadmill lubrication, here are our recommendations for your convenience.
Essential Values Treadmill lubricant created from 100% silicone in accordance with needs of all major treadmills’ manufacturers. Silicone lubricant can ensure the smooth running of the tread mill without the requirement of effortlessly relax/tighten and re-adjust the treadmill belt.
Egofit Walker Pro
With its proper lubrication, you can witness reduce of noise, elimination belt hesitation & significantly extends the lifespan of your motor, reducing the need for maintenance/repairs.
Its regular lubrication reduces noise, extends both belt and motor life, eliminates belt hesitation, and makes your workouts safer and more enjoyable.
Step by Step Guide:
GRAB YOUR TREADMILL MANUAL
It is well worth checking out what your treadmill’s official manual tells about lubricating the treadmill. You might get some info on the kind of oil that’s needed or read up on some special quirk with your treadmill that could be helpful.
Step One: Unplug Treadmill
It is essential to unplug your treadmill first. Because safety comes first.
Step two: Spread Down Towels
For the most part, the lubricant will drip from the end of the treadmill, but it is a good idea to put towels all along the edges as well, just to be safe. Also, keep a few clean ones handy to wipe off any extra lubricant from the machine itself.
Step Three: Loosen the Screws
Since you have to reach underneath the treadmill belt, you will have to ease the screws on the sides to get access. Look at the kind of screwdriver you will require beforehand so that you will not have to get a different one after the fact.
You will know when it’s loose enough when you can lift the belt and see through to the other side easily.
Step Four: Apply the Treadmill lubricate on Deck
When you are applying the lubricant, pay attention to the viscosity of the fluid coming out. If it’s too heavy, then you should mop up any extra as it will make the belt too greasy to slip and it could be risky to use. Also, wipe up any spray that gets on the sides of the machine while you work.
Step Five: Move the Belt
To ensure proper lubrication, it helps to coat the whole belt with a thin layer of gel as well as the deck. If you don’t, then the parts of the belt on the opposite side of the machine (underneath the treadmill) may not be adequately coated.
If possible, mark the sections of the belt as you go so that you can be sure you have coated the whole thing. Also, you do not want to put two coats on it if possible since that can still lead to an extra slippery treadmill.
Step Six: wipe out all excess lubricant
Overall, you should have used about 1-1.5 ounces of silicone gel to get your machine back to work usually. If you apply more than that, you should clean up any extra before plugging it on. Also, be sure to check the top of the belt and the sides of the treadmill so that you don’t accidentally slip when using it.
Step Seven: Tighten the sides
Tighten the screws to their original position. You should not be able to hold up the belt very much afterward.
Step Eight: Run the treadmill
To confirm that the entire thing is working correctly and that the lubricant is equally coated throughout, you should start the machine for about three minutes. It should not be going too fast – around three miles per hour is reasonable. If it goes much faster than that, it might start splashing lubricant that you will have to mop up.
You can also step on the treadmill to observe how it handles. If it feels a bit greasy, then you might have to absorb some excess fluid.
Step nine: Make sure your belt stays tight
The treadmill’s belt should always be tight. But it can get looser over time. You will require to tighten it in the following situations:
- After about 20 hours of treadmill functioning, checking to see if you require to tighten a few bolts, as well as the belt.
- After a duration of regular use.
- As soon as you notice any weird noises, or if you notice unusual operation such as the mat skips, causing you to experience jolts that disrupt the regular steady running of your treadmill), or the motor overheats.
If you can lift the running mat by more than 1-2 inches, on either side.
Make a Lubrication Schedule
According to most treadmill manufacturers, It is necessary to oil your machine about every three months or so, depending on usage.
You can either go by mileage or hours spent on the treadmill as a gauge. If it is old, then around 150 miles is sufficient, although it may require new lubrication at the 100-mile mark instead. As for hours used, we suggest lubricating it every 40 hours or so. Once again, depending on how much you use it, that could be several months, or it could be a few weeks.
Overall, it’s much better to use these metrics than time because your users can change.
Once you have lubricated your treadmill a few times, it will become like a habit to get it right each time. As you can see, maintenance of your treadmill is not complicated. But do not forget that this care is important to extend the life of your device. So think about doing it regularly. Remember that your treadmill strengthens your glut and calves, shapes your abs, and improves the posture of your entire body. Clearly, it is taking care of you: so you must take care of it!
Also, remember that you can switch out belts as they become ragged and cracked. If your belt is too old, lubrication is not going to work.