The treadmill is a piece of equipment that many people own, especially those who are into serious fitness routines or need to maintain certain health conditions. There is no doubt that even professional athletes use treadmills to stay in shape. For many people, running on a treadmill is the equivalent of jogging outdoors with the wind in your face and the sun shining upon you. If you’re thinking of buying one of these home-exercise machines, then read this first to learn how to properly lubricate a treadmill and what type of lubricant you should use.
When to Lubricate:
Generally speaking it is recommended to lubricate treadmill every three months. Some may think that we should wait until they hear friction sound or other squeaking but this will be late. If we talk about millage treadmill must be lubricated after every 130 miles. Obviously the second rule may be more applicable as you would be using your treadmill more often than others.
Which Lubricant to Use:
There are a few different types of treadmill lubricant. Most treadmill lubricants have mineral oil as an ingredient, but there are also some other types which are made of ethyl or methyl-propyl or glycerine. These types of lubricants are preferable for those machines whose belts have groove like spaces in them. These spaces can trap debris and dirt after some time and increase the wear and tear of your treadmill. If you run out of lubricant, your treadmill will start to run down faster and slow down more rapidly until something seriously wrong happens.
When looking for a treadmill lubricant, it is important to do some research first. There are many types of lubricant on the market and they all do different things. Some lubricants help prolong the life of the equipment while others help prevent damage that can occur over time. It is important that you select a lubricant that will do what you need it to do.
One type of lubricant for a treadmill is a silicone based lubricant. Most treadmills come with lubricant that is specifically for the office treadmill. Since more people use an office treadmill in an office setting than in a home, most office supply stores stock this type of lubricant. If you can’t find a lubricant that is specifically made for the treadmill in your local store, there are plenty of online companies that can help you select the right one for your machine. The instructions that come with the lubricant should be followed to the letter. Lubricated belts must be checked frequently to make sure that the lubricant is still effective.
The second type of lubricant that is recommended for treadmills requires little research. Motor lubricant is used in the motor section of the machine. Treadmill motor lubricant reduces friction and helps to keep the motor running smoothly. This type of lubricant is not meant to be used in a home environment. Motor lubricant is also not recommended for use on outdoor treadmills as it can damage the drive wheel and bearings.
See Manufacturer Recommendations:
The lubricant does not have to come from the manufacturer. There are other products available that you can use for lubrication. Silicone gel is one such product. It can be found in spray or can be dissolved in water. Manufacturers recommend that you use the silicone gel or fluid that is approved by the treadmill manufacturer for their treadmill. Although some manufacturers recommend water, silicone is widely accepted as being an ideal lubricant for treadmill walking belts and motor sections.
Your office treadmill should also be regularly lubricated to avoid premature wearing. When you begin walking on your office treadmill for the first time, you may expect to notice moderate to heavy wear. Over several weeks, this wear will diminish and you can begin walking a lot more gently. To determine the amount of lubrication that your walking belt needs, simply monitor how long it takes you to walk one hour, and then multiply that number by the number of hours in a typical workout session.
Keep Regular Check:
In addition to lubricant for treadmill running, it is important to perform regular maintenance on the equipment. The easiest way to do this is to ensure that the treadmill’s belt is properly preloaded. Loading the belt before every use, ensures that it is properly lubricated. As your treadmill’s speed increases, more lubrication is required. For a normal walking speed, about one quart of lubrication is recommended.
Check Screws Regularly:
Check the screws of your machine every now and then. Remove the two screws that attach the belt to the deck. Locate the little plate in the back that indicates the maximum weight of deck that your machine can handle. Increase the weight limit if necessary so that your treadmill doesn’t develop premature wear.
Remove any Dirt or Debris
Check the chain-drive pulley system if there are any loose screws or broken pieces. If there are, replace these broken parts immediately with new ones. Remember to clean your motor using a grease gun or a rag and remove any accumulated dirt or debris that might affect the smoothness of the belt motion. This regular maintenance will give your treadmill for a longer life.
A good lubricant will allow your motor to work smoothly. You should also conduct regular maintenance checks to ensure that the parts are not corroding or damaged. If you notice that your belt seems to be slowing down or not moving as much as it once did, you should examine the motor. You should inspect the motor for damage, and you should change the lubricant if needed. Many people fail to lubricate their motors for months at a time, so it is very important that you perform a maintenance check on a regular basis.
Before lubricating a treadmill belt or deck, make sure the deck has been completely flattened. Slide the hand along the top and bottom of the treadmill making sure there is enough room for your wrist and hand. Squeeze the lubricant from the sides of the treadmill using light pressure. Hold the lubricant in the palm of your hand and move it around inside the treadmill until the entire surface is covered. You don’t want to miss any grooves as you lubricate. After you’ve squeezed out as much as you can, you should be able to get a good coating on the treadmill.