Sunday, 1 July 2018

Treadmill: some advice for use and maintenance

For your safety, comfort and durability of the product, you should carefully follow the instructions in the manual supplied with the treadmill. In some cases, the manual of the treadmill is lost, so here are some useful tips to ensure the life of your treadmill:
1. Check the power supply. The treadmill must be powered by a 220V grounded socket. Avoid as much as possible extensions, splitters and multiple sockets.
2. All cardio-training equipment undergoes strong mechanical pressure. It is normal for some parts to have a little play, so check regularly the correct tightening of the nuts to be safer. On the contrary the running belt, the drive belt and the wheels MUSTN’T be completely tightened / stretched. Follow the specific instructions provided on the blog to properly tension drive and running belts.
3. Clean the treadmill regularly. Do not use aggressive detergents such as those for washing glass, alcohol or acetone. Only a mild detergent should be used on a smooth cloth. Remember to clean the motor compartment (only by vacuuming the dust). Do not use any lubricant inside the motor compartment. Remember to clean the deck top regularly and lubricate it as indicated in our blog.
4. Sweating accelerates the corrosion of metals, plastics and coatings. We urge you to clean the treadmill after each exercise, to avoid wear of the treadmill. You can also use a special silicone spray made in Italy supplied by Treadmill Parts. A slight passage of spray on the metal parts creates a thin protective layer that makes water and sweat slip and thus avoids corrosion phenomena.
5. Schedule of preventive maintenance
When you purchase a new treadmill or replace the belt, a settling / running-in period may be required. This may take days, depending on use (approximately 20 hours). It is therefore necessary to monitor the centering and the tension of the belt during the break-in. Also pay close attention to the motor. If during training it tends to warm up, you shouldn’t overlook this symptom!
NB: a well lubricated running deck and a correctly strapped belt and strap can save up to 50% of the electricity consumption.


The importance of the belt
When the belt is of good quality and correctly stretched, no noise is heard during the exercise. If a belt is stretched too little then the front roller slides. It is therefore easy to see if the belt is too loose. On the contrary, a belt that is too tight or aged can break or wear out prematurely, causing excessive electrical consumption and putting the motor and board at risk. It is more difficult to notice belt wear, so follow our blog instructions and check the motor temperature regularly. If it heats up it could be the symptom of a wrong adjustment or the need to replace the belt.
The simplest way for regulation of running belt tension is to start from a slipping situation and then adjust slowly to the right position. See the articles in our blog to proceed correctly.

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