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INFORMATION ABOUT TREADMILL DECK, MATERIALS AND WARRANTY

A treadmill can be defined as an instrument used for running or walking while still staying in the same place.

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The Objectives Of Quality Decking

Having said that strength is not the only thing considered in the construction of decks...Learn More

Materials Used For Treadmill Decks

There are about three (3) materials that are used in the construction of Treadmill...Learn More

Is It Wise To Re-Build A Treadmill

You can actually rebuild but some things need to be taken into...Learn More

INFORMATION ABOUT TREADMILL DECK, MATERIALS AND WARRANTY

A treadmill can be defined as an instrument used for running or walking while still staying in the same place. It is majorly for exercise. The first treadmill for homes was developed by a man called William Staub. In this article, we shall be looking at the materials used for it, warranty and more information that need to be known about it. We are concentrating mainly on the decking and not the tread belt that moves under it. For information on other fitness equipments, look up Body Gear Guide on best road bike and cycles.

Important Things To Note

Most manufacturers don't usually state the kind of material used in constructing their treadmills but a clue can be gotten from the price tag placed on the finished products. For example, when a price tag of above $1,000 is placed on a treadmill, it means that particular one is constructed with strong tread decks. In other words, if the price is below that, it means the material used is not up to medium density. Strength is not always the only thing considered, else manufacturers would use metals. Even though they do use metal, but that is not the major component.

The Objectives Of Quality Decking

Having said that strength is not the only thing considered in the construction of decks, let us now consider other things that could make quality deck:

  1. It Should Be Strong: This is one quality that distinguishes quality decking from substandard ones. If the decking is not strong enough, it is not going to fulfill its objectives.
  1. It Should Be Durable: Quality decking should be constructed in such a way that it will last for a reasonable number of years. If it doesn't fulfill this objective, it should not be graded under the quality deck.
  1. It Should Have Reasonable Elasticity: This does not mean it has to be bouncing, or else it becomes a problem. But it should be reasonably flexible.
  1. It Should Not Generate Too Much Noise: When the noise being generated is much, it will definitely put off the user, so the noise should be barely minimal.
  1. It Should Have Smooth Surface: When the surface is smooth, tread belt friction is minimized and the belt will not be easily worn out.

Materials Being Used For Treadmill Decks

There are about three (3) materials that are used in the construction of Treadmill Deck and they are:

  1. MDF (Medium Density Fireboard): This is the most important material being used for treadmill decks. It is created by breaking wood into fibers called sawdust, then using wax and resin to mix them together. When these are mixed, it forms a solid Treadmill Deck.
  1. Solid Wood: The major problem this has is that it is difficult to find a perfect piece of wood and it doesn’t ensure consistency compared to MDF. There is a kind called Particle Board, this has issues in the sense that it is weaker than MDF because it is not fibre-based.
  1. Metal: This is less superior compared to MDF and Solid Wood. It is very heavy and does not create a smooth surface like others. It is not also enjoyable to run on it as it is easy to run on MDF and Solid Wood.

The Best Among The Three

MDF (Medium Density Fireboard) is the best among the three. The best is the MDF coated two or three times with phenolic resin. Phenolic resin is a plastic resin, and when it is used in coating a Treadmill Deck, there will not be a need for wax again.

The Coating Process

Some treadmills are both sides coated while some are coated only on one-sided. Those coated on both sides are called duo-coating or triple-coating. The best is the one that is coated on both sides because it helps in reducing twisting. The coating on both sides helps to also reduce friction along the surface where the tread belt moves. It is mainly low-quality treadmills that are coated only on one side.

The best coating material is the phenolic resin.

Is It Wise To Re-Build A Treadmill In Case Of Breakage?

You can actually rebuild but some things need to be taken into consideration in undertaken such task. It’s not all about bringing MDF or plywood together; two important things to consider are: making sure the deck is properly coated and secondly seeing to it that it is firmly attached to the treadmill. Cracking and breaking is one thing that can’t be overlooked in Treadmill Deck especially the low-quantity decks. That is why lifetime warranty is necessary. No one can aspire to see himself or herself fall down while running or walking.

Treadmill Deck And Warranty

Treadmills usually have a lifetime warranty, that means the manufacturer is bound to replace it in case the deck fails in future.

Sometimes, there is an option for replacement instead of a lifetime warranty. This is normally for a low-priced treadmill. They are mainly designed for 500 hours. What determines how long treadmill lasts is how it is used and the weight of the people using it. 

Advantages Of Treadmill

  1. It helps the user to set up an exercise environment at any place convenient not minding the weather.
  2. When it is set to incline, it helps the user to have a consistent uphill training which cannot be achieved running naturally without the treadmill.
  • Some of the treadmills have programmed features that enable the user to select the type of training he or she wants. For example, rolling hills and setting exercise periods.
  1. The user can be running and watching TV at the same time.

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