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Forum topic by moke posted 04-05-2018 05:06 PM 696 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2018 05:06 PM

So I finally have the authorization to take the treadmill to the old treadmill retirement home….aka the dumpster at my business. Is it worth my time to salvage the motor? It is a larger one so it has to come out of the family in pieces so I am not going to donate to any of the local donation places….

Is there a market to sell them or could I build anything worthwhile?

I tried hanging some clothes on it and that got shot down…so its goin’.......

-- Mike

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#1 posted 04-05-2018 05:19 PM

I would absolutely snag the motor, power supply and speed control board at the very least. There is an unlimited number of things you can use if for, but variable speed sanders and powering lathes are two favorites. Also, there is really a gold mine worth of stuff in those treadmills. The walking deck makes a great table top for stuff like a router or table saw extension table. The frame can be cut up and turned into useful metal bar stock. There is several pounds of hardware (nuts, bolts, washers, screws, nylocs, t-nuts, etc…). Bearing mounted rollers, wire loom coverings, plastic rollers, wheels and bumpers, and more.

But – if you don’t want to go through the trouble of taking it apart – stick it out on CL for free or super cheap. You will get rid of it in a day and can let someone else haul it away so you don’t have to :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 04-05-2018 05:22 PM

Yes. Grab the motor, speed controller and the circuit board, belt and pulleys. They make great variable speed controllers for things like lathes etc. I use the tread for a non-skid surface for my workbench.

Edit…Brad beat me to it! Like he said there are tons of parts to be had. The mounting system shown above is just the crossmembers cut directly out of the treadmill with an angle grinder with the motor attached.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 04-06-2018 04:56 PM

Awesome…thanks guys! I’m on it!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 04-07-2018 02:32 PM

I just scored a free tread mill from a coworker moving out of state. Stripped it down and have used the motor and speed control to make my lathe variable speed. Works like a champ. Be sure to grab the motor mount sections off the treadmill frame. it will make mounting the motor a lot easier.

-- Sawdust Maker

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