Treadmill bed rebuild - advice needed

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11-27-2020 06:09 PM

I have a Landice treadmill, purchased in the late 90s that has MANY MANY miles on it. Earlier this fall, the treadmill bed “dented” while I was running and when we took it apart to flip the bed this week, the bed was actually cracked (and no, I don’t weigh that much:)).

I looked at prices of a new comparable treadmill (this is basically a commercial grade treadmill) and WOW prices have gone up! My husband feels I should be able to build a new bed. I guess this is where the payback comes for buying me tools over the past 5 years! The bed appears to be some sort of pressed board with a very slick “laminate” on both sides to allow the belt to slid and will have to be able to handle the heat of the friction of the belt. The thickness is about an inch. I’m looking for any recommendations on what would be best for durability. Would typical plywood handle the pounding? And then what would be good option for the slick surface?


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#1 posted 11-27-2020 06:27 PM

You already identified what you need… MDF with laminate. I’ve torn apart dozens of treadmills and there isn’t anything special about those walking decks that I can tell. And you really only need to put the laminate on one side, not both. I actually have a couple of decks out in the garage that I intend to use for stuff like building an extension table for the table saw and as the top of a router table.

I guess you could go with plywood if you want – not sure if it would make much difference. But the laminate would be the same, and there are deck lubricants out there that you can put on the laminate to make it even slicker.


PS: If you keep an eye out, you can find treadmills for free, and many will be in excellent shape or just require a minimal amount of work (like replacing a fuse ;) I’ve found 6 in the last couple years – including 2 in near perfect shape.

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

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#2 posted 11-27-2020 06:32 PM

The key is really the right lube. Mdf with laminate, you can get in sheets and cut to fit, or contact cement on your own laminate.. Then get a DRY silicone spray and keep it lubricated well at all times.

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#3 posted 11-27-2020 06:46 PM

MDF really does not have any structure and can fracture because of it. It might be better to use 1” Balitic birch or 2 sheets of 1/2” glued together and laminate one side of that… 2 cents worth…Cheers, Jim

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#4 posted 11-27-2020 07:11 PM

I don’t think the material is MDF from what I can tell. Will have to look at it a bit more carefully. Had been thinking of a glue up of two 1/2 plywood (as Jim noted). Wonder if a half plywood, half MDF might be an option to get to the inch thickness with the MDF being smooth. Also have to account for the laminate surface. That seems to be a special type of covering although I’ve only don’t some small shop projects with laminate counter top material attached with contact cement.

Brad – not hopeful I’ll find a treadmill of this quality for free!! Would be great, but this is pretty much commercial grade to meet my training requirements. :)

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#5 posted 11-27-2020 07:55 PM

Have you checked with Landice on getting a replacement deck? It’s normally a part that can be replaced and it may not be overly expensive.

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#6 posted 11-27-2020 09:44 PM

Have you checked with Landice on getting a replacement deck? It s normally a part that can be replaced and it may not be overly expensive.

- Runner

Made my husband call to check earlier today, but they are closed for Thanksgiving holiday. He is sure it will be too $$. I’m hopeful it will be “reasonable” and we can just order it. Until then, continuing to take measures and look at options.

Definitely like this option best!!

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#7 posted 11-27-2020 11:58 PM

Would it be possible to epoxy a piece of plywood on the bottom and add dry lube to the top?Or would the crack in the surface where the belt contacts the bed be to abrasive to the belt?

Like Jim J. said my two cents.

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#8 posted 11-28-2020 12:20 AM

LOL puppy looks so happy he was not near it when it happened :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 11-28-2020 12:36 AM

Also a place called treadmill doctor sells mylar sheet to go over a board. Looks like they have an amazon store so if you have prime that is a $60 option.

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#10 posted 11-28-2020 01:59 AM

The old deck isn’t salvagable as it is cracked and split so will need to replace rather than repair.

Yes, thankfully Dollee wasn’t on it. This is our other dog, Teddee, getting in a workout when she was a pup.

Thanks for the lead on the mylar sheet – will look into that. My husband was looking at metal flashing as an option he saw in a YouTube video.

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