As intimidating as it may be to dismantle a treadmill at home or in the gym, it is essential that you learn how to do it delicately while moving it. If you rush through the breakdown process, you run the risk of damaging your treadmill and preventing it from working correctly.

Whether you want to relocate your treadmill about the house or clean it properly, our article will show you how to disassemble a treadmill securely and effectively on your own.

How To Disassemble A Treadmill: Instructions For Taking Apart  

If you’ve ever had a question about disassembling a NordicTrack or a Proform treadmill, feel free to contact us. Even if you don’t have a brand name treadmill, we recommend following these steps to disassemble it on your own.

The disassembly steps for most treadmills are the same, however if you have any problems, see the manufacturer’s instructions.

Start By Gathering Your Tools

For disassembly, you will need a Phillips screwdriver or the metal rod that came with the treadmill (not all treadmills come with one, but several do). A socket or 12″ wrench is also required. A plastic bag, tape, and bubble wrap are also recommended (especially if you’re transporting your treadmill to an altogether new place outside of your current home/store).

Move To Your Treadmill And Unplug It

The screws that cover the motor and the LCD can now be removed. Depending on whether or not your treadmill has a raised display, you may be able to keep it in place while moving it. Remove the treadmill’s top assembly, which includes the display and the buttons you use to operate the treadmill.

With a Phillips screwdriver or a treadmill rod, you can easily accomplish this task. Remove the cable connections behind the top panel by pushing in and grabbing it. You can then remove the top panel by gently squeezing it. Wrap this panel in bubble wrap and tape it so that it is secure for your move.

Remove The Rails

Next, the rails must be dismantled. Remove the bolts on either side of the rail and put them in a plastic bag to keep them safe. Remove the treadmill’s rails and bubble wrap them as well.

Move The Remaining Parts Of Treadmill 

Treadmill lower frame, belt, and motor should now be able to be moved as a single component by hand. We recommend that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you need to further disassemble these parts. Protect the treadmill’s lower frame by wrapping it in a blanket before you move it.

Steps for Disassembling the Treadmill

Step 1

After lowering the slope to its lowest setting, turn off the treadmill and remove your shoes. Treadmill is unplugged from the wall, disconnect it.

Step 2

The frame guide is located on the left side of the walking platform frame. Remove the frame guide and remove the screws.

Step 3

Handrails are connected to the console through screws that need to be removed. Remove the gaming console and set it away.

Step 4

Locate the base mounts where the handrails attach to the walking platform frame. Remove the handrails from the mounts by unscrewing and lifting them.

Step 5

Remove the mounts from the walking platform by removing the screws holding them on.

Step 6

Remove the rollers that connect the walking belt to the treadmill’s walking platform with bolts from the end of the treadmill. Remove the rollers and walking belt.

Step 7

To disassemble, just remove the screws that hold the walking platform to the platform’s support frame. Let go of the platform’s frame.

Can Treadmills Be Disassembled? 

There are, of course, treadmills that can be dismantled, but they must be done so with care. A common reason for wanting to disassemble a treadmill is that it will not fit through a door or is cumbersome to move from one floor to another.

Allows you to move multiple pieces of equipment without straining yourself. Before you take apart your treadmill, make sure you know where you’re going to put it and whether or not it’ll fit comfortably in the new location.

It’s a good idea to measure your new location before you begin disassembling, relocating, and putting your treadmill back together.

If you’re moving your treadmill, it’s a good idea to plan the route and logistics of getting it to your new location. Consider removing any potential tripping risks before you begin moving.

Important Parts Of Treadmill

Several sections of the treadmill must be properly protected before the treadmill may be moved. Despite their fragility, each of the following treadmill parts is essential to its proper operation.

  • Treadmill’s Frame and Rails 

    The treadmill’s frame and handrails provide structural support. Handrails must be properly wrapped before dismantling these so that they don’t break (they tend to be more fragile than the frame itself). When moving the treadmill, take careful not to damage the frame, as various parts attach to it to ensure proper operation.

  • Treadmill Motor 

    When relocating a treadmill, the motor is not normally removed from the machine. Internal mechanisms such as these motors should not be disassembled.

  • Treadmill Belt And Deck 

    It is possible to detach the treadmill belt and deck from the rails, although they are usually left attached to the frame. If you’re moving, consider covering the treadmill belt in bubble wrap to keep it safe. Moving a treadmill from one room to another may not be essential if you’re only moving it around the house. However, if you’re planning on transporting the treadmill in a moving truck or moving house, we recommend bubble wrapping the treadmill’s belt. Scratches and tears on the belt can cause it to break down altogether, necessitating a new belt installation.

  • Treadmill Console 

    If your treadmill has a console, you may examine your stats, such as how many kilometres you’ve run, the inclination level, speed, and other parameters. To avoid scuffs, cover the console with a piece of bubble wrap.