All you need to know about Treadmill Lube
Inadequately lubricated running belts cause excessive friction between the belt and running platform which often leads to premature wear and failure of the running belt, running platform, drive belt, motor control board and the motor itself.
Excessive friction is one of the main causes of motor and motor control board (mcb) failure. To maintain the required speed, the motor and mcb have to work harder to overcome the friction between the belt and platform, which means they need to draw more current.
Drawing too much current for a prolonged period of time causes the motor and electronics to overheat and fail. Commercial treadmills will often monitor the amount of current being drawn and detect when there is too much current and shutdown the treadmill before any long term damage is done – this is called “foldback” or “current limit”. Domestic treadmills, do not always have this protection and so the current goes unchecked until the treadmill fails, often in a catastrophic manner!
This problem can be avoided by regularly applying our Treadmill Lube. For treadmills that are in daily use, we recommend you check the lubrication every month. Treadmill Lube can be used on both domestic and commercial treadmills and contains pure silicone oil which is free from additives and harmless to use.
Can I use WD40 or mineral oil, grease or wax instead?
In a word, no. However, there are a few manufacturers who still recommend using wax powder lubricant. In these cases, you should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines whilst the machine is in warranty.
Silicone treadmill lube has much better slip characteristics than mineral oil, grease or wax. For example, our silicone oil has a viscosity of 96 cP (for info, cP is a measurement of friction between molecules) compared to wax which is around 500 cP. This means that our silicone oil has better slip characteristics than wax by a factor of 5 times! And as silicone oil maintains its consistency over a wide temperature range this means that our silicone oil will provide far better protection against problems caused by friction irrespective of how you use the machine. Our treadmill lube is also non-toxic and inert which means it will not react with the rubber of the treadmill belt or degrade your running platform.
How much and how often do I need to apply lube?
We recommend that you check the belt lube every month and re-apply 15ml or 20ml of lube every 2 or 3 months (depending on use and environment). To check the belt lube, you should slide your fingers underneath the central area of the running belt (between the belt and the platform) and feel for a light film of oil on the surface of the platform. Be careful not to over-lube the belt; add a little lube at a time and walk it and then re-check. Repeat this until you get the desired result.
If your belt is dry and has not been lubricated for some time, it may be necessary to apply more lube on the first application.
If you have a folding treadmill, we recommend that you do not fold up your treadmill immediately after applying lube. Make sure you use the machine for at least 15 to 20 minutes to ensure the lube is evenly spread and fully absorbed into the running belt before folding.
Advantages of our Treadmill Lube Silicone Oil kits
- Suitable for most treadmills
- Protects against friction and overload
- Prolongs belt life
- Solves belt sticking problems
- Reduces deck wear
- Reduces strain on motor
- Prolongs life of motor controller
- Prevents drive belt slipping
- Prevents static build up
- Includes syringe for accurate dosage
- Clean and easy application
- Widely used in Commercial Gyms
Our treadmill Lube kits are available in 500ml bottles and come with an applicator kit as standard consisting of a syringe and flexible tube which are used to withdraw the oil from the bottle and then apply it directly onto the surface of the running platform. The process for applying Treadmill Lube does not require the running belt to be slackened off and so it is much quicker and easier than other methods. After application, the oil needs to be “walked-in” for a few minutes afterwards to ensure even coverage.
Northwick’s silicone oil Lube Data Sheet