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Old 01-09-2017, 07:31 AM  
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I ventured out into the cold and ice last night to the local Lowe's store and wandered about looking for solutions. I wound up using 3/4" birch plywood, handily cut into a 2x4 panel and a piece of "markerboard wainscotting" it is masonite with a dry erase coating on it. The whole set up is a bit thicker than the original particle board but it doesn't appear to interfere with the belt.

I set out to check out a piece of post form countertop that was on clearance per the website. 6' piece for $11, but I couldn't find the one piece they were supposed to have in stock. I would have been able to get enough width out of the post form stuff, but I think I would have needed to reinforce it on the bottom. Based on my experience with the original particle board base I don't think it would have lasted for the life of the other components. I have it back together now, with the exception of the trim pieces. The total cost of the project was $40. I used contact cement to glue the masonite panel to the plywood.

I'm not familiar with textured Arborite. I would think anything with much of a texture on it would cause premature wear on the walking/running belt. After I posted I see that Arborite is another name for laminate. Two main brands here are Wilsonart and Formica.



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I did some web searching today and found a replacement deck from the manufacturer. $126 plus shipping! That is some expensive quarter sheet of particle board. Given that the original broke with my running on it, I think I made the right call in making my own replacement. The deck replacement was fully 1/4 of the cost of a new one of the same model.


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If you can remember to, update in a few months and let us know how well it stands up. I would be curious.
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If you can remember to, update in a few months and let us know how well it stands up. I would be curious.
I will if I remember. I moved the treadmill to my bonus room where I work from home. So it will be getting more use going forward. I took advantage of the crappy weekend weather we had in NC to do some projects around the house that I had been putting off. Repairing the treadmill was one of them.
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MANNNNNNNNN.....why are you fixing the treadmill ? damit man,
you are supposed to put the thing on the curb for the trash man, and i come along and scarf it up.
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Link didn't work Frodo.
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MANNNNNNNNN.....why are you fixing the treadmill ? damit man,

you are supposed to put the thing on the curb for the trash man, and i come along and scarf it up.

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Agreed. I'm the proud owner of a lightly used $1200 elliptical that was sitting curb side. I found that the tension/idler pulley was shot. Managed to fabricate a replacement for nothing and away we go.
So now it sits next to the tread mill that someone wanted but doesn't use.
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I would be out there gathering up the cast-offs myself. Three weeks of use and the markerboard wainscotting is holding up well, no signs of wear. It is definitely more solid than the particle board I replaced.


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