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Old 01-08-2017, 11:13 AM  
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I have a Treadmill and the particle board under the walking/running belt has cracked down the middle. I guess it couldn't take the pounding of 195lbs of me running on it.

I'm looking to replace the particle board. It is 5/8" thick covered in melamine. I'm thinking of going to 3/4" plywood and covering it with Formica-type laminate. I suspect they used particle board, not because of its superior strength versus plywood (sarcasm), but because it is significantly cheaper than plywood.

I thought about just reinforcing it from below with another layer but I think any fasteners through the board in the walking path would be a problem and screws would fail even if I used liquid nails to glue the reinforcement to the existing piece of particle board.

I have it apart now, and replacement shouldn't be rocket surgery.

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How about some pics for us?


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Pretty much as described. The cracked image is from below, the other is from the top.


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I wonder what kind of finish you need on the board to prevent wear on the belt. Waxed? I know they sometimes recommend silicone spray, but I would think you need to have a durable finish for that to work.
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I wonder what kind of finish you need on the board to prevent wear on the belt. Waxed? I know they sometimes recommend silicone spray, but I would think you need to have a durable finish for that to work.
That is why I was proposing covering it with laminate. The original has melamine. I had thought about using a piece of post-form countertop and cutting the backsplash and front edge off, but I'm not sure I could get 22.5" out of it, and it would be particle board instead of plywood.

I wonder what they use in commercial treadmills? Thicker particle board or plywood? They take more of pounding in a day than most home treadmills take in a week.

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The reason I wanted to see pics is because I also have a treadmill, and with my fat arse, it has held up surprisingly well. I just took a pic and it appears to be either a steel or very hard plastic floor surface. Mine is a Nordic Track, FWIW.
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I thought you were suppose to hang clothes on them and stick them in a corner. You mean I'm suppose to walk on them? Lesson learned today.
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It is definitely particle board. I suspect the commercial ones use something other than particle board or much thicker particle board. Nordic Track's stuff is usually pretty solid stuff. My FIL gave me this one when his wife couldn't use it anymore due to back issues. She had to go to something with no impact like a stationary bike or elliptical trainer. It isn't a high-end treadmill.

Being thrifty I want to get as many years out of it as possible. I think with a plywood based covered with laminate it should last a few more years at a relatively low cost to repair. Certainly less than I'd spend on a replacement, though I prefer outdoor activities. I'm thinking of moving it to my home office so I can walk while on conference calls.
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Looking at the cost of laminate versus FRP (fiberglass reinforced panel) I may use the FRP. It is half the price of the in-stock laminates at Lowe's.
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Plywood with textured Arborite,


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