08 July, 2011
How to Move a Treadmill With a Hand Truck
Treadmills can weigh close to 300 pounds, which makes moving them around difficult. You can enlist a partner to help you manually move the treadmill, but the bulky shape combined with the weight can still be dangerous. To avoid injury and back problems, a hand truck will make moving a treadmill not only easier, but safer.
Turn the power to your treadmill off, and unplug it.
Check the hand truck for defects such as loose parts or torn wheels, and repair as needed. Also check the load capacity of the hand truck to make sure it can handle the weight of the treadmill.
Fold the walking deck of the treadmill toward the console, if possible, and lock it in place with the locking pin. Your owner’s manual should have instructions on how to lock the deck on your particular treadmill model.
Lift with your legs and not your back as you tilt the treadmill away from your body at an angle of approximately 45 to 60 degrees. Slip the base platform of the hand truck under the raised end of the treadmill. Ask someone to help you, especially if the treadmill is too heavy for one person to control.
Position the raised end of the treadmill onto the hand truck base so that the treadmill lies flush against the vertical frame of the hand truck. Be sure to arrange the treadmill on the hand truck so that the bulk of the weight rests on the axles and not the handles.
Tie the treadmill to the hand truck with safety straps.
Grip the handles on your hand truck and tilt the hand truck at a 45- to 60-degree angle pointing toward your chest. Wear work gloves to prevent slipping or blisters.
Move the hand truck forward carefully and slowly, walking forward and not backward. It may help to have a friend steady the treadmill as you push the hand truck along until you reach the treadmill's new location.
Lower the hand truck so that its base lies flat on the ground.
Remove the safety straps and pull the hand truck straight back to dislodge the treadmill from the hand truck base.
When moving heavy objects, push the load in front of you when going down an incline and pull it behind you when walking up an incline.
Before moving the treadmill, make sure that all doorways along your path are wide enough to accommodate the width of the hand truck and treadmill and that all obstacles are removed.
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