How to Move a Treadmill
Well-thought-out modern designs typically allow you and another person to move a treadmill to another room fairly easily. You should still read your owner’s manual and observe basic safety procedures to avoid injury. No matter what type of treadmill you’re moving, always set the treadmill’s incline to zero, remove the safety key and then unplug the machine before you begin the moving process. If you perform any lifting, bend your knees, push with your legs and keep your back straight throughout the process.
Dealing with Stairs
Consider hiring movers to carry the treadmill up or down stairs, because the person carrying the lower end is at risk for serious injury if the person on the top end loses his grip. And evaluate upper floors for stability before locating a heavy treadmill on other than the ground floor; wobbly joists, and the potential of damage to drywall or plaster in historic or older homes, may not be suited for the vibration created by the impact of your running.
Moving a wheeled, non-folding treadmill from one room to another on the same level of your home is a fairly straightforward, two-person job, as long as you’re both capable of lifting 45 pounds safely, treadmill manufacturer Pro-Form advises. One person stands in front of the console, grabs the uprights below the console and pulls the console forward and down, causing the opposite end of the treadmill to tip upward. The second person holds the opposite end to help steady the machine and to push the end upward. Continue tipping until the treadmill rests solely on the wheels below the console end. Both workers should retain their holds on the machine -- one pulling and walking backward, the other pushing and walking forward -- as you roll it to its new location.
Know When to Fold 'Em
A folding treadmill is the easiest type to move. Just fold it according to the instructions in the user’s manual and wheel it to another room. To move a Pro-Form 1050T, for example, grasp the metal frame near the end of the walking platform that’s farthest from the console. Lift the frame slowly until it locks into place against the console end and check that the latch knob on the bottom of the platform is locked in the storage position. Grasp one handrail with one hand and the machine’s frame in the other hand, and position one foot against one of the treadmill’s wheels. Slowly tilt the treadmill back until it rests on its wheels alone, and then push it to your desired position. You can move a folding treadmill alone if you’re capable of lifting 45 pounds, according to Pro-Form. If in doubt, use a helper.
To move a non-folding, non-wheeled treadmill, check your owner’s manual to see if the console can be removed from the walking platform, which will make moving easier. Recruit at least one assistant to help you lift the treadmill onto a wheeled vehicle, such as a flat dolly. Treadmills weigh at least several hundred pounds, so consider using four workers, with two on each end and two on the long sides. Hold the machine by its lifting bars -- if the treadmill is so equipped -- or grasp the platform’s metal rail. Place the machine on the dolly, then have your assistants help you push it to the new spot.
Moving to a New Location
If you’re moving to a new home and wish to bring your treadmill -- or if you buy a treadmill at a garage sale and must transport it to your home -- take a few extra precautions. Move it to and from your vehicle using the standard techniques for folding, wheeled and non-wheeled treadmills. Before you place the machine in your vehicle, put padding around the machine so it’s not damaged in transit. Tape the treadmill’s power cord and any other loose wires to the machine with packing tape, and wrap moving blankets or moving pads -- which you can obtain at moving supply stores -- around the treadmill before you load it in your vehicle.
M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.