What most people don’t realize is that preventative maintenance on your fitness equipment is one of the key factors to REDUCE the cost of owning and using your fitness equipment over the long pull. You might ask, “how does spending money on preventative maintenance REDUCE my costs?” The answer is you can either spend a little or spend a lot!
If you are not having your fitness equipment inspected by someone who knows what they are doing on a regular basis, you are just asking for a problem to pop up that might have been easily identified by someone who sees equipment on a daily basis.
Fitness equipment, when maintained properly, requires much needed attention to detail and most importantly replacing wearable parts on the equipment before the worn out part damages a part that should last the life of the machine. We call this a cascading failure, which is very expensive. By replacing wear items before they are completely worn out, we eliminate downtime for the customer and save them money in the long run by saving the expensive items that can fail due to wear when they shouldn’t fail normally during the life of a machine..
Here’s what we do with our typical preventative maintenance:
- Lubricate walking belts
- Track walking belts
- Dress drive belts
- Tension drive belts
- DC drive motor amp draw (measures belt deck life wear)
- Lubricate lift actuator
- Recalibrate for speed and lift position
Bikes and Ellipticals
- Inspect all pivot points and tighten if necessary
- Tighten and dress primary and secondary drive belts
- Adjust pedals
- Clean wheels and tracks
- Recalibrate for lift position if applicable
- Inspect all cables and upholstery
- Tighten loose cables and pulleys
- Adjust stack height if necessary
- Adjust stack alignment if necessary
- Lubricate guide rods
By performing simple maintenance, you can easily and simply solve problems. I’ve heard some people say that you shouldn’t do maintenance and when it wears out, just buy a new one. What we’ve seen is that in a light institutional setting, is that a treadmill that is maintained can easily last over 10 years where one that is not maintained can easily wear out in just a few years. No maintenance is the most expensive maintenance of all.