How to Move a Treadmill


Treadmills are heavy and bulky, but if you need to move one, don’t despair. Depending on your treadmill, there are different options for moving it. If your treadmill has wheels, you can just tip it and roll it along. If the treadmill doesn’t have wheels, you’ll want to move it on a furniture dolly. If you have to go up or down stairs, you’ll have to be very careful and might want to hire movers. With these different techniques, moving your treadmill becomes a simple task.

Part 1
Rolling the Treadmill

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Check the path that you are going to roll the treadmill to make sure it’s clear of obstacles. Prop open any doors you have to go through, and prepare the space where you want the treadmill to go.[1]Remember to turn off and unplug your treadmill before you begin.

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Not all treadmills fold, but if yours does, it will make it easier to move. Make sure it’s not plugged into the wall before you start folding. Some treadmills fold down, while other times, the belt folds up. Check the manual for specific instructions on your treadmill.[2]Check that once it’s folded, it’s locked into place, so it doesn’t get damaged during moving.

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Hold one handrail with one hand and the frame with the other. Put one foot against the treadmill’s wheel to help keep it in place as you tilt the treadmill up. Depending on how heavy your treadmill is, you might want someone to help you tip and move the treadmill.

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If you couldn’t fold it, have one person stand at the front of the treadmill and one at the back. You should each be both be able to lift about 45 pounds (20 kg). The person standing by the console grabs the uprights and pulls forward and down. The other person should hold the opposite end to keep it steady.[3]If you’re not strong enough, consider hiring movers.

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One person walks backward, and the other forward, as you maneuver the treadmill from one room to the other. Be especially careful when you are going through doorways.[4] Once it’s in it’s new location, unfold it if it was folded, and plug it in. Test the treadmill at a low speed to make sure everything’s functioning before you start running on it.

Part 2
Using a Furniture Dolly

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Use a flat dolly, which is a wooden platform on wheels. If you are moving a very short distance, you might not need one, but it can really help ease the process. You can buy a furniture dolly for about $20, or rent one for a day for cheaper.[5]

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Your treadmill might not fold. If you’re unsure, check the user manual for instructions. Depending on your treadmill, you might have to fold the top down or the bottom up.[6]If your treadmill doesn’t fold, don’t worry, you can still move it with the dolly.

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Treadmills can be very heavy, over 300 pounds (140 kg). Get at least one helper, though you might want three. If you and your friends aren’t strong enough to lift the treadmill, consider hiring movers.[7]

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Lift carefully, using your legs, not your back. Bend at the hips and knees and then stand up using your legs to lift. Avoid turning or twisting while holding the treadmill.[8] Make sure the treadmill is centered and secure on the dolly. Be extra careful when going through doorways to avoid chipping paint.

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If you folded it, unlock it and unfold the treadmill. Be sure it locks into its new position. Plug it in and look it over to make sure everything is in place.[9] Before you use the treadmill, check over it one more time. Test it at a very low speed before you use it again.

Part 3
Moving the Treadmill Up or Down Stairs

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Figure out how heavy your treadmill is to help you plan if you will be able to carry it up the stairs, or if you need to disassemble it or hire movers. Find out from the manual if it’s possible to disassemble the treadmill into pieces.[10]If you don’t have a copy of the owner’s manual anymore, look it up online using the model number on your treadmill.

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Separate the parts according to instructions in the user’s manual. You might have to remove bolts with pliers to take pieces apart. Wrap each section in moving blankets. It’s especially important to use moving blankets if you have drywall, because the treadmill might chip the wall if you accidentally bump up against it on the stairs.[11]If you can’t disassemble the treadmill, you might still want to wrap the corners of your treadmill to protect your walls.

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One person should stand at the front of the treadmill, and the other at the back. It could be helpful to have a third person spot. Be careful, because it can be pretty dangerous to move a treadmill up or down stairs. If the person on top loses their grip, the heavy treadmill could injure the person on the bottom. Lifting with your legs, carefully and slowly take the treadmill up or down the stairs. Consider hiring movers to help you with this task. If you don’t think you will be able to carry the treadmill or the treadmill pieces, don’t attempt it.

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Check over your treadmill to make sure everything is locked into place. Plug it in and test it on a very low speed to ensure that the belt runs smoothly. Now you’re ready to workout again!