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11-23-2015 01:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: treadmill free

Free treadmill. Lots of wood workers want them for the speed controllable motor. Near Auburn, WA.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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#1 posted 11-23-2015 02:10 AM

have been looking at our dump here
they seem to be ‘pase’ now

wanted to make a wide belt sander from one

but that is ‘a treadmill to far’

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 02:13 AM

yeah, even at FREE, the shipping would be a killer ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 02:40 AM



wanted to make a wide belt sander from one
- patron

You mean, swap out the tread belt for a sanding belt? Now, That would be a belt sander!
Now, you just have to put it at table height (or a little lower) and remove the hand rails. Shoot some video of that in action, and you would sure become a star on YouTube!

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 04:17 AM

I’ve been able to snag 3 treadmills in the last year for free… with the hopes of yanking the motor to use on my South Bend lathe so I can get rid of the belt. Unfortunately, the first two were semi-top of the line models and in absolute perfect condition (one just needed the ‘safety’ dongle and the second was a pristine condition nordic trac with absolutely nothing wrong with it). I couldn’t bear the thought of tearing them apart given their condition. The third one actually was a lower end model and didn’t work… had a blown varistor that was a pretty easy fix. It had a non-standard controller though, so it’s still in the process of being re-purposed.

There are a few good videos of turning these things into really huge belt sanders floating around out there. Maybe I’ll give that a whirl when I run across another.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 05:01 AM

I just searched YouTube for “treadmill sander”, and watched a few vids. Now I’m going to keep an eye out for an old treadmill or 2.

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 05:06 AM

With the new demand for treadmills I see the prices doubling.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 11-23-2015 05:13 AM

In addition to the motor and controller, there is a lot of other stuff that can be re-purposed. Most have stepper motors (for incline) as well. The decks make really good work surfaces and router table tops. The tubing, frame and other metal bits can be turned into mobile bases for machinery, cut into usable metal stock for welding projects, shelves and lots of other things. The rollers are usually self contained and have ball-bearing mounts that can be used for a spindle sander, thickness sander or even roller stands. Plus there is a ton of hardware, wiring and other various bits. There is a goldmine of parts in them things.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#8 posted 11-23-2015 01:34 PM

You guys are KILLING ME !!! I’ve been watching CL for several years now and the only “free” treadmills that come up anywhere near me are the ones that have been left outside for 5 or 6 years. And the other ones folks still seem to think they’re actually WORTH SOMETHING ! SHEEEESH !

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#9 posted 11-23-2015 05:48 PM

Yup, I’m sitting on a gold mine and nobody here to take advantage of it ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 11-23-2015 06:04 PM

The slick walking base make a great router table top, just flip it over and the unused side is pristine. That is the black melamine that is visible here. Best part was that it was free. More details on my bloghttp://lumberjocks.com/exelectrician/blog/series/10810

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#11 posted 11-24-2015 04:30 AM

Too bad I don’t have the space to keep it until I have time to make something out of it ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 11-24-2015 04:44 AM


Too bad I don t have the space to keep it until I have time to make something out of it ;-(

- TopamaxSurvivor

They don’t take up very much room once you have ‘em torn apart and in pieces :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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