Large treadmills lined up in a gym, ready to be folded for transport.

New treadmills that have not yet been assembled will typically come shipped in a large box which corresponds roughly to the size of the treadmill. These range in size from the smallest models such as Fortis T1 Ultra Slim Walking Smart Treadmill (L 150 x W 61 x H 13cm) all the way through to the X22i Incline Trainer (L 193cm x H 87cm x W 103cm).

Treadmills can weigh anything between 25kg to 200kg and often feature built-in wheels or handles to make moving them around as convenient as possible. Many models are made with a compact design which allows them to be folded and stored, making them ideal for people that want the convenience of a home workout. It’s important to note that treadmills usually come fully disassembled. Once it’s been assembled, the dimensions of the treadmill will be significantly greater in it’s “folded” state compared how it originally came. So, if you’re selling your treadmill, you basically have two options:

  1. Fully disassemble the treadmill. This will enable to you to repackage it in its smallest possible state, helping to reduce transport costs.
  2. Fold the treadmill and package it to avoid the risk of damage during transport. This will probably save you some time, but the cost of freight will be higher due to the increased size of your consignment.

For long distance and interstate freight, you will save a significant amount by fully disassembling the treadmill prior to transport. When a treadmill is folded, it takes up about 2-3 times more space (in cubic freight volume) compared to its original box dimensions.

However, most individuals who are either buying or selling a second hand treadmill, don’t want the hassle associated with dismantling and/or assembling the treadmill.

NordicTrack Treadmills

NordicTrack treadmills are known for their smart features and advanced technology, making them popular choices for home fitness.

Nordic treadmills are made to have a comfortable running surface with cushioning systems and space-saving designs for home use. When assembled and ready for use, NordicTrack treadmills have dimensions ranging from approximately 180cm-210cm in length, 80cm-100 cm in width, and 150cm-180 cm in height. They weigh from around 80kg up to 200kg. These dimensions will vary based on the specific model and features.

The NordicTrack C-2450 is a top-of-the-range treadmill boasting a wide variety of features including:

    • Interactive touchscreen displays for accessing workouts and entertainment
    • iFit compatibility for personalised training experiences
    • Adjustable incline and decline settings for uphill workouts
    • Powerful motors for smooth performance
    • 30 Day iFIT Family Trial Membership included
    • Auto Breeze Fan
    • Auto Adjust Technology
    • Bluetooth Headphones and Heart Rate Connectivity.

The NordicTrack C-2450 (pictured below) weighs 135kg in the box, with dimensions of L 214cm x W 85cm x H 37cm.

Once assembled (and in the folded up position) the dimensions of the C-2450 are L 112cm x W 91cm x H 179cm. However, if you’re relying on these dimensions in order to transport your treadmill, make sure you take into account any protective packaging which will increase the dimensions of the treadmill.

A lady adjusts the Nordic Track C2450 before moving it.

The NordicTrack C-2450 is a top-of-the-range treadmill boasting a wide variety of features.

Other Popular Treadmill Brands

Below are some of the other popular brands of treadmill which are available in Australia, most of which have the option to be folded up when not in use or prior to transport:

    • Proform
    • Horizon Fitness
    • Life Fitness
    • Sole Fitness
    • York Fitness
    • BH fitness
    • Matrix Fitness.

Special Freight Considerations for Transporting a Treadmill

Proper packaging and preparation is essential prior to transporting a treadmill by road.

Treadmills are vulnerable to damage during transport. Use foam padding or bubble wrap to safeguard components like the touch screen console. The motor on a treadmill is situated at the base of the machine, commonly beneath the front section of the running deck. Protective padding around this area will also help to ensure that an accidental bump or knock doesn’t result in any lasting damage. Take extra care to ensure that the hydraulic lift piston is protected. If this is left exposed and receives a hard knock it may bend or even snap, and either scenario which will render it unusable.

How Do You Move a Treadmill That Doesn’t Fold?

Moving a non-folding treadmill can be a bit trickier, riskier and more expensive than shipping one that does fold, but it’s certainly possible:

 

  1. Measure and weigh the treadmill. Measure the length, width and height of the treadmill to determine its dimensions. Also make note of its weight – this is something you can usually find online if you search for the specific model.
  2. Disassemble (if possible). Check to what extent your treadmill can be disassembled. Many models allow you to remove the console, handrails or other components. If disassembly is possible, pack the removed parts securely to prevent damage during transit.
  3. Secure the treadmill. Use heavy-duty straps or ropes to secure the treadmill to a pallet or platform securely. Ensure it’s tightly strapped from various angles to prevent shifting during transportation.
  4. Protective packaging. Wrap the treadmill in protective materials such as moving blankets or bubble wrap to safeguard it from scratches and dings during transit.
  5. Labelling. Clearly label the package with information such as “Fragile,” “Handle with Care” and any specific instructions for the freight company.
  6. Choose a reputable freight company. Research and choose a reliable road freight company with experience in handling large and heavy items. Ensure they have the necessary equipment for loading and unloading.
  7. Book the freight service. Schedule the freight service and provide all the necessary details about the treadmill’s size, weight and any specific handling instructions. The key here is to communicate clearly so that there are no misunderstandings.
  8. Insurance. Consider insuring the treadmill during transit to cover potential damages. Check whether your chosen transporter offers freight insurance.
  9. Tracking and communication. Stay in touch with the company for tracking updates. Ensure clear communication regarding the delivery destination and any specific delivery requirements.

Preparing a Folded Treadmill for Transport

Here’s how you can prepare your folded treadmill for transport:

  1. Fold the treadmill up entirely to make it as compact as possible. Even if it locks into the folded position, secure it in place using some strapping or sturdy tape. The last thing you want is for it to unfold itself during transit.
  2. Tape in place the power cord and any other loose components.
  3. Maneuver the treadmill onto a small pallet or skid and strap it firmly down to the base of the pallet. Use several straps, keeping in mind that the treadmill may be loaded and unloaded several times before it reaches its final destination. Depending on your physical ability and the size and weight of your treadmill, you may be able to ease the treadmill up onto the pallet by yourself, or you may want to get a couple of people to help you.
  4. Wrap it, and don’t worry too much about how it looks. The sole purpose of this exercise it to ensure that if your treadmill gets knocked or bumped en route to its final destination, it will stand the greatest possible chance of coming through it unscathed.
  5.  Follow steps 5-9 in the previous section to send it on its way.

Move a Treadmill

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