Treadmill lubrication


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Fentoozler

What would be a good (and readily available) substance to use for
lubrication between the rotating rubber mat and smooth bed of a treadmill?
I've tried Johnson's Baby Oil, but it doesn't seem to cut the mustard!

Angus
 
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The3rd Earl Of Derby

Fentoozler said:
What would be a good (and readily available) substance to use for
lubrication between the rotating rubber mat and smooth bed of a
treadmill? I've tried Johnson's Baby Oil, but it doesn't seem to cut
the mustard!

Angus
If I'm reading this right? wouldn't lubricating both perform a slippage?

Why do need to lubricate?
 
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Fentoozler

The3rd Earl Of Derby said:
If I'm reading this right? wouldn't lubricating both perform a slippage?

Why do need to lubricate?
The area requiring lubrucatiion is the area between the moving surface
(powered by a belt driven motor) and the flat non-moving surface directly
beneath it, therefore requiring minimal friction.

Angus
 
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dom

Johnsons baby oil - are you serious or taking the p***?

That I would guess is vegetable oil derived so will break down/dry
out/become a sticky goo in air.

You need either a mineral based lubricant (wd40/lubricating
oil/vaseline/parafin wax - some of which may attack rubber - be
careful) or a dry lubricant (PTFE spray).

What was in there originally? What does the manufacturer recommend?

I'd have thought treadmills would use a sheet of ptfe plastic (or lots
of rollers) and run dry.
 
F

Fentoozler

Johnsons baby oil - are you serious or taking the p***?

That I would guess is vegetable oil derived so will break down/dry
out/become a sticky goo in air.

You need either a mineral based lubricant (wd40/lubricating
oil/vaseline/parafin wax - some of which may attack rubber - be
careful) or a dry lubricant (PTFE spray).

What was in there originally? What does the manufacturer recommend?

I'd have thought treadmills would use a sheet of ptfe plastic (or lots
of rollers) and run dry.
Baby oil is parafin based.
 
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dom

Baby oil is parafin based.

Apologies for tart tone - you learn something everyday!
 
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Dave Plowman (News)

What would be a good (and readily available) substance to use for
lubrication between the rotating rubber mat and smooth bed of a
treadmill? I've tried Johnson's Baby Oil, but it doesn't seem to cut
the mustard!
One lubricant which won't hurt rubber or dry out is red rubber grease used
in car hydraulic systems to lubricate the rubber seals on assembly.

It's available in tubes or standard grease tubs from good car spares
places or online from the likes of Frost.

http://www.frost.co.uk

and search on 'rubber grease'
 
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Phil Hughes

Fentoozler said:
What would be a good (and readily available) substance to use for
lubrication between the rotating rubber mat and smooth bed of a treadmill?
I've tried Johnson's Baby Oil, but it doesn't seem to cut the mustard!

Angus
One that I know of came with some silicone oil for this. Don't know how
easily available it is though.
 
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raden

In message said:
Johnsons baby oil - are you serious or taking the p***?

That I would guess is vegetable oil derived
Or not ...
so will break down/dry
out/become a sticky goo in air.

You need either a mineral based lubricant (wd40
A water repellent - are you serious or taking the p***?
 
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Dave Liquorice

A water repellent - are you serious or taking the p***?
Must be taking the p***, the last thing you want near real rubber is a
mineral oil. Personally I'd try powdered graphite or talcum powder.
 
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Chips

Fentoozler said:
What would be a good (and readily available) substance to use for
lubrication between the rotating rubber mat and smooth bed of a treadmill?
I've tried Johnson's Baby Oil, but it doesn't seem to cut the mustard!

Angus
Have I stumbled onto some cheap porn site ?
 
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Rob Morley

What would be a good (and readily available) substance to use for
lubrication between the rotating rubber mat and smooth bed of a treadmill?
I've tried Johnson's Baby Oil, but it doesn't seem to cut the mustard!
Depending on what the 'rubber' actually is, there's a fair chance that
oils will seriously damage it. Clean the belt and the base thoroughly
with detergent then give them a good spray with silicone furniture
polish and buff it up.
 

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