A treadmill that is supposed to be “tough, durable and functional” will never work, according to a new study.
The University of Toronto researchers examined more than 30 treadmill maintenance and repair devices from companies such as Gildan and JCPenney and found that many of them had the wrong type of material to work properly.
They found that all of them were either made of plastic or rubber and had poor mechanical properties, according the report, published today (Wednesday, Sept. 27).
“Many of these products are marketed as being designed to be durable, reliable and compliant with various federal safety standards and are actually very, very flimsy,” said the study’s lead author, David Laidlaw, a mechanical engineer.
“Most of them will not actually work.”
Laidlaw says that if you don’t have the right equipment, your treadmill might end up stinking like a pig in a pig pen.
He said many of these treadmill maintenance products have a bad reputation, with many consumers believing they are designed to keep your treadmilling machines running long into the night, when the vast majority of them are not.
“I think there is a bit of a stigma around the treadmill maintenance industry,” he said.
“When you look at the products, they are often designed to give you comfort, or they are intended to keep you active during the day, and it’s really just an excuse for manufacturers to have an easy time making money off of you.”
Laying out the blame for the bad reputation of these maintenance products is easy: They all have a very low-quality, very expensive rubber material, and these materials have been used in treadmiller maintenance products for years.
Laidlaws study found that of the treadmill-related products reviewed, only two had the proper material for treadmilled machines to work.
The other two products were made of cheap plastic, and both of them lacked mechanical properties.
“They have a lot of poor quality materials,” he told CBC News.
“I have been doing research on this stuff for many years.
There are a lot people out there that do not understand that it’s not just about the quality of the materials but also about the materials themselves.”
Lowley, the manufacturer of Gilden’s and J.C. Penney’s treadmill, said its treadmilla is designed to work with any treadmill.
“It has a rubber core and is very strong, and we are working with experts to develop a more robust, durable, more efficient treadmall,” he wrote in an email.
“Our goal is to achieve a product that can last up to 10 years and is capable of delivering a full day of activity without the need to remove or replace it.”
Lack of rubber and plastic for treadmill maintenance productsThe study found only two of the 15 treadmill maintenance items reviewed met the criteria for being certified as meeting the requirements for tread mills to be safe, reliable, and compliant.
The study’s authors said that although there are more than 400 treadmiling products out there, the vast bulk of them have been manufactured with cheap rubber, which is more prone to cracking and bending, and more likely to fail, than durable and durable materials.
“If you have one of those expensive rubber treadmillas, chances are it’s going to crack, break, or break off, and the manufacturer is going to make a product to replace it,” said Laidlaws.
Laidaws study found some of the worst offenders in the industry were Gildens, the makers of JCP and Jell-O, and Jettas, which makes the JCP brand of running shoes.
“We have to look at what products are made of, how they’re designed, and what materials they’re made of,” he added.
“And then if we can find out why some of these things are bad, we can take steps to prevent that from happening to future products.”
The study also found that treadmiles from JCP, Gildans and other companies have poor mechanical and material properties.
It found that the material used in the Jetta treadmill repair and maintenance product, which was made from PVC, was rated for failure to operate under all the most commonly tested safety specifications.
“The materials are extremely poor in their performance and have significant structural weaknesses,” Laidaws said.
Laying the blame on a few bad products is hard to do, Laidsons study found.
“But the big issue is that the manufacturing practices of these companies have become very bad in recent years,” he noted.
“As a result, these products have not been able to compete in the marketplace.”
The researchers recommended that consumers and companies look for any product that meets the latest safety standards for tread machines, and they should be able to tell the difference between those that meet the minimum standards and those that do.
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