Treadmill parts — the rollers, rails, motor, and heart rate monitor — can serve other purposes once you're done using them as a treadmill.
My father gave me his used treadmill before he died. I had been reading that the motor could be used in a DIY wind generator project. After taking the motor out, I planned to junk the frame and other components, but I discovered there was more to be made from treadmill parts than just a wind generator!
- The motor is for the wind generator.
- The two steel rods for the tread are my basis for a new telescope mount.
- The handrails will have steps added to them to make a small ladder down to the water by my cabin.
- The belt can be used on the ladder steps and elsewhere.
- The heavy steel frame will be used to make a new sled to haul large and heavy items with my QuadRunner ATV. I’ll just turn it over and add rails.
- The wooden floor will become the sled floor.
- The heart monitor still works and will be used as such.
- The pillar support will help support the generator.
- The leftover motor-control parts, etc., will be handy for future projects.
- There are some really good stainless steel nuts, bolts, and screws.
- All of the remaining plastic will be recycled.
The best part: It was totally free.