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There are WOODWAY Slat Belt Treadmills and then there are conventional treadmills.

Slat Belt Treadmills by WOODWAY USA feature an original (internationally-patented) design that was developed in response to conventional treadmill designs. Our Engineers set out to develop a safe and comfortable running surface for humans that also reduced the friction and wear associated with the conventional conveyor belt style. To do this they started with a ball-bearing transportation system and then created an entirely new slat style running surface.

This combined system provides a running surface of 38-43 type A shore hardness, which was found by the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany to be the ideal softness to eliminate the harmful shock to connective tissue, while not changing proper biomechanics. Additionally, the low friction ball bearing transportation system alleviates the forces to all mechanical and electrical parts, resulting in less wear, less maintenance, fewer repairs, lower electric bills and an overall longer treadmill life.

WOODWAY Rubberized Slat running Surface

Slat Belt Running Surface

Comprised of numerous individual shock-absorbing slats, that have been scientifically proven to reduce harmful shock to joints, muscles and connective tissue. The running surface can absorb up to 150,000 miles of usage without a single belt change.

WOODWAY Low Friction Ball Bearing Transportation System

Low Friction Ball Bearing Transportation System

Two bearing rails allow the running surface to glide. This nearly eliminates friction and the resulting wear which leads to significant electrical savings.


WOODWAY Toothed Drive Wheel

Toothed Drive-Wheels and Belt

The toothed belt and drive combined with 14 guide rollers assure the belt will not stretch or slip. No need to adjust or tension the belt.

Hear The Difference
  WOODWAY Slat Belt Treadmill   Conventional Treadmills
Running/Walking Comfort   Slat Belt design with 3/8 inch vulcanized rubber surface absorbs force of footstrike at point of impact. Safer on bones, joints, muscles and tendons.   PVC, cotton and nylon belt stretched between two rollers, over a wooden deck creates harmful footstrike shock upon impact.
Maintenance   Ball bearing design results in significantly less friction, less wear, fewer costly repairs and an overall longer life. Belt never needs adjustment. Virtually zero maintenance.   Conventional deck and belt designs require regular maintenance to adjust and tension the belt. Components wear and require regular replacement.
Speed Range   Zero start with speed increments of 0.1 mph to top speed of up to 25 mph, even with the heaviest users. (up to 800 lbs walking)   0.3 - 0.5 mph start speed, top speed 12-15 mph. User capacity 200 to 350 lbs.
Economy   Super-efficient design decreases friction and saves electricity (50% less per year, per treadmill in a high use environment). Increased durability reduces overall repair costs and down time.   Replacement of belts and decks required every 10,000 - 20,000 miles on average. In high usage environments treadmills wear out and must be replaced sooner. Uses 50% more electricity.
Life Expectancy
  Running surface lasts up to 150,000 miles.   With routine maintenance a conventional treadmill should last approximately 40-60,000 miles.
Accuracy of Measurements   Drive system eliminates belt slippage and projects true speed accurate within 1/10 mph. Does not vary with weight of the user. Even the largest users can feel comfortable.   Display projected is motor speed, which varies with the weight of the user, belt wear and slippage. Heavier users will cause the belt to slow on each step resulting in uneven speed and uncomfortable conditions.