If you own a Sole treadmill, there is a good chance it will last a long time. So there is a good chance you will need to move your treadmill at some point. To make it a bit easier I’ve put together a guide for how to disassemble the Sole F80 treadmill for moving. What I’ve done is broken down the steps from the official manual in reverse and included images to make it easier to find and remove all the screws. And make sure you pay attention to the cables!
You can download the official Sole F80 Manual here.
How to Disassemble the Sole F80 Treadmill for Moving
Tools You Will Need
- Combination M5 Allen Wrench & Phillips Head Screw Drivers
- M6 Allen Wrench
- Phillips Head ScrewDriver
Step 1: Remove Console Mast Covers
First you are going to remove the two (61 & 62) console mast covers from the base of each side of the treadmill. To do this you will remove 6 screws, 3 from each side using the M5 allen wrench/phillips head tool. You leave the cover until you separate the side bars later in the process.
Step 2: Removing Center Support Tube
Next you are going to remove the emergency stop clip (75) and then lift the beverage holder (150) off of the center support tube. From here you are going to remove the four bolts holding the center support tube. There are two on each side (four total) button head socket bolts holding it in place.
Step 3: Remove Left and RIght Side Caps
Remove the left (63 & 65) and right (66 & 67) side caps from each side of the treadmill. You will do this by removing four screws from each side, eight screws in total using the combo M5 allen wrench & phillips head screwdriver.
Step 4: Removing the Console Assembly
Important: For this step you will be removing the main console assembly which will be attached to the base at each side with 3 connecting points. There is a very short lead on this cable. So it is suggested you have something at the same height to set the console on or to have someone to hold it for you while you disconnect the cables.
Start by using the M6 Allen wrench to remove two main bolts (133) and washer (113) from each side. Four in total. These are located on the backside under the main console (52) where it connects to each side bar (4 & 5). Once you loosen the bolts, be ready for the next step.
Step 5: Disconnect the Cables
Lift the main console off of the side rails slowly and just a few inches. Then you will disconnect two cable connections on the right side ( 37/54 & 48/50) of the console and one cable connection (38/55) on the left side of the console. Then place the main console someplace safe.
Step 6: Disconnect the Side Bars
Important: There is a cable connection with a few inches of lead located at the bottom of the right support bar. Be careful when lifting this out.
First lift the mast cover where the sidebar meets the base. Then M5 Allen and Phillips head combo to remove four socket bolts from each, eight bolts (130) in total holding the side bars in place. Be careful of the cable connector on the right side bar.
Step 7: Disconnect Right Side Cable
Slowly lift the right side up and then disconnect the cable connecting the two.
Step 8: Remove Speed Nut Clips
There are six speed nuts (128), three located on each side. You will see them in the image above.
Very easy to say remove the 4 screws, but a little difficult when you can’t see them and don’t have the original screwdriver. Why do they make these things so damned hard to deal with. There has to be a better way! I have hated this machine since I bought it three years ago. I have moved once and am moving again and nothing comes apart easy. Cheap screws and tools for an $1800 machine.
thanks, this made it much easier to figure out. I’ve had my f80 for about 10 years and have tinkered with repairs so was somewhat familiar with it. I’ve changed the deck once, routine lubrication etc…These are large, heavy, and unwieldy and it would be nice if they were designed to get a dolly under it for moving but this worked out fine. Yes you need some tools which I have so it was a piece of cake just knowning which screws attached to which and the order of removal. Great write up. Some rachet straps on the bottom help with providing a holding point for 2 people to move it around. Also, if needed some cardboard can be placed under it while moving and it can be slid if needed since I know many people are not very strong and this think is not easy to move but 2 people can do it with some patience.
These instructions were perfe t to get my Sole F80 dismantled down to the platform and frame. Next question, can I dismantle the frame Rome the platform? That would enable me to move it from the room.