EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE AND TIPS
Save time and headaches, We lost count of how many gyms
we have been to, that constantly have equipment problems.
From broken straps and attachments, it is a never ending job
keeping the equipment in working order.
- The bungi cords on the double-end bags are constantly
breaking. The cords get frayed, but usually the metal
hooks are first to go. Instead of running back and forth
to the hardware store, buy bungi cord by the roll. Cut
the cord to length.
- OPTION: Wrap leather or tape
around the ends of the bungi cord, attach directly to the
- Eventually the leather straps on your double-end bag
will wear through. To prevent this, a strip of leather
added to the inside of the strap, acts as a buffer from
the rubbing action of the bungi cord attachment. Glue,
sew or tape in place.
- Fill the bladder to the manufacturer's recommended
psi. Buy an air gauge that is accurate at low pressures.
New bladders are cheap, but replacing them takes
- To adjust the height of double-end bags, you can tie
a knot in the bungi cord. IMAGE
Anywhere that leather makes contact with moving parts,
rub powdered graphite into the leather.(Can also use a
graphite pencil). Less friction equals less wear and tear.
Stop the friction and prevent wear and tear.
DOUBLE-END BAG ATTACHMENTS
SPEEDBAG AND PLATFORM
- Always keep your speed bag platform lubricated as
required. Use the same kind of grease. If not sure,
remove the old grease and reapply.
- Platform crank and gears can be major headaches.
Repairs require handyman experience. Could involve
tightening up some bolts to adjusting the crank shaft
CRANK SHAFT ALIGNMENT
You might need to be creative.
- Speedbag swivels can make you crazy! When you find
that perfect speedbag and speedbag swivel combination,
As the owner of a gym, you will always be replacing
different attachments. The secret here is to buy replacement
parts made with hardened metal. Boat and marine supply
stores carry top of the line attachments.
- Swivels break on a regular basis. As with other
attachments, pay the extra cost for quality and you will
be rewarded with less maintenance. Boat and marine stores
carry large selections of swivels. For apx. $15 you can
get a swivel that will never break under normal
conditions. Of course you won't get that world champion
feeling of punching a heavy bag and have it come crashing
- S-Hooks will wear through. Metal rubbing against
metal, something has to give. S-hooks that are made with
hardened steel, cost a little extra, but can last
Prevent rust!!! This is a killer. Rust is like mold. Once it
takes hold, seems to grow like crazy. A big problem with
weight sets and other equipment. Prevention is the best.
There are many specialty sprays, but regular 3-in-1 oil,
rubbed on with a rag works pretty good.
When you see any rust start to develop, rub off with
steel wool and repaint.
Unless you can afford to hire a professional contractor,
you need to be creative.
Stainless steel D-Hook. After a couple thousand hours
use, not even a scratch. Cost $25 from boat and marine
Heavy duty swivel. 74,000lbs. load weight. This will
never break. Cost $40 from boat and marine supply
This image shows a broken double-end bag strap, that has
been repaired. Cost $10 at the local shoe repair shop.
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