Frequently Asked Questions

How are your mats STRONGER?


Plantation eucalyptus is stronger than domestic USA hardwoods. In fact, compared to Southern Red Oak mat, our Eucalyptus mats have: 32+% greater crushing strength ​40+% greater bending strength 20% lighter weight 19% harder surface As durable to rot and insect 10 - 40% lower Total Cost of Ownership How can we measure that one wood material (species) is stronger than another wood material? Fortunately, three very well-respected organizations have done the heavy lifting and provide a huge amount of reliable data. There are two American standards and one European standard for reliable data. 1. The US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) publishes the definitive sourcebook for wood species. The Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material is available free here. Chapter Five shows testing data for all domestic and Canadian woods and many imported species including eucalyptus. 2. The second source, the American Wood Council, publishes their National Design Specifications for Wood Construction (NDS) as well as a Supplement that lists most North American woods and their working characteristics (for example, bending strength, compressive strength, and others). Much of the NDS data originates with the FPL data. 3. The (excellent and simple) Eurocode 5 specification classifies wood strength into general wood classes, where higher is better. For example, European Oak, which itself is stronger than American Oak, is class D30. Eucalyptus is class D40.
All things being equal, stronger materials tend to produce stronger results.




How are your mats SAFER?


In respect to product safety we know that: Safety is the result of applying strong raw materials in a standardized manner to produce a superior product. In respect to vendor safety we work: Only with the highest qualified vendors and we work with them to improve their operations. With a large number of vendors so we don’t over-stress any single provider. With large logistics providers with extensive experience. In respect to our production safety we: Use a system of continuous improvement in production Maintain high safety standards, implementation and monitoring of our processes.




How are your mats more STANDARDIZED?


Please see our standards below (all of which are also part of our guarantee!): 1. Single Eucalyptus species.
2. End sealant.
3. End caps.
4. Substantially no wane.
5. No rot, no bark.
6. Square edges.
7. ASTM F1554 or better bolts.
8. Plantation sourced sustainable supply.
9. Bug treatment compliant with Federal USDA regulations.
10. Quality Control Bar Code Standards increase reliability, decrease price, increase safety, and make everything run better. Unfortunately, the timber mat industry has almost no standards. We believe standardization is the next logical evolution in the mat industry and we are at its vanguard.




How do your mats reduce TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP?


Conversations with our customers have shown that mat users are concerned about three things: 1. Initial purchase price - We target this by providing market-competitive pricing. 2. Cost of moving mats to and between jobs - For 18’ x 8” x 48” mats one truck is approximately 16-18 mixed hardwood mats vs. 21-22 eucalyptus mats. 3. Quality and longevity of their purchased mats - All things being equal, stronger materials tend to produce stronger results. This applies to durability and longevity as well. To give an example, imagine if you were able to capitalize the initial purchase price of your mat over four uses vs three uses - you will have reduced your total cost of ownership by 25%! Five uses vs three uses would get you 40%! We cannot tell you how many uses you will get out of our mats because every business is different and each business has different variables that affect mat durability and longevity. However, all things being equal, stronger materials tend to produce stronger results - we would like you to have stronger results!




What are your standard dimensions?


Our standard dimensions are 18'x4'x8" and 16'x4'x12".




Do you provide custom dimensions?


Custom dimensions are available upon request. Our mats can have a standard notch (see brochure) or a 3" safety notch to reduce tripping hazard. We can notch our mats on both sides or just one side - a 3" safety notch is the minimum requirement.




How are your mats more SUSTAINABLE?


Timber mats in general have a positive impact on the environment; they reduce impacts on the soils of construction projects. The use of Eucalyptus mats provides eight further environmental advantages relative to the use of USA natural hardwoods. It all starts in the forest. 1. The first Eucalyptus advantage is adding tree cover to land areas that don’t have it. We source our mat timbers from Eucalyptus plantations. These plantations are typically grown on soils that had little to no tree cover before planting. In our region, no native forests are cleared for Eucalyptus plantations. Government regulations are stringent and meticulously enforced. In comparison, most USA hardwoods are already in forest cover and, with the exception of cutting near riparian habitat, most hardwood forests are not protected from a regulatory standpoint. 2. The second Eucalyptus advantage is that an acre of Eucalyptus plantation provides more tree biomass than a USA hardwood forest can. A Eucalyptus plantation grows approximately five times more tree biomass per acre than a USA natural hardwood forest produces. 3. The third Eucalyptus advantage is that Eucalyptus has lower harvesting carbon emissions per boardfoot. Eucalyptus trees are typically grown about 10 – 12 feet apart. Compare that with harvestable trees in a SE USA hardwood forest, which may be as far as 30-60 feet apart. That means that the carbon emissions per tree generated in harvesting activities in the USA are approximately three to five times that of a Eucalyptus plantation. Furthermore, Eucalyptus plantations tend to use machines that can do three operations at once – cut logs, remove branches and load onto a truck – very rapidly and efficiently. With USA hardwood operations there will often be three different operators and machines doing the same job as one machine at a plantation. 4. The fourth Eucalyptus advantage is that carbon footprint per mat delivered for Eucalyptus mats are about 20% less than a corresponding USA hardwood mat. 5. The fifth Eucalyptus advantage is that Eucalyptus has much lower environmental impact on soils. Our Eucalyptus plantations are grown on well-drained, relatively flat soils. Run off and soil erosion is minimal. SE USA hardwood forests tend to be on bottom soils and soil compaction during harvesting is a real issue. And, because we can get into our Eucalyptus plantations 12 months out of the year negative impact on soils and water quality is spread over a longer period than when entering USA forests during a much shorter logging season. 6. The sixth Eucalyptus advantage is much lower collateral environmental damage. Plantations tend to be owned by well-financed companies who can afford to build excellent infrastructure. In comparison, most landowners in SE USA hardwood stands tend to be small, private landowners, who find infrastructure costs prohibitive. 7. The seventh Eucalyptus advantage is better environmental standards and/or internal standards. Plantation owning companies tend to have very high standards and entire departments related to Health, Safety, and Environment. In contrast, most SE USA hardwood owners rely on independent logging contractors to do everything for them. 8. The eighth Eucalyptus advantage is using our mats doesn’t add to the threat to SE USA hardwood forests and the biodiversity which they contain. SE USA hardwoods are also poorly regulated. Of the eight southern states, only about 10% of the forest is protected. Using a species like Eucalyptus that is grown in plantations, and which can take the pressure off of SE hardwood forests makes sense.




Do you offer both buying and renting options?


Both financing options are available upon request.





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