|Review by ChunkyC||posted 11-02-2013 08:45 PM||2451 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve been using anti fatigue mats and even carpet remnants in the shop for a long time. I have a couple different styles and both are better than standing on concrete but still not great. I’ve had / used the rubber mats in the garage / barn for a long time but I finally moved one into the shop and bought 2 more today.
They are 6’ x 4’ x 3/4” thick solid rubber mat stamped Made in Canada. I would say, not knowing for absolute certainty, that they are made from recycled tires. My local farm store carries them and they are marketed as Horse Stall Mats and are about $40 USD each. That comes to $1.67 / ft^2. Not to bad for floor covering. You can find them online, at a premium price, listed as Rubber Stall Mats.
They are HEAVY and a real pain to move around. The combination of their weight and their flexibility is like trying to load dead weight in the trunk of your car. So to help drag them around, see picture 2, I attach a couple of clamps to one end and use those to get a better grip on the mat. If you have someone that you can call to lend a hand I would strongly suggest getting 1 or 2 people to lend a hand.
In picture 3 I tried to juxtapose it with one of the commonly available interlocking style mats. You can see that the Horse Stall Mats are much thicker. They are wonderful for reducing leg and foot fatigue!
- Edit: I just wanted to add a couple more things. 1) Because they are so thick, it can be difficult to roll portable tools up onto them. They aren’t very friendly with casters. 2) They vacuum GREAT! I seldom use a broom in my shop. I mostly use my dust collector or shop vac for cleaning up. The mats are so heavy that the suction from the vac doesn’t pull it up off of the floor like the lighter weight ant-fatigue mats do.
And they are Shop Dog Approved.
Did I mention that they are heavy? If you’re looking for something to stand on in the shop, you might consider Horse Stall Mats.
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135