Ekki (Azobe) Mats – Strong and Durable

Ekki mats are currently the strongest and most durable timber for mats. A Class 1 graded timber with a lifespan of over 50 years even in the poorest of conditions, Ekki is ideal to be used for timber mats in soft wet ground conditions. Due to its popularity and illegal logging the price of Ekki has steadily increased over the years, and it is proving more and more difficult to source. Timbermats Ekki mats were used in the demolition of the Manchester Precinct Centre, which can be seen here.


Ekki Hardwood Mats
Ekki Hardwood Mats

European Oak Quercus Petraea

A fairly hard, heavy and dense timber, with high crushing and bending strength, low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Ideal for timber mats for light to medium construction traffic. Widely available across Europe and with a durability class 2 rating, and can have an average service life of 15-25 years. European Oak mats are now hugely popular across the UK.

For more information on European Oak, see our featured news article or hire options


European Oak Hardwood Bog Mats
European Oak Hardwood

American Oak Quercus Alba

American white Oak is a hard and heavy wood, with low stiffness and medium crushing and bending strength. Manufactured into our thicker heavier mats for medium to heavy construction traffic, crane access and outrigger pads. Imported from North America under their SFI certification (Sustainable Forestry Initiative), guarantees the timber has been farmed and exported legally.

For more information on American Oak Quercus Alba, see our featured news article or hire options.

American Oak Hardwood Mats.

5 Reasons to use Hardwood Outrigger Pads

Crane outrigger pads give your lifting equipment a more stable platform, distributing its weight over a wider area, but why are hardwood outrigger pads in particular such a strong option?

Here are five of the best reasons to use hardwood outrigger pads, including some of the more obvious arguments, and some you might not have considered.

1. Strong and durable

Hardwood crane mats are surprisingly strong – the natural grain of the wood and flexing of the timber helps to absorb significant pressure during use.

Tropical hardwood mats, such as Ekki outrigger pads, last for even longer in good condition, and some of our timber mats to rent have been in service for years with no major signs of wear and tear.

2. Easy to use

Each hardwood outrigger mat weighs in at about 460kg at a size of 3m x 1m x 150mm, but they are easy to lift into place when you move your crane vehicles around the job site.

Two designated lifting points on each mat allow standard machinery to reposition them into a new place, so there’s no manual heavy lifting to take care of.

3. Renewable resource

Unlike plastic and steel outrigger pads, timber crane mats are produced from a completely renewable and sustainable resource, to Forest Stewardship Council standards.

Old worn-out mats are easily recycled without harming the environment, and new timber crane mats are easily available too, using sustainably sourced hardwood.

4. Protect above and below

Hardwood outrigger mats give your crane vehicle a wider area of contact with the ground, reducing its risk of toppling over.

But by doing so, they also spread the pressure over a larger area – this means less damage to the ground surface in any one area, and less landscaping to do in the final stages of your project.

5. Low intrinsic value

Steel outrigger pads have a high scrap metal value, which not only makes them prone to theft, but can also raise the level of insurance you need when you bring them on site.

Timber outrigger pads are worth just as much to your project, but are worth much less intrinsically, so that they don’t raise your insurance costs or risk of theft.

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