Crane mats give solid surface to earthwork platforms

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We often talk about using crane mats and temporary access roads to overcome challenging ground conditions on a particular construction site, or along the route vehicles and equipment needs to take to get there. But on large sites undergoing intensive redevelopment, the work itself can transform the landscape, making it even more important to use […]


Can temporary roadways turn corners?

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A commonly asked question about temporary roadways is whether or not they can turn corners, bearing in mind the straight edges of the timber mats used to construct them. The short answer to this is yes, they can – and you will see many images on the Timbermat website of where timber mats have been […]


What is the value of ekki timber mats?

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Ekki timber mats are made of hardwood, which in turn makes them hard-wearing temporary roadways and ground protection mats, but what is their value? This is a difficult question, as their intrinsic value is low – they won’t add to your insurance costs, and they’re less of a theft risk than metal sheets that can […]


How portable roadways prepare for the winter weather

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A few weeks ago we looked at how portable roadway systems help you to prepare for the autumn months, by covering over wet and muddy ground, or protecting exposed grass and soil against being churned up by heavy duty plant tyres.  But an even more challenging period is about to begin as we enter the […]


Five advantages of timber mats

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Timber mats are just one of several materials used for crane mats and bog mats – so why are they such a good option? 1. Intrinsic Value For once, the advantage of timber mats is not that they have any intrinsic value – but it is the fact that they do not. Lay even a […]


Ground protection mats go down for Didsbury Beer Festival

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The organisers of Didsbury Beer Festival took to Twitter on Monday October 24th to show preparations in full swing, with ground protection mats going down in the event’s main marquees. With recognition of South Manchester’s unpredictable weather conditions – especially in the autumn months – this year’s event comes complete with plenty of undercover space […]


Use heavy duty crane mats at the ‘right’ angle

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When using heavy duty crane mats to spread the weight of a very large tracked vehicle, an important rule of thumb is to remember that the timber crane pads should be used at 90 degrees to the direction of the tracks. Remember – a right angle is the ‘right’ angle – because if you lay […]


How crane mats and outrigger pads protect the ground during lifting

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Our articles often talk about soft ground and the importance of ground protection mats to prevent wheels from getting bogged down, or wet soil churned up into a quagmire of deeply rutted mud. But for heavy crane vehicles – which are often used on hard ground – it is essential to make sure suitable crane […]


Bog mats help cope with rapid weather changes

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With extremes of weather occurring not just more frequently, but also seemingly more randomly too, bog mats are likely to become an increasingly important way to protect ground conditions against the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns. September has been an unusual month for many parts of the UK, with some areas swinging back and […]

Pedestrian Walkway Mats

Bog mats create temporary pathways for wheelchair users

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When we talk about using bog mats to create temporary pathways for pedestrians, it is often a question of convenience – of making sure people on foot can access outdoor sites without having to trek through mud to get there. But in some circumstances, even a small amount of mud can make outdoor locations completely […]

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