Crane access can be a challenge on the most accessible and stable of work sites due to the size, weight and limited manoeuvrability of heavy lifting vehicles – but Timbermat’s heavy duty crane access mats are up to the task while bringing all of the benefits of using responsibly sourced timber mats.
In comparison with alternatives like steel crane mats, timber crane mats offer several advantages:
- Constructed from sustainable, responsibly sourced materials.
- Natural timber mats can be used on environmentally sensitive job sites.
- Value derived from use rather than intrinsic materials, so little to no theft risk.
- Good flexibility and densely woven hardwood timber grain helps to absorb forces.
- Range of thicknesses allows for substantial temporary roadways and crane platforms.
We have crane access mats capable of carrying many tons of load per mat – and as the load is always likely to be spread over multiple mats at any one time, the combined effective strength can be even higher than the rated max load per individual mat.
What size crane access mat is available?
The ideal size of crane access mat for your needs depends on what you are trying to achieve and on the weight of your crane vehicle or other lifting equipment.
For example, crane access mats used to build temporary roadways to transport vehicles and machinery on to the site may only need to cope with the weight of the crane itself and only for a short period of time as it passes along its way.
In comparison, if you use timber crane mats to build an actual lifting platform and a staging area for construction supplies and materials too, the access mats you use should be rated for the total combined weight of the crane, stored materials and any items being lifted off of the ground too.
Our hardwood timber mats come in thicknesses starting from 70 mm but it is likely that for heavy lifting projects, you will need heavy duty crane access mats closer to our 200-300 mm end of the range.
We also have two standard surface area sizes, either 1m x 3m or 1m x 5m. The smaller sizes are typically used for outrigger pads and narrow pathways, while our largest, thickest hardwood timber mats naturally have the greatest strength per mat – but again, when used in bulk, the weight of your crane may be carried by many individual mats at any one time, helping to spread the load.
Should I buy or hire crane access mats?
As mentioned above, wood access mats have little intrinsic value, so the theft risk and the cost of insurance can be much lower than when using equivalent steel crane mats – so you may wish to buy crane access mats of your own if you have suitable storage space.
Our heavy duty crane mats are available in tropical hardwood timbers including Ekki, one of the strongest, most durable tropical hardwoods on the planet, so you should expect many years of service from your crane pads.
However, if you prefer to hire crane access mats as and when you need them, we always aim to hold sufficient stock for typical orders and work with sustainable timber merchants so that we can obtain extra supplies if you have an unusually large bulk order to place.
More about crane access mats
If you would like to speak to a member of our team about crane access mats, from getting lifting vehicles on to your site safely, to overcoming the environmental challenges you face once you get there, we would be happy to help with any enquiries.
You can contact us using our online form to give us all of the details of your query in writing, and this helps us to make sure we, in turn, give you the best-tailored guidance for your specific situation, including recommending certain sizes or types of access mats if appropriate.
Or for an informal discussion about your upcoming project and what you are looking for from Timbermat, you can call us on 08000 12 12 31 and a member of our expert timber team will go through what you are facing and the best timber crane access mats for the job.