Q: What is an "exposed bolt mat"?
A: An "exposed bolt mat" is a mat with one of its timbers on each end cut shorter than the others—or "notched"–to expose the bolting rod for use as a lifting point.
Q: What is a "cabled mat"?
A: A "cabled mat" is a mat with 2 holes drilled around the first rod at the ends of mats. A cable is then looped through the holes and clamped together, thus allowing the cable loop to be used as a lifting point.
Q: What size rods are used in your mats?
A: 12′ Mats utilize 1 1/4" rods at the ends of the mats and 1" rods in middle. 8" mats utilize 1" rods throughout.
Q: What type of wood is used in the making of your mats?
A: We use Mississippi mixed hardwoods, never poplar, willow, cottonwood, or cypress, or any other inferior hardwood.
Q: What's the difference between a "laminated mat" and a "crane mat"?
A: A laminated mat is a 3–ply board, fastened together with either nails or carriage-head bolts, with lifting cables on each end. Laminated mats come in a standard size of 8' wide x 6" thick x 16' long, and are commonly used for board roads, oil field locations, trucks, and rubber tired equipment.
A crane mat is a series of four timbers, 8–12" thick and 16-40′ long, commonly used for bridge/trusses, roads, wetland ROW, crane and excavator support, barge deck protection, temporary bridging, and most all track equipment.