Nah, you still get tired after a few hours.
I do have on in front of my bench, They are good for the money. Industrial
mats can easily be $25 to $60. If I get to Woodcraft this week I'll pick up
a couple at that price.
It depends on what you mean by "work."
On concrete, I'd say they are a minimum for what works. I've been
thinking about building a platform of 2x4s and topping it with T&G
subfloor. Then the mats would REALLY work. :-)
On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 13:48:46 -0800, woodgrinder wrote:
Coupla borgs around here have a chipboard-on-plastic, 2 foot square, T&G
for $5 a piece. Supposed to not need a platform.
Myself, I have a $5 carpet runner from the grocery store. When I can't
sleep 'cause my legs ache, I wander downstairs in my moccasin slippers and
putter around in the shop. Hmmm.
"Keep your ass behind you"
vladimir a t mad scientist com
We've got "anti-fatigue" mats at work, and they sort of work,
depending on what you're expecting them to do! If you're going to be
standing in one place for quite some time, they do help quite a bit
with knee strain, and they're also good for keeping your feet a little
warmer if you're on a concrete floor in a cold shop. If you walk
around a lot in your shop, the benefits are greatly reduced, and they
can be a trip hazard, especially if the corner gets folded up. For
ten bucks apiece, it's probably work trying them out and seeing if
they work for you. If they don't do what you'd like them to, you can
always place them under machines to dampen vibration a little or use
them for laying under your car when you've got to work on it. (If
you're like me, this gets done in the driveway, because the shop owns
We've been buying our mats online from Classic flooring their prices
include shipping right to our door. To get to their website which is
called Classiccarpetmills.com here's the link
http://www.classiccarpetmills.com we've been very happy with their
products which include custom entrance mats with our logo, anti-static
mats, safety mats and many other types of floor coverings and mats.
A few years ago we were tearing carpet out of the house. It showed a
little wear in some places but mostly my wife didn't like the color. I
decided that it would make a decent cover for my shop floor. It was
free. It works great aside from the fact that it is hard to locate a
small screw dropped on the floor.
Finding a screw is easy if you know how. Take a just finished project all
nice and shiny. Put it on the carpet for just a second or two. Slowly tilt
the wood up and the screw will be embedded into the wood for easy removal.
I use an interlocking system of mats around my main workbench that
definitely reduce the strain of working on a plain concrete floor. I found
them several years ago in a Sams Wholesale store at about $7.00 per package
of four. Each mat is approximately 2' x 2'. They even came with matching,
interlocking edge pieces to eliminate the jagged interlocking toothed edges.
The only problem was that each package contained one each of the four
primary colors of red, green, blue and yellow - a bit loud for my tastes.
Since then, I have seen similar packages of four mats, the same size, at
Home Depot. Only there they were over $20 per package. They were a nice,
neutral gray color, but for that much savings, I can squint. Once they get
a bit of wear on them, who cares?
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