I was just looking at anti-fatigue mats online, to put in front of my
bench, over the cement.
Is there a popular choice here, or a favorite? I won't disclose what I
looked at (online), but there was an 8x price difference between the
"solutions". I've also got some left over carpeting I could use that
may be alot better than nothing.
I used to stand in warehouse 8 hours a day on concrete. Guys driving
stand up forklifts stood 8 hours a day on metal. Shin splints are painful.
First get rubber sole shoes like Rocky Walkers. Then if you don't have
rubber mats, put down simple corrugated cardboard. Cardboard is a cheap
and comfortable fix which is what we all used in the warehouse,
including the stand up forklift drivers.
Agree with Lew. Found mats, of any kind, to be a waste of time and money
for my shops and eventually chunked the lot. Depending upon the size and
layout of your space, you may find a good pair of work shoes with custom
orthotic inserts will save money, hassle when cleaning up, and aggravation
when moving your machines and projects on and over a shop full of mats.
Spend hours on the concrete shop floor daily, wearing a pair of good shoes
and proper inserts, and leg and foot fatigue is the last thing on my mind,
even with these 70 year old parts.
Funny you guys should mention that. SWMBO talked me into spending some
real money on a good pair of running shows just for walking around in.
Not only do I notice less soreness on my back, but I cleaned the shop
soon after buying them and never felt the need to put my mats back down
on the floor.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I've used several alternatives to custom-purchased --
a) an old PU bedliner mat fits handily in front of the chopsaw bench in
the barn alleyway where it's set up -- it was in the used 4x4 bought and
for my purposes of a truck they're more bother than worth there so
b) several old cattle/horse barn mats from the milking parlor -- one of
them is in front of the bench.
Keep an eye open, stuff shows up where you may not expect it.
Like Swing, other than a couple of places I found over time that the
mats in the general shop area end up being more aggravation than worth
as don't stand in one spot in the other places besides the benches long
enough to make any difference on comfort and they're a nuisance in cleanup.
I have noticed that those times one is working on the floor it is nicer
to sit or kneel on a piece of carpet than the concrete.
You know how they say, "everyone wants a bench like they started with".
My dad built his a little too tall for himself, so he made a carpeted
stand about 3" high to put in front (so he could reach everything). And
what was his was mine... : )
It has been interest to note the range of opinions. I think that the
opinions highly-correlate with what people are doing. For instance,
I'll be doing some relief carving. I'll compare standing on my carpet to
the concrete and see if it makes any difference to me.
My opinion and it's just that mine.
The mats that interlock are better for a gym floor or kids play area. I
find my muscles tired at the end of the day after being on them. I
bought a couple of mats at woodcraft, and they have been much better.
More dense so your muscles are spending less time re compensating for
the softness, which in turn means that they are re-balancing you all day.
While carpet is a pain to clean, a very tight mat carpet is better than
the interlocking mats.
Definitely cover the concrete floor, your tools will thank you when you
drop a chisel. I put hard linoleum tiles on the floor and my chisels
will take a bite out of it rather than nicking an edge. Hopefully it
hits a mat.
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