Are your mats rated for zero-disturbance, especially in sensitive areas?
Yes. Our interlocking mats are the answer in environmentally sensitive areas. Weight is distributed equally and they will not pry apart under pressure. Heavy equipment can move about freely without damaging fragile topsoil and growth beneath.
Do you have a certificate of recognition?
Yes. Health and safety on the jobsite is everyone’s business and we take the well-being of our employees and their families very seriously. That commitment is backed by our C.O.R.# 20050212-9945.
What are the load rating specifications of your mats?
35,000 pounds per square foot. That makes them suitable for roadways, crane access, tank farms, and site access in soft ground zones.
How many mats, placed double wide, are needed to cover 1km of roadway?
438 interlocking mats will suffice. Given that one kilometer equals 3,280 feet, the math looks like this: 3,280 divided by 15′ = 218 x 2 = 438 mats. With that in mind, a few extra mats would be handy for constructing equipment turn outs or corners.
How many mats, placed double wide, will cover 1 mile of roadway?
704 mats will do a mile of roadway, placing them double-wide. One mile is 5,280 feet, divided by 15′ = 352 x 2. Don’t forget extra mats for corners and turn outs.
How many 8'x40' Mats will fit on a tractor trailer?
Generally speaking six or perhaps seven at the most, since our four-beam mats weigh in at 7,200 lbs each dry. However, a tractor trailer can manage 18 interlocking mats.
How many interlocking mats can a Super B carry?
Approximately 32. Keep in mind, though, that a Super “B” needs more open space to turn around. Some sites don’t have that kind of luxury.
Do your interlocking mats weigh more than oak mats
No. When each type of mat is brand new, they’re weight is about the same at 2,800 lbs. However, when oak mats get wet they weigh about 40% more. And, with all the mud, rocks, and debris that get lodged between the layers of wood, they’re about double their starting weight. Our interlocking mats will gain only a couple hundred lbs, due to water and mud encroachment. Keep in mind because of the three layered construction the oak or poplar mats are more prone to mud and other debris being imbedded between the three layers accounting for much of the increase in weight.
I've followed trucks carrying used matting with mud and field rubble caked in the side rails of the I-Beam. To me, that's a safety issue.
We agree. The side rail I-Beams on our mats are boxed-in, which prevents debris of any sort from collecting and becoming “road rash” during transport.
I've had the situation where oak mats froze into the ground and had quite the time getting them out. How are your mats any different?
Our mats are of 6-inch steel I-beam construction. If the mat is frozen in place, we simply lift the assembly from one end and break it free. Conditions can vary, though. The dismantling process gets a little more involved if the ends of the locking devices are caked with frozen mud and water. But, nothing is impossible!
Will your interlocking mats break under extremely cold operating conditions?
No. Their steel frame and wood base construction makes them virtually indestructible, even in the extreme cold.
Repair costs. What 'hidden expenses' like these can I expect?
Very few, if any, under normal use. Most repairs are needed due to improper installation or damage caused by heavy equipment crushing the sides of the mats. During removal, pulling the mats apart rather then lifting them can also take a toll.
Can track-bearing heavy equipment traffic damage your mats?
Yes. When stopped and spun on the spot, tracked vehicles cause damage. Ice cleats can also be detrimental. Damage to the interlocking side mechanisms can occur if the mats are pushed or hit sidelong, rather than endways.
Do your mats have a tendency to float, then lift and separate?
They might float to an extent, but will not separate. Our mats are constructed with of 50 linear-pounds/foot of 6-inch, I-Beam steel. Once in place, the interlocking mechanisms will keep them there – come hell or high water!
Some matting companies claim to be pro-active in sensitive areas even though they don't stay on the mats during installation. Do your guys work from the mats?
Yes. Our job is to lay the matting with the least amount of ground disturbance as possible. That can be tough to do at the outset, but once the first few mats are in place they become the working surface. The unique interlocking mechanisms on the Anchor Manufactured access mats make it possible for our installers to do so.
What equipment does Little Guy use for matting installation?
We have excavators equipped with specialty mat grapplers. It’s able to swing around and pick up the pair of 8′ x 15′ interlocking mats that our loader drops directly behind the unit. This saves having to turn the actual machine around every time. The loader is equipped with a special mat grapple that prevents mats from sliding off the forks.
We had some mats go missing and the rental company had no means of identifying them as they were not serialized. Are yours?
Yes. Every mat put on location has a serial number recorded on the delivery tickets for easy identification in the event of a problem.
Are the timbers in your mats chemically pressure-treated?
No. There is no risk of chemical seepage. Our timber is chemical-free pine or spruce, kiln -dried to a moisture content not exceeding 20%.
Are Little Guy mats fully recyclable?
Yes. Their life cycle is 15 years. The wood beams are fed into a chipper and the steel I-Beams are sent to a scrap dealer. Prior to the end of the life cycle, any damaged wood removed in the process is similarly sent off for recycling.
What's the single biggest reason I should use Little Guy's interlocking mats?
Improved worksite morale. We’ve seen it time and time again. An attitude shift happens within minutes of our arrival onsite – from general crankiness to big grins all around! People simply prefer working and driving on stable ground. Our matting surfaces not only improve worksite safety, it creates an operating environment that’s a lot easier on vehicles and bodies. Who wouldn’t? So, work gets done faster and easier.