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  • #51735
    jim_hunt17
    Pro
    Milwaukee, WI

    I looked for a thread on this but could not find one. Does anyone use these in their shop?

    http://www.mattingexperts.com/Industrial-Safety-Anti-Fatigue-Mats-s/109.htm?gclid=CMvd07PauLoCFYhcMgodcWgAHw

    Use something else? or nothing at all?

    Just wondering because I am looking into something for my garage floor where my work space is so I am not standing on concrete.

    Jim H.
    Milwaukee, WI

    #51751

    Needless to say, that website definitely seems to have the need covered in terms of having a plethora of options!

    This topic came up in another forum category and we had some thoughts there…

    http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/anti-fatigue-floor-mats/

    Still, I think it would be great to bring it back up 🙂

    John S

    #51754
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    I have some anti fatigue mats in front of my benv
    And by my break in my shop. They are the interlocking tyop that I got out of a retaoil space we remodeled

    #51764

    I use them in my shop and it makes a big difference on the concrete. I have purchased them from different sources and at different times. I would say investigate the mat before you buy as some offer a lot more cushioning, thus comfort, than others. Also, for some reason some mats love to hold onto the sawdust etc. and do not clean up as well as I like.

    #51777
    MKE_Voltage
    Moderator
    Saint Francis, WI

    We use them everywhere in the shop. If its by metal and cutting fluid we use a rubber mat with the holes in it so that its easier to clean and keep dry. For all other areas we use a rubber covered foam mat. I find that they really take stress off not only the legs but the lower back.

    #51913

    Is it possible to get a mat that is comfortable, doesn’t hold dust (easy to clean), AND has a long life (doesn’t start to cave in where you stand after some good use)

    John S

    #51925
    jdw1865
    Pro
    Dewey, OK

    My wife has one in front of the kitchen sink. Works really well. We had them in a lab in NC. It was a life saver. We were often on our feet at the bench for hours at a time. When I get a shop set up, I will have some sort of anti-fatigue mats.

    #51941
    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    I use a 1 inch thick rubber mat where i do most of my work and it helps a lot on my feet and back .

    #51954
    woodman_412
    Moderator

    I used to use a anti-fatigue mat from Lee Valley in my old shop on the concrete floor but I don’t use any at all now with the wood floor in my new shop. I do have one mat with holes in it that isn’t that great at the countertop shop but we need a better one and more of them.

    Dan

    danpattison.com

    #51970

    Any more specifics as to their brands / where you got it from (besides the whole Lee Valley thing that Dan is constantly mentioning 😛 hah)

    John S

    #51979
    jdw1865
    Pro
    Dewey, OK

    The ones in the Lab came from Fischer Scientific and the wife’s kitchen mat came for Le “Garage Sale”

    #51986
    MKE_Voltage
    Moderator
    Saint Francis, WI

    John, if you are looking for a really durable and comfortable get a restaurant mat. The kind of mat that is about an inch thick and had 1″ holes. I think you could get one at a restaurant supply store.

    #51989
    jdw1865
    Pro
    Dewey, OK

    Jason,
    Your comment made me think of local Ag Supply stores such as Tractor Supply. They usually have thick rubber mats for horse stalls. I figure if they can hold up to and cushion a full grown horse then the should last forever for people.

    #51990
    jim_hunt17
    Pro
    Milwaukee, WI

    Wow guys, lots of great ideas here. I need to find some to buy. Sorry about starting a new thread when there already was one. So many threads to go through

    Jim H.
    Milwaukee, WI

    #51991

    Good thoughts Jerry and Jason… Though the downside to the mat having holes in it = dust and whatnot falling into it = a pain to clean…

    John S

    #51999
    MKE_Voltage
    Moderator
    Saint Francis, WI

    If you get a mat with complete holes then your standing surface will stay clean and when you go to clean you can pick it up and sweep.

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    #52038

    Another good source for mats is Gemplers.

    #52093

    If you get a mat with complete holes then your standing surface will stay clean and when you go to clean you can pick it up and sweep.

    Yeah I guess that could be true. But if it was a large mat it might be kinda heavy (no idea how many lbs)???

    John S

    #52468
    jim_hunt17
    Pro
    Milwaukee, WI

    That is a good idea Brendan. I have used the search feature a couple of times but never come up with threads that I am looking for. Let’s pass this on to Aaron.

    Jim H.
    Milwaukee, WI

    #52470
    jim_hunt17
    Pro
    Milwaukee, WI

    Brendan I moved your reply out of this thread and into forum improvements so Aaron sees it. And mostly because I have never done it before and wanted to try out some of my new moderator settings 🙂 thanks for being a guenie pig

    Jim H.
    Milwaukee, WI

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