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post #1 of 43 Old 03-04-2012, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Anti-Fatigue mats

Anyone use them? If so is there a particular brand/style you like. Just curious.

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We had then at the place I used to work. The girls who stood on them all day loved then. I was always moving around, so I never stood on one for very long. The type we had were industrial ones, 4'x8' and liquid (gel) filled. Thought about getting some for here, but with everything on wheels so it can be moved I didn't. Hard to find reliable mats on wheels....

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I have 24" wide conveyer belt salvaged from a gravel yard.

Tough stuff and very comfortable!

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When we built my shop, we built the floor with 2x12's 12" oc and 3/4 tounge and grooved plywood. I then used cork flooring for the surface. This floor provides enough cushion that I haven't felt a need to use pads. I have a friend that covered his concrete shop floor with interlocking rubber tiles. He can roll his machines around and still has a comfortable walking surface.
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If I ever move I'll do the wood floor in my new shop, but that's too impractical at this point. Just have 2 or 3 main areas in the shop where I stand relatively still, so I'll probably pick up a few gel mats.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Not sure if you have a Menards in your area, but I bought childsplay set mats for around $20.00 a package of 6, or 12 sq ft. they are blue in color and interlock. They are about 5/8" thick. I think I saw some at HF the last time I was there but they are just a little thinner, and black in color. Not sure how much but both provide some cushioning. I have had mine in my shop in my garage and they also keep the floor warmer. I live in the UP of Michigan. I also noticed they do not permit moisture from coming from under the floor, because they keep the floor temperature more uniform. One down side is you can not roll around equipment over the mats.
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No Menards but thanks for the tip. I'll look around for something like those. I really just need them at my bench and lathe.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I have the HF ones. It's a pack of 4 tiles. Sometimes they go on sale for like $8. I haven't had any others so I can't compare though.
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I used several different types. The ones with a smooth or ribbed surface are particularly slippery with saw dust. I've pretty much covered all the walking areas of my shop with the type in the picture. They have been great for my long days on concrete that didn't bother me when I was younger. Since my shop is at my home, I can spend 12 hrs. a day in there most days of the week. Different types of work shoes didn't help much. One nice advantage is that sawdust doesn't lay on top so I'm not tracking it outside of the shop or into the house. I can go weeks without vacuuming up the shop. The majority of my dust is collected but there is always some. They also capture small parts like a nut or washer so they don't roll off into oblivion. If I drop a tool, they seem to be safe, in the past, I have broken some by dropping on the concrete, a favorite Record 3 in 1 rabbet plane, for one.

If I need to move a machine, I can pull up one or more as needed. Every few months, I'll pull them all and do a complete clean up. They are 3'x3' and interlock. I started using them in the 90's that's at least 15 yrs. and they haven't broken down, worn or given me any problems. I haven't priced them in awhile but they were around $20 each. I'd buy a few now and then until the shop was covered. I also use them under my drum set and for the first time in over 50 years, my drums don't slide around, period. The negative is that they are murder when the ladies come in with high heels, and very uncomfortable in bare feet.
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If you have a Tractor Supply in your area that is another place you can check on the rubber mats that they put in stalls. In my area theprice they want for anti fatige mats these are cheaper and cover a larger area.

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i have the rubber mats from woodcraft . black 2ft x 4 ft. i think i paid 13 or 14 bucks on sale.

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My wife runs three beauty salons and the hairdressers all have anti fatigue mats at their stations. Lucky for me when they get torn or other issues, she'll replace them and I get the old ones.

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As posted above.....old conveyor and TS stall mats here.


Very deep subject.....footwear,concrete,yadayada.I know one thing,my next shop is gonna be a combo of hdwd and concrete.Haven't read anything on the subject,but have a feeling that going between the two flr types(conc...to wood)is going to be benificial.Its like having the rubber mats down.Hard to describe but I feel by not having just ONE type of floor,it keeps the juices flowing in your feet.....?BW

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I bought a few packs from Big Lots a few years back, and I suspect they're the same as what HF has. I placed them strategically around the shop where I have "stations" built. You can see in this pic I've got one in front of my table saw and in front of the drill press. While they're thin, I'll say this... it's better than standing directly on the concrete for sure. If I saw them on sale at HF for $8, I'd buy some more.


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I've been looking for awhile, and it's hard to judge from the package what will roll over well. If it's a smooth surface, most often it's too squishy. If it's solid, it's got a textured, diamond plate or coin surface. Most of the garage floor coverings don't work because they're textured.

I have a MDO floor that is damaged, I was thinking about evening it out and covering with cork. However to address the one area between my benches where nothing will roll and I stand the most, I was considering the Craftsman workshop mat or something similar. I want something nice and thick if I'm not concerned about something rolling. $40 is too steep, though.
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I bought the type that Taylor showed at BJ's Wholesale.
I love 'em!!!!!

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I have 2, both are the Craftsman Anti Fatigue mats from Sears. Very cushy. One is by the workbench, the other by the lathe. I tend to suffer from back problems, and fatigue particularly if standing for very long. These help out a LOT...

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BJ's Wholesale.
I love 'em!!!!!
i guess in these tough economic times youd have to get 'em wholesale !

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i guess in these tough economic times youd have to get 'em wholesale !
Subtle. Well played.
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