Minnesota Spring Conditions No Match For Ground Protection Mats

Industrial By Products Delivers with Ground Protection Mats

By Brett Hart

Greatmats Ground Protection Mats in Muddy FieldFor 42-year old soil testing and trucking expert Jason Williams, who owns Industrial By Products, LLC in Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, spring ground conditions used to cause significant delays for his business. That is until he discovered 3×8 foot ground protection mats on Greatmats.com.

”I figured they would be ideal size and weight for what do,” Williams said.

Industrial By Products, has been in business for 4 years. As part of its service, it delivers low-cost fertilizer to farmers and spreads lime and ash. This requires accessing farm field’s with loaded semis.

Greatmats Ground Protection MatsTo keep his mats evenly spaced to match up with his semi tires, Williams and his crew customized some half-inch rebar for links.

Williams said the rebar ”seems to work pretty darn great. I think the smooth one like you guys have wood be better though.”

”The great mats (ground protection mats) have allowed us to continue delivering material even in the spring of the year with the soft ground conditions,” Williams added. ”They have been wonderful!”

Jason Williams
Industrial By Products LLC
Sturgeon Lake MN
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Axel Landscape Looking Forward to More Fun with Ground Protection Mats

Minnesota Landscaper Makes the Switch from Plywood to Ground Protection Mats

Protecting lawns is a top priority for longtime Minnesota landscaper Chris Axel of Axel Landscaping, which is why he used to buy and replace numerous sheets of plywood each year to protect lawns from his equipment.
Greatmats Skid Steer Ground Protection Mats at Axel Landscaping

”We do pretty much all renovation, not really new construction,” Axel said. ”So we are pretty much always going over existing lawns.”

When driving machinery that, when loaded, can weigh in excess of 11,500 pounds, lawn damage is bound to occur if the yard is not properly protected. He noted that it is much better to keep existing lawn than to re-sod, as it saves time, money and hassle.

”Even if you’re going to re-sod it, it’s not going to look the same for a few months,” Axel added. ”A lot of clients haven’t really thought about that part. A lot of companies will destroy the yard and then charge to fix it.”

Axel’s team was able to use his plywood sheets for 70 to 75 jobs where they drive compact track loaders, skid-steers and mini track loaders across them.

”If we’re on super soft lawns, we’ll wheel barrow across the plywood too,” Axel added. ”It’s super important for people. We tell people, we bring plywood to every job and most likely we’ll be able to do the whole job without hurting their lawn. And they really love that.”

There were a few problems with that scenario, however.

Struggles with Plywood

”The act of using (plywood sheets) destroys them,” Axel said. ”Plywood gets wet and gets a lot heavier. It’s kind of sort of floppy. The longer you have your plywood, the more the edges get destroyed so it just gets harder and harder to move them around and use them. You start having little holes that aren’t covered anymore, but you don’t want to buy new plywood. … After one season they are pretty much destroyed.”

After 18 years of dealing with the hassles of plywood, Axel finally bit the bullet and purchased a couple dozen 4×8 foot sheets of rugged clear polyethylene Ground Protection Mats from Greatmats.com.

Plywood Used at Axel Landscaping before Greatmats Ground Protection Mats

Welcome Change
”I wanted to get these because these will last basically forever,” Axel said. ”I’ve been waiting for about 10-12 years for the time I felt like I could drop thousands of dollars on these mats, but I’m really glad I got them. It’s worth it.”

On his first job using the mats he said, ”Already, I can see the difference where these are a lot better. … Even with the plywood, we didn’t even hardly ever use the wheeled machine across the plywood because the plywood can’t support it. … We can bring our wheeled bobcat to jobs where we would have had to bring the track one before.

”Because they (ground protection mats) can support so much more weight than plywood can. I can envision times for sure where we’re going to use these and drive our trucks across somebody’s back yard an dump right where we want our load of dirt.”

In addition to increased durability, the ground protection mats will also save a lot of time, energy and hassle as his new mats won’t break, splinter, waterlog or warp and carry a lifetime warranty.


”At times where I can back my truck up and dump something out instead of having to scoop that stuff out and drive it back there with a bobcat,” Axel said. ”Right there, maybe you save an hour.”

In ideal conditions, the new mats weigh about 10 pounds more the the 15/32-inch thick plywood sheets he had been using previously. But in wet or muddy conditions, the advantages of ground protection mats become obvious as each plywood sheet could gain up to 50 pounds when waterlogged.

”I can already see that these are going to be easier to move around,” Axel said. ”They’re not going to get wet all the time. It’s going to be less work for us to deal with them, which saves more energy for doing stuff that you’re making money doing.”

Axel is also happy to be able link the mats together.

”When you’re trying to turn 90 degrees on plywood, they squirt around,” he said. ”Somebody has to keep moving them back. … That’s a huge reason to get these. You can link two together and now you have a pad so you can turn. That would often be the trouble spot. We could get all the way to the back yard and patio, but you can’t make the turn so you’re stuck screwing up grass that you have to fix.”

There’s also the traction factor

”We bought these things one side smooth and one side diamond pattern,” Axel said. ”I’m quite sure with the diamond pattern down these will help hold better on the hill – as you’re going down the hill. These shouldn’t be a prone to slipping.”

Greatmats Ground Protection Mats at Axel Landscaping

And since Axel purchased clear Ground Protection Mats, he can leave them on the ground longer without killing the grass underneath.

”At three days, plywood starts to affect the grass underneath,” he said. ”It’s a lot of work to pick up all the plywood and set it aside overnight and put it back in the morning. We should be able to leave these down for a full five-day work week, pick them up for the weekends, and put them back on Monday. That will legitimately save a lot on any jobs longer than three days.”

”This is the kind of investment that it’s hard to see right off the bat how it’s going to make you money, but I think they are,” Axel added. ”Dealing with crappy stuff is no fun. The more things you can remove from this process that aren’t fun, the better it can be.”

Greatmats Ground Protection Mats used by Axel Landscaping
Chris Axel
Axel Landscape
Hopkins MN 55343
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Temporary Roadway Panels

Since 1994, AlturnaMats has been making Temporary Roadway Panels.  They are the inventor and innovator of these products and, when you compare their product to the competition’s, it shows. When it comes to quality, these temporary roadway mats are the best products on the market.  Every ground protection mat that we offer is backed by AlturnaMats’s Lifetime Warranty.  This is the most tested, best backed, and longest lasting lawn protection product you will find anywhere.

Temporary Roadway Panels are excellent for keeping grass and turf safe from heavy machinery or heavy foot traffic.  These panels provide a surface that is easy to walk on, safe to work on, and great to drive on.  With their exclusive slip-resistant tread design, they provide sure-footed traction even in rainy weather. They work great for providing a dry surface for outdoor functions like weddings or family reunions.  Great for keeping your guests from getting their shoes covered in mud!  They are great for providing extra traction for heavy machinery when the ground is soft or muddy.
This is also the only ground protection product on the market that is made in-house.  In addition, our pricing is the most competitive for the highest quality product you can find.  Other, inferior products are out there but none will give you the durability or the warranty that come with the AlturnaMats product.
These rugged mats are made of 1/2″ thick recycled polyethylene material so they are virtually indestructible. They can withstand vehicles weighing up to 60 tons. The mats will bend but do not break. These ground protection mats have also been tested in record cold and heat.  Temporary Roadway are also available in white, making them ideal for safe use as long walkways even in dark conditions.
Made in America, Temporary Roadway is an eco-friendly product.

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