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Old 11-17-2009, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Floor Protection from Studs

I'm looking for rubber matting for my garage floor. I'm currently using a rubber truck bed liner that seems to be plenty durable for my studded track, but I would like something longer. I would be placing the matting on my garage floor leading to my trailers ramp. I could use two rubber truck bed mats, but I would prefer a one piece mat that I could just roll up when not using. 15' to 20' in length would be nice. I have seen the coin pattern rubber trailer/garage floor matting, but was told that it wouldn't be durable enough for for the studs. Do you have any suggestions? If so, please let me know. Thanks in advance, Ray
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lab Safety Supply - Safety Products, Material Handling, Industrial Supply, Respirators, Safety Glasses and More! have mats like factorys have, very durable but pricey.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, anything like that will be pricey, I've turn up the concrete on my garage floor with my studs and carbides, the first time wasn't pretty.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Same here.
I think I'll lay down some OSB this year and screw it to the concrete.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There's an idea. Once I get my own garage I will put something down. My non-studded track goes across the garage fine, but those studs hate it! I'm renting now, so not my problem
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Old rubber conveyor belting work well if anchored to the floor.

Mining/ refining industry may have some discarded stuff available.

You can always throw a dolly under the track while still on the short strip you have and roll it off to the storage area.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I just put roll on truck bed liner on the ramps and floor of my big trailor! It seems real tough!
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the ideas. Ray
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Go to a farm store and get a roll of cow mat.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Picked up a 4 x 8' x 3/8 inch rubber truck bed mat at TSC. This mat is made by Dee Zee which "is not" cut out for wheel wells, but can be cut to your liking. This mat also has Nycord which makes it that much stronger. Time will tell as far as durability, but it looks and feels like it will take abuse and do the job. Thank to all of you for your input, Ray
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TSC had the stall mats at one time real heavy and would be more price effective for you.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a 1" thick 4x8 industrial rubber mat, works great studs won't go through and carve up the garage floor.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have a few of these rubber mats my father brought home. He used to teach Hunters Education in my hometown and when the firing range got new mats he brought a few home. They are long and skinny, about 10" wider than the track on either side, about an inch and a half thick and very HEAVY duty and durable, and I believe they were used for shooting in a prone position (laying down). They may have covered the walls for sound deadening also, Im not sure its been a long time since I was 12 years old and in that gun range to see how they were used. They work great though and are about as long as my whole sled, so when I have the track on the pad I can spin the entire sled around on the garage floor where it sits without big gouges from my many long studs! Slides quite nicely too because they used some sort of a clear coat on them that helps them last longer, and they are slippery enough to spin the whole sled on the garage floor!
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