Heavy Equipment Matting

Railroad ties, also called cross ties, are chemically treated or creosated planks of wood that were once laid on railway tracks to create the cross base for which the train rode upon. But as railway tracks were dug up or no longer in use, the planks were discarded. Rather than being sent to the garbage dump, they have been reclaimed by timber companies, railway supply companies and landscapers who see the function and natural beauty of these ties extend far beyond their underappreciated use on a countryside railroad.

Because railway ties are easy to work with and require only a few tools and additional materials to complete a project, using them as matting device for heavy equipment can cost far less in comparison to using a plastic or fiberglass mat, which require more money and more labor to build and install them.

Heavy equipment matting is laid on the ground and allows for large vehicles, massive equipment or utility vehicles. In doing so, it protects the ground, lawn and landscaped areas from being ruined or crushed by the weight of the vehicle. It also provides an instant portable pathway that is both pedestrian-friendly and equipment-friendly that allows for efficient loading and unloading of materials.

Railway tie matting offers incredible versatility and can be used for a number of functions. They are quick to build and provide a near instant access pathway for heavy equipment to travel on and park.

Matting made from railway ties can be used for the following purposes:

  • Landscapers
  • Event companies
  • Utility workers
  • Mobile homes
  • Moving companies
  • Road construction companies
  • Building or oil contractors
  • Outdoor arenas like parks or stadiums
  • Excavators
  • Pipelayers

Heavy equipment matting must be durable, strong and able to withstand both incredible weight and a variety of terrains like grass, mud, sand or other soft or hard terrains. Railways ties are such a formidable solution for creating a heavy equipment mat because of their capacity to support a tremendous amount of weight. Since the ties were once used to support a massive train operating at high speeds, it is sure enough able to support the weight of a heavy duty vehicle. Furthermore, the solid mats created by sturdy railway ties support heavy loads while also enabling the utility vehicle to operate on a host of unstable or soft soil ground conditions.

Railway ties best used for heavy equipment matting are those made of softer woods like spruce and pine because they are more pliable and flexible and they don't crack or splint like a hard woods do. Plus because railway ties are heavily creosated, or treated so that they can withstand fluctuations in temperature as well as hold up to the natural weathering process, they are ideal materials to have outside for extended periods of time. In fact, because of their inherent natural structure, they can safely and confidently be used in any kind of weather.

And unlike other materials used for heavy duty mats, railway ties offer an environmentally-friendly solution that re-uses a natural material for another functional purpose without introducing toxic chemicals or materials into the environment. Not only can you feel confident that the ground underneath your utility vehicle is protected, but also that you are doing your part to protect the earth above, around and below you.

R+R's railroad ties are lightweight, can be nailed without drilling and laid down in any variety of lengths, depending upon your matting needs. They also offer easy portability so that they can moved, installed, broken down and re-installed on an as-need basis. If you are creating semi-permanent or permanent mat, they require very little, if any, maintenance.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact R+R. Our timber and landscaping experts can help you select the best ties for your matting needs.