Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Need an alternative to a mixed hardwood mat that is more affordable and just as strong?
Summary: Using a strength-adjusted mat you can increase quality and decrease cost. Save between $35-$80 per mat. For some 12”applications you may save 50%, substituting one 12” Eucalyptus for two mixed hardwood mats.
Figure 1-Eucalyptus mat sizes. 6", 6.75", 8", 10" and 12" square blocks
Estimate the strength of mat you really need. Often, bending strength (Fb)will be most important factor, followed by shear (Fv). Eucalyptus is 43% stronger in bending strength and 32% stronger in shear than mixed hardwoods.
Consider the following table to compare your options: