Need an alternative to an oak or mixed hardwood mat that is more affordable, just as strong, and is carbon neutral?
Summary: Using a strength-adjusted mat you can increase quality and decrease cost. Use Total Cost of Ownership analysis and save between $300-$700 per mat. For some 12”applications you may save 50%, substituting one 12” Eucalyptus for two mixed hardwood mats.
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. (Note that “Estimated Eucalyptus Savings” applies to Purchase Price differential):