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.


Figure 1-Eucalyptus mat sizes. 6″, 6.75″, 8″, 10″ and 12″ square blocks

Specific solution:

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):