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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:24 pm 
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My workshop is out in my barn and is a bare concrete floor. After a long Saturday spent all day in the barn, my feet are really feeling sore. Any recommendations for anti-fatigue mats? Type, source, etc?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:32 pm 
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check out the horse mats from tractor supply. they go on sale a few times a year.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:09 am 
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In my basement workshop I have all of the area not occupied by machines or benches/cabinets covered with the interlocking 2' x 2' black foam mats that are available at Sam's, Costco, Amazon etc. They are relatively inexpensive and when the shop is reconfigured they are easy to revise to suit. When spending all day on your feet it is much more comfortable than concrete.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:17 am 
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zaret wrote:
check out the horse mats from tractor supply. they go on sale a few times a year.

Go figure, I was at Tractor Supply yesterday. I'll look into those.

Kevin Cullen wrote:
In my basement workshop I have all of the area not occupied by machines or benches/cabinets covered with the interlocking 2' x 2' black foam mats that are available at Sam's, Costco, Amazon etc. They are relatively inexpensive and when the shop is reconfigured they are easy to revise to suit. When spending all day on your feet it is much more comfortable than concrete.

Thanks Kevin - I was curious how well those interlocking mats held up over time and if they helped enough.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:54 pm 
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We have black cushion-like mats about 2x4 feet from some big box store. (Lowe's perhaps). They work fine. but staples get stuck in them.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:32 pm 
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I found some interlocking mats for kids in many colors that were a lot cheaper thsn the ones for grownups. I turned them over to the black side. Work fine.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:27 am 
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I work in a basement that's just peel-and-stick, and to this point haven't put anything down for cushion (I like to think I'm still young). My dad uses the aforementioned puzzle-piece style mats in his basement and loves it, but I wonder if your mileage would vary in a barn/garage workshop if you've got moisture to contend with.

If your area is dry, the plus side of the puzzle-type deals is that they are versatile and easy to reconfigure if you need to reorganize the shop, add a new machine/bench/table/whatever. That's why he has liked using these as opposed to rectangular mats.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:44 am 
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Ok, sounds like a lot of good opinions on the interlocking mats. I'll check them out.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:55 am 
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Horse mats at Tractor Supply are 3/4" thick x 4-ft x 6-ft
http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/produc ... -ft-x-6-ft (approx $1.42/sf)

Lowes has a 4'x4' interlocking set, unknown thickness
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Grey-Anti-Fati ... in/3111467 (approx $1.25/sf)

Costco has various interlocking options, 5/16" thick
https://www.costco.com/EZ-Flex-Interloc ... 23616.html (approx. $4.17/sf !!)

Home Depot has a 4'x8' "garage" mat, maybe 1/4" thickness(?)
http://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTE ... /206288861 (approx. $1.81/sf)

The much thicker 3/4" horse mats are pretty appealing honestly.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:37 am 
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a lot to look at here http://www.ebay.com/bhp/interlocking-floor-mats

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:54 am 
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i have 10+ of those horse mats, the one thing i'll say is they are HEAVY. H E A V Y. so hard to move...

but they work!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:49 pm 
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I have one of these from Home depot and I love it. I can stand on it all day
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Buffalo-Tool ... /205461761


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