McPherson Well Drilling -Pump Sales & Service
We haven't had a tow since we bought our mats. We had 3 tows in 1 year before them. The mats have paid for themselves!
Pete McPherson - Drillapalooza 2013
John Zimmers, Golf Course Superintendent, Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
We've got 20, 4' x 8' mats and we use them all over the course... for trenching, bunkers, tees, tree work, anywhere the course can be damaged by our vehicles. Some of our mats are smooth one one side with cleats on the underside for traction so our trenching crews can easily shovel dirt off the smooth surface. The mats are flexible but dont break like plywood - and they don't warp or splinter, plus, we can use them for years. We just hose them down so they're clean for the next day. It's been a good investment for Oakmont.
David Stull, Golf Course Superintendent, Kahkwa Club, Erie, PA
We used your AlturnaMats during our recent golf course renovation. They saved our fairways and roughs when we reformed our bunkers and tee boxes. We used the 2'x8' mats because they were suited to our equipment. I'd recommend your mats to anyone who has to preserve turf.
Lonnie Thompson, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University
We used your indestructible mats to support our heavy vehicles during our drilling for samples on the glaciers of the Himalayan Mountains of central Tibet. They worked wonderfully well in all cases. Often there were no roads so the mats enabled our vehicles to move about with little trouble. Thank you for providing your AlturnaMats.
John Hromyak, Operations Manager, Erie Diocesan Cemeteries, Erie, PA
We've been using Alturnamats Ground Protection Mats for several years and with great success. The mats have saved our crews countless hours by virtually eliminating ruts from our back hoes and trucks. We purchased the 4' x 8'; size with the diamond plate tread. Some of the mats we have are smooth on one side which makes it very easy to replace dirt over graves using our back hoes. We stock the mats at each of our four cemeteries.
Prior to Aturnamats we used plywood. Needless to say when the turf was soggy the mats would break under the wheel pressure. Plus, they would warp and become waterlogged. Alturnamats are much easier to handle and when they get muddy we just use an ordinary garden hose to clean them and they're like new.
We also have some Versamats that have a flat, slip resistant tread that we use at the grave site. They are easy to walk on and people don't get their shoes muddy from the soft turf.
We couldn't be happier with Alturnamats.
Peter Kenney, President, New York, NY Trenchless, Inc.
For our Statue of Liberty project we used your ground protection equipment exclusively with more than satisfactory results. We had to transgress brick pavers, manicured lawns and concrete walkways. In each case, we prevented scarring and disruption of surfaces. At one time we used plywood which was slippery and splintered. Please continue to supply our firm with your excellent product.
Paul Gualtiere, President, Landscape East, Syracuse, NY
We built a stone staircase and landing on Cazenovia Lake and our steer skids and backhoe had to cross a plush lawn. We rented 30 Alturnamats from Clark Equipment Rentals and finished the project without damaging the turf. We made a 120’ roadway from the street to waters edge using the 3’ x 8’ size mats. We rented 30 more for another project then decided to buy our own. Alturnamats have saved us the costs of repairing lawns plus they enable our equipment to get into projects earlier and also later in the year. These tough mats have brought in new customers for Clark Equipment said Adam Clark, their vice president.
Christian Valdivia, Crew Foreman, Artistic Treeworks
We really like the AlturnaMATS. They make our job much easier, allowing us access to places our lift truck couldn’t reach before without major damage to customer’s lawns. Now we can drive the lift truck in places we never imagined! The AlturnaMATS save time on the job, are easy to use and they are heavy duty! It makes our customers happy that there are no ruts on their lawns and their trees look beautiful.
Marc Felt, Project Engineer, Erhardt Construction, Grand Rapids, MI
The 4 by 8 AlturnaMATS worked great! We used them at a church re-roof project, and had to drive a pettibone over their lawn continuously every day. The mats kept the tries from trenching the ground, and we actually didn’t kill any grass either. They are solid!
Beach house moved by barge, Wolfe House Movers, LLC
Project Location: Long Beach Island, NJ to Glen Cove, NY Project Date: March 2009 Description of Project: We moved this architecturally famous beach house on a barge approximately 90 miles up the Atlantic coastline to its new home at Glen Cove, NY. The house was designed by Robert Venturi of Philadelphia, PA and has been an icon of the architectural world ever since. The house was a single story frame (30’ x 37’) that weighed 51 ton. The move went smoothly and now sets with another Venturi designed house at its new location.
B.C. Eagle Rescue
When an eagle chick became entangled in fishing line this spring in a nest 115 feet off the ground, there was only one way to save the bird: Call in a crane. Biologist David Hancock, chairman of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, knew exactly whom to call. He contacted Laurie Broughton, general manager of L.B. Crane Rental in Victoria, B.C. “This nest was too high to get to without a crane,” Hancock said of the May 19 rescue in which he and an assistant, Jeff Kreiger, reached the nest in a manbasket. “And the second thing is we couldn’t get in without mats because the ground was too soft.” Three years earlier, L.B. Crane had helped Hancock installed web cameras around the nest, in a dead fir tree in North Saanich, about 25 kilometres north of Victoria. Those cameras beamed images of the nest and its three eaglets and their parents to a website that captured the attention of Internet surfers around the world. And when viewers in Louisiana and Great Britain noticed that one of the chicks appeared to be imprisoned in fishing line, they contacted Hancock. He ruled out climbing the tree because of its dead branches and because, at age 73, he’s not as nimble as he once was. Hancock also decided against a helicopter rescue for fear the wind from the rotors would shred the nest. The only viable option was to use a crane. But spring rains had made the ground too soft to support L.B.’s 60-ton Terex T-560 mobile crane. “It was pouring with rain the day he phoned and we’ve got water puddles sitting on top of everywhere,” Broughton said. “You step in anything and you’re sinking. So it wasn’t a very feasible thing on that day. I said, “Give it a few days if we can, and get back to me and we’ll see what we can do.’” The eaglet’s predicament resulted in a flood of visitors to the website as well as attention from media outlets across Canada and beyond, including CNN. The chick’s plight appeared hopeless until Derek Rathwell, president of DrainScope, a division of Pacific One Holdings Inc. that builds and repairs drainage systems, saw a report about the eaglet on local TV news and realized he had the solution. In its work on soft ground, the company often uses special mats, made by AlturnaMats, to support excavators and other heavy equipment. Figuring the mats would also support a mobile crane, Rathwell emailed the Hancock foundation. Still, Rathwell had enough doubts that he checked with the manufacturer in Pennsylvania to verify that the half-inch thick polyethylene mats could handle the load. A representative guaranteed that the mats would work and offered to replace any that might be damaged. “They withstand vehicles weighing up to 60 tons, bend but do not break,” says the AlturnaMats website. Broughton also had his doubts. “We had questions of if they would curl up from underneath the tires and things like that,” he said. Still, he was willing to try them, and had a backup plan to place plywood on top on the mats to prevent the curling, although that proved unnecessary. So far, so good. Except Rathwell didn’t have enough mats for the operation. So he called a competitor at Victoria Drains, who offered to supply mats as well, and who happens to be an AlternaMats distributor. “I knew they had a bunch of the larger mats, four by eight (feet). We just have three by eight; we use smaller equipment. And they were great. They went and pulled them off jobs, as we did, and we all came together for an effort that was a good cause. And they worked.” Both companies dispatched crews of three or four workers to the site to position the mats under the crane. As L.B. Crane operator Lyle Schneider crept toward the tree, mats at the back of the crane had to be moved to the front to support the machine. The placement of the mats also had to take into account the tandem steering on the Terex, Rathwell said. “The crane, when it is turning, it has the double sets of turns,” Rathwell said. “So it was a bit of a challenge because we had to spread the boards out a little bit wider for that turn radius. But he maneuvered that like it was a little dinky car and he got right in the spot and it worked.” Hancock said the crane was “absolutely essential” to the rescue because the tree was too brittle to climb. “The whole nest is very brittle,” Hancock said. “So without a crane to carefully go up with the kind of delicate operations crane guys can have, we couldn’t have got up there.” Schneider’s hands were so steady on the levers that the manbasket itself never came in contact with the tree or the nest, even as the crane’s boom extended 167 feet. “It was actually a very delicate operation,” Hancock said. “It was like surgery. I couldn’t believe how careful this guy was. He’s incredibly dexterous on the thing, so precise.” Broughton said Schneider boomed everything out because he “didn’t want to take a chance of not being able to reach” the nest. Also joining in the rescue effort was Dave Saunders, the mayor of Colwood, a city about 30 kilometres away. On top of that, more than 30 media people assembled on the property, owned by Victorian Epicure, a company that packages and markets spices at Tupperware-like parties across the country. Also during the rescue, a CTV helicopter buzzed above, shooting spectacular video of Hancock and rescue expert Jeff Krieger of Alternative Wildlife Solutions as they freed the eaglet. “It was an incredible operation, really, so many people involved,” Hancock said. “I, as a biologist, like to do things singularly because the more people you get involved the more possibility of problems there are. Yet everything went absolutely perfect.” 780-955-8862 1102 – 8A Street, Nisku, AB, Canada, T9E 7R5. The Nisku, Alberta branch is now open. Sales ~ Rentals ~ Parts & Service INCLUDING FIELD SERVICE Newly appointed authorized dealer for Manitex and Terex in Alberta.
Derek Rathwell, Owner, DrainScope
Your mats saved the DAY!!! 60,000lbs no problem in bog!!! Awesome. I told CBC, ABA, CNN, and local news about you and your mats. We had comments already back worldwide congratulating DrainScope for helping putting this effort togather.. at one time we had over 2.38 million people watching the live cams. Not to mention the news plugs. I have had CBC Canada ask for an interview regarding these mats!
Testimonial from the New England Grows Show-Feb. 2012
AlturnaMATS are "well worth their money in gold!"
GIE + EXPO DRAWING WINNER
"GREAT LABOR SAVER!"
GIE + EXPO COMMENTS
Great product. Saves turf repair costs around our campus. Considering buying another set of these!
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"Great Product" Josh Tichenor "We use them all the time to limit property damage to clients yards." Dave Leonard - 15 year owner "Will send more photos! Love your Product" Ed Stanley "We have 8 mats we have used several times over the past two winters at a cemetery. We used to use plywood, there is no comparison." Danny McNeely
Working just as expected!
The ground protection mats are working just as expected. We transported 50 yards of dirt, 30 tons of roadbase, and 45 half pallets of pavers across them in a two week period and today the client is mowing the area of turf as if nothing happened. So, the AlturnaMATS have paid for themselves on the first job. Look at the invoice for the mats I bought and compare that to the $3,700 I would have charged the client for re-sod of the traffic area. Pretty cool!
Alturnamats have been a great investment for our company.
"Alturnamats have been a great investment for our company. They have allowed us to gain access to jobsites that would not have been possible in the past and help keep our equipment working. Our cranes weigh in excess of 150,000 Lbs., but with Alturnamats, when used properly, we can get to difficult locations and minimize the damage as well. It’s a great product."
We love them!
"We buy and rent your mats. We love them."
I want to thank AlturnaMATS
"I want to thank AlturnaMats for an outstanding product. I've had mine for about a year and I couldn't be more pleased! I own a horizontal directional drilling company and need to position equipment in difficult and diverse areas. The initial price was a little off-putting but I decided to take a chance; I'm so glad I did. I was constantly breaking plywood but my AlturnaMats are performing like the day I got them. My job sites are left in the same condition before construction; no marks on concrete, no ruts, no damage to sensitive turfs. Everyone from D.O.T. to city managers and utility owners are impressed. I will continue to be an advocate for this great product." Thank you…..David
I love them...
"I love them and will always use them. They allow us to work when our competition is at home. Thanks for an awesome product!"
Saved us thousands..
"The mats were a lifesaver - probably saved us thousands of dollars in possible damages to the neighbor's driveway."
"Great product! Has saved countless hours of turf repair damage on our campus."
These mats are definitely worth their weight in gold!