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    Default Easiest way to move stall mats? UPDATE-EZ Grips Don't work!

    I'm thinking C clamps? We have 20 to move from one barn to another. Any suggestions for the easiest way that doesn't involve a machine? We are dragging them out of stalls about 30 feet into the trailer, stacking them up and then backing down to the new barn and dragging them in a 4 foot dutch door and stacking them.
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    Vice Grips

    http://www.irwin.com/tools/brands/vise-grip

    Clap them on and they do not come off until you release them. The only way I will move mats anymore.



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    C clamps are the way to go. I have been known to also use c clamps, tie a rope around the clamp and hook it to my truck's hitch or the back o the lawn tractor to move them distances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pupakin View Post
    Vice Grips

    http://www.irwin.com/tools/brands/vise-grip

    Clap them on and they do not come off until you release them. The only way I will move mats anymore.
    That.
    We just finished matting 80'x16' just like that, vicegrips and dragging them off the pickup bed and install them.
    We had to cut some around columns and a hydrant and we did that with a grinder.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Amwrider View Post
    C clamps are the way to go. I have been known to also use c clamps, tie a rope around the clamp and hook it to my truck's hitch or the back o the lawn tractor to move them distances.
    I like that idea! Now if they had rollers or something to put under them!



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    I also vote for vice grips. But for long distances I like the c clamps and hitch idea too!



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    I'd try to throw a dolly under the back end, in addition to the clamps up front. With a dolly to reduce the drag, and your clamps attached to the bottom-most layer, you might be able to stack a few mats on top of that, and move more than one at a time.



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    I like the vise grip method though the easiest way I've found with two people is to kind of fold the mat in half over a piece of rope, a 10 foot lead rope works. Then you each grab an end of the rope and drag. Works great and you don't have to hunch over like with the vise grips. Less drag too since the mat is folded in half.



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    you mean regular 6'x4' mats? I find as long as there are two of you, folding/rolling them in half (short end to short end) easiest, then pick them up with one of you either side of the fold.

    They are well balanced, more comfortable on the hands and really don't feel like they weigh a ton that way.

    I wish I was good at stick art... I mean that you are carrying the mat in a sort of 'n' shape.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kementari View Post
    i second this motion. want to rent mine for a week?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudroom View Post
    i second this motion. want to rent mine for a week?
    I wish you were closer! But you know what I may just buy two and overnight them (Boss has free overnight amazon shipping) and then rent mine out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davistina67 View Post
    I like that idea! Now if they had rollers or something to put under them!
    This is what we do also!
    Sandy in Fla.



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    Find some really hot looking guy and hire him to move them. You can enjoy the eye candy while he does all the hard work.


    We did the rolling them and a person at each end at my place. For some reason the hubby did not like the hire a hot guy idea.



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    I vote with the C-clamp. Works when they are wet or mucky and gives a nice "handle" to grip.



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    We used two pairs of vice grips and we moved 22 that way via back of truck bed. Makes me wish we would have bought the fork lift adapter for our tractor. LOL



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    I'm another Vice Grip girl... had to move & shuffle 15 mats last fall. I also used our Rubbermaid Farm Tough Cart. We'd haul the mats on to of it and roll 'em to where they needed to go
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- "When they try to tell you these are your Golden years, don't believe 'em.... It's rust."



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    Vice grips of course, but recently I purchased mats at Tractor Supply and noticed they'd roll them up like a burrito, then with a person at either end, could move them fairly easily. I used this method at home and it works! We've matted several stalls by rolling the mat, placing it in position, then unrolling it.

    Anyone know an easier way to cut mats besides a box cutter?



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    We used a circular saw, a jig saw and a recip saw, depending on the cut needed.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- "When they try to tell you these are your Golden years, don't believe 'em.... It's rust."



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