Felling Trailers, Inc. is well known in the trailer industry for offering a multitude of options to ensure a trailer is built to meet and exceed a customer's needs. With this mindset, Felling recently added Blackwood Lumber, an innovative, safety-focused decking material to its trailer option offerings.
Blackwood Lumber starts with treated Southern Yellow Pine; each board has 1/4” milled out of the topside. Once the boards are milled, the rubber from reground tires is infused into the boards 6mm thick. The rubber then sits just above flush with the surface of the lumber so that the rubber always makes the first contact with equipment. Blackwood is said to be safer and stronger when compared to other materials such as standard lumber, rubber, or metal.
Benefits of Blackwood:
SAFER - Blackwood provides superior traction on any surface its applied to. From trailers to boat docks, Blackwood Lumber prevents slipping and makes loading equipment easier and safer, even in wet conditions.
STRONGER - Blackwood is made with the highest quality lumber, which is strengthened by the fusion process. The industrial grade rubber infused in Blackwood is the same rubber used at gun ranges to absorb bullets. Blackwood is made to withstand heavy impact that would crack and damage normal lumber.
LONGER - The rubber infusion in Blackwood doesn’t fade or crack like lumber. It also doesn’t stain and can be easily cleaned with water. Blackwood lasts longer than normal lumber and will keep your trailer or other surface looking new and professional for years to come.
Since Felling started offering Blackwood decking late last year they have built a few of their "show trailers" with this option. "It's created quite a buzz. Initially I think it's the appearance of the decking that catches their attention with it being so distinctive, then you add in the safety aspect and there it is. Operator safety is huge. Blackwood offers increased traction which equals safer loading and safety features help save everyone’s bottom line,” said Ed Steinemann, Felling Trailers’ National Accounts Manager. Felling has seen an increasing amount of interest for the Blackwood option, especially in the Rental Industry where Rumber decking has been the option of choice. For more information, visit www.felling.com or call 1.800.245.2809.