Trailers with Blackwood decking option

Felling Trailers, Inc. recently added Blackwood decking, an innovative, safety-focused material to its trailer options.  

Felling Trailer with Blackwood deckingBlackwood lumber starts with treated Southern yellow pine; each board has 1/4 inch milled out of the topside. Once the boards are milled, rubber from reground tires is infused into the boards to form a 6mm-thick layer. The rubber sits just above flush with the surface of the lumber, so the rubber always makes the first contact with equipment. Blackwood is said to be safer and stronger when compared with other materials such as standard lumber, rubber, or metal.

Benefits of Blackwood decking
Safer: Blackwood lumber provides superior traction on any surface to which it is applied. From trailers to boat docks, Blackwood decking prevents slipping and makes loading equipment easier and safer, even in wet conditions.

Stronger: Blackwood decking is made with the highest quality lumber, which is strengthened by the fusion process. The industrial-grade rubber infused in Blackwood lumber is the same rubber used at gun ranges to absorb bullets. Blackwood decking can withstand heavy impact that would crack and damage normal lumber.

Longer life: The rubber infused into Blackwood decking doesn’t fade or crack like conventinoal wood decking materials. It also doesn’t stain and can be easily cleaned with water. Blackwood decking lasts longer than normal lumber and will keep trailers or other surfaces looking new and professional for years to come.

Since Felling started offering Blackwood decking late last year, it has built a few of its show trailers with this option. "It's created quite a buzz. Initially, I think it's the appearance of the decking that catches attention with it being so distinctive, then you add in the safety aspect and there it is. Operator safety is huge. Blackwood decking offers increased traction, which equals safer loading and safety features help save everyone’s bottom line,” says 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. 

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