Bread Crates

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  1. Debs

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    After reading about people extolling the merits of using bread crates to help grip on muddy pitches I was chuffed that our corner shop has said we can have a few(y)

    Couple of questions though please - there seem to be several different types in the pile at the shop.......are some better than others & can anyone post a pic for reference?

    Do You just cut the sides off and what do you use to cut it with please.

    Cheers
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  2. dbnosey

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    Cut out the base the ones with triangles (well they are mine Hovis) then cut the base in half again length ways. I've cable tied these together length ways but only slack so they fold on top of each other for storage.
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    Hi Deb. It's just the base that you need - the criss cross bit which acts as a good grip under the tyres. One base cut in half should do it. I used an angle grinder on mine but I guess a hacksaw would also do the job.
     
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    Ta for the quick replies - looking at the pile, some have a bit of a lip on the criss cross pieces and others are just smooth criss cross (iyswim).......I'm guessing the ones with the lip would give more grip?

    I can't be trusted with a hacksaw but Les has an angle grinder:)
     
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    An electric jigsaw will cut them. I actually leave them as one, about 600mm square. OK they take up more room and weigh twice as much as if cut in half but they spread the load much better.
     
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    I did the same with the 10 loaf size but some are now cut down after damage. I also cut the bases of some 15 loaf ones in half as they are so much bigger.
     
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    So where do peeps get these used trays from?
     
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    You need to hunt them down.
    School or hotel kitchens are a good bet as loads don't get returned.
    I got mine at a local school I was doing some electrical work at.
    Remember, no matter where you source them they are the property of the relevant bakery so try to remove any bakery name etc....usually stamped/embossed on the sides so not difficult as you cut off the sides anyway.
     
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    First time I'd seen this idea of using bread crates to help in the mud, makes sense.

    Just a thought but in the aquarium hobby we use this stuff a lot:

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    it's called pond egg crate and will easily take a few tons being driven over it

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    It's comes in sheets that are approx 27 x 16" so should be big enough and costs around £5 per piece.

    The tread depth (thickness) is around 1"

    Just a thought ?
     
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    We got ours from our corner shop, free. There is a pile which has been there months and months......I did ask though.
     
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    Remember to make 4 mats as you don't want to drive off your mat to sink onto mud or wet grass again
     
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    Exactly the same for me. Got mine from the Co-op. Electric jigsaw to cut the sides off but left the base in it's original size. Often use them for parking on when the ground is soft but have used them in anger when we got stuck and they work a treat. They are also useful for door mat when on a grass pitch.
     
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    I'm missing something here (which isn't a new thing lol), why do these not just get pressed in to the grass and sink as you drive over them?
     
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    They do a bit, but also spread the load enabling the tyre to grip something other than mud. They worked at Stratford a few times for various people. I never cut mine in half, though - we keep the full size bases
     
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    I managed to get some from the school kitchen where I worked. Only needed to use them once and they worked fine, infact the bread helped to soak up the water. I did find however that the Hovis ones seem to work better on short steep hills, and as for cutting them up, well a bread knife..naturally!!::bigsmile:
     
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    And probably better than stolen bread crates
    Bill
     
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    Was looking at these myself we have a toolstation in town :)
     
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    4 from tool station just arrived, look good and quite light, just hope we don't need them Now!
     
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    Although not from tool station, I bought this type from Amazon.
     

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