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ostrichsak
03-31-2012, 02:19 AM
I'm planning to get my first Aerator any day now and will likely be going with a Ryan Lawnaire IV to do aerating. I'm also probably going to pick up a Tacoma or similar and am wondering what tips you guys have for getting one in and out of truck bed. What ramps have you fabricated to facilitate this process? I can see where it's going to be substantially more difficult than a mower give the size, weight and wheel arrangement so what will make my life easier?

Thanks for the help!

grandview (2006)
03-31-2012, 11:40 AM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f23/vasa58/titow2.jpg

GreenI.A.
03-31-2012, 10:19 PM
ive always just used the ramparts kits where you put the aluminum ends on a couple 2x8's. I know some people that have the ramps that replace your tailgates. those are nice as the use your existing tailgate hing points and are wider/more stable than 2x8's

sweetland
03-31-2012, 10:27 PM
2x8x12s with the ramp pieces on them. leave the aerator in the up position (driving on the wheels and tines up) and then go up the ramps

Deori
04-01-2012, 04:43 AM
Not sure if it would work for the aerator, but Harbor Freight sells some nice aluminum truck ramps for about $120. I've used them to load sod cutters into the truck, they just drive right up.
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Ducke
04-01-2012, 10:44 AM
Not sure if it would work for the aerator, but Harbor Freight sells some nice aluminum truck ramps for about $120. I've used them to load sod cutters into the truck, they just drive right up.
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Go with the wood ramps . The aerator will rip the wood to pieces We go through ramps once or twice a year. Also be very careful when loading The tines have a habit of kicking the ramps out from under you as you go up.
load using the front drum if you can I also like to ad a couple bolts thru the top of the ramp bracket so it holds on to the tail gate.

JCLawn and more
04-01-2012, 12:31 PM
2x8x12's with 2x4 under them for support then put expanded metal over the top of the woods, a 2x4 running along the outside of the board to keep from falling off, then take a 1/4-1/2 bar bend it so it attaches to the board flat and can lay on your tailgate flat. Then take 10 0r 12 gauge rectangle and bend it so it goes on top of the metal bar so its like a deck that goes over the bar to drive on. I have pictures if you need some. I made this and it has lasted about 5 years. I used it to drive a 42inch zero turn in the back of my truck.

ostrichsak
04-01-2012, 07:45 PM
Thanks for the posts fellas. I picked up a new Tacoma TRD (supercharged woot!) yesterday and now I'm getting ready to pick up the aerator tomorrow and get cracking.

That 2-wheel trailer is pretty bad ass. My only concern pulling that with a truck is that someone may not see it. Maybe not as big of a deal as your car since it's a little easier to see the trailer behind it but I don't need someone running over my $3k aerator that I had to drive hours to get. It also wouldn't be much use for getting mowers in and out and such too once I start doing that. I do like it though and will continue considering it because it sure would be nice to not even worry about getting that beast in and out of a truck dozens of times every day. Edit: I just looked at your pic again.. is that just a 2-wheel dolly that you modified?

The board idea sounds like it will be the most affordable and easiest to do on short notice. I can swing by Home Depot tomorrow and have everything I need within a matter of minutes. My only concern with these is making sure they 1) don't break under the weight of the aerator and myself (I'm a pretty stout dude) 2) They don't slip out while I'm up in the air (I could use tie downs to bumper to hold them against the gait but that would be time consuming to do every time) and 3) how difficult it would be and I guess this all depends on the length but I'm sure ideal length is no longer than the bed itself which will make for a somewhat steep angle. No problem for once or twice every now and then but to do dozens of times a day I could see it being a little more cumbersome. Maybe I'm over thinking these and maybe the beauty lies in the simplicity. I like this idea and likely will give it a try if nothing else as a temporary solution until I get something more permanent. Do you just push them together so there's no gap and then the three wheels (well, 2 & the drum) all fit on them at once?

The idea of a gate/ramp that replaces my tailgate is actually the most appealing to me at the moment. I did a quick Google search but didn't come up with much so I obviously used the wrong search terms. Who makes these? What do they cost? I envision something that looks like the grate style you see on landscaping trailers that stands tall or maybe even folds in half when you put it up. If it stood as tall as the cab when put up and folded in half this would make for a fairly long ramp when deployed for an easier/quicker load/unload. The downsides to this would be having to swap out my tailgate, the time it takes to locate one have here to utilize and probably cost. I would imagine something like this wouldn't be the cheapest piece of equipment to buy but would probably be worth it since I'm trying to avoid pulling a trailer... for now at least. If someone can get me some more information on this type of thing or get my pointed in the right direction for me to research I would appreciate it.

Thanks and keep 'em coming!

JCLawn and more
04-01-2012, 08:52 PM
You can get a platform that goes in your hitch receiver and has a ramp on it.
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ostrichsak
04-01-2012, 09:25 PM
You can get a platform that goes in your hitch receiver and has a ramp on it.
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Do you have a link to this?

Do they make something like this that has a folding ramp a little shorter and a little more 'aerator friendly' as that would probably be the easiest:

http://ryderracks.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/High-Speed-Welding-18023_800x600-600x450.jpg

Although it wouldn't solve the mower loading dilemma once I start mowing lawns. A receiver hitch ramp thingy would be best for both of these needs probably.

grandview (2006)
04-01-2012, 09:27 PM
http://www.sourceoneope.com/ezHaulr.html

ostrichsak
04-01-2012, 09:35 PM
http://www.sourceoneope.com/ezHaulr.html

Thanks! I'll check it out now.

JCLawn and more
04-01-2012, 09:42 PM
http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/S/C/SC500_tn.jpghttp://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo-Carrier/Rage-Powersports/SC500.html bam!

JCLawn and more
04-01-2012, 09:43 PM
http://www.allterrainmedical.com/cart/images/P/ATV%20VH-MS.jpgsomething more hefty

GreenI.A.
04-01-2012, 10:47 PM
the tailgate ramp I was talking about, I found something similar just by googling "tailgate ramp", here is the link for the first one that came up
http://www.ramps-ramps-ramps.com/pick-up-truck-loading-ramps.htm

That one is a universal design for most trucks. But you should be able to find the vehicle specific ones that use the existing tailgate hinge and latch catches on the bed with a little time on google. As far as the other ones guys posted that go into your receiver hitch. Check if you can use them. Alot of guys have similar ones for their ride on spreaders. But some police officers up here like to hand out tickets for them because if you are behind them and to the left, the equipment will block the right brake/turn signal. Same as if you are behind and to the right, it will block the left signal. I know a guy who put a set of trailer lights on his and mounted his license plate on it so that it wouldn't be blocked. An officer ticketed him because the plate wasn't properly lighted (even during the day). Also up here you can get ticketed for having objects extending beyond your bumpers.

GreenI.A.
04-01-2012, 10:48 PM
the tailgate ramp I was talking about, I found something similar just by googling "tailgate ramp", here is the link for the first one that came up
http://www.ramps-ramps-ramps.com/pick-up-truck-loading-ramps.htm

That one is a universal design for most trucks. But you should be able to find the vehicle specific ones that use the existing tailgate hinge and latch catches on the bed with a little time on google. As far as the other ones guys posted that go into your receiver hitch. Check if you can use them. Alot of guys have similar ones for their ride on spreaders. But some police officers up here like to hand out tickets for them because if you are behind them and to the left, the equipment will block the right brake/turn signal. Same as if you are behind and to the right, it will block the left signal. I know a guy who put a set of trailer lights on his and mounted his license plate on it so that it wouldn't be blocked. An officer ticketed him because the plate wasn't properly lighted (even during the day). Also up here you can get ticketed for having objects extending beyond your bumpers.

ostrichsak
04-01-2012, 11:40 PM
Yeah, I saw that one but no price or way to order. I'm looking for one that's for sale so I can get an idea on price to see if it's something I want to buy or not. I'll keep looking.

ostrichsak
04-01-2012, 11:42 PM
http://www.sourceoneope.com/ezHaulr.html

I was looking at this and unless I'm missing something how does something like this work with something like a Ryan Lawnaire IV which has two wheels in the rear then a single drum up front in the middle? I don't see how these items that all have two ramps with a gap between them would work for something like this.

ostrichsak
04-04-2012, 02:00 AM
Well, I was lucky enough to find a decent used Bluebird w/a free trailer that even has room for a mower behind it and a box on the side for tools n such. I've already made some improvements to the trailer and have more planned so I think I'm just going to do this for now unless I decide I want to go back to my other idea. I like the idea of being able to back into the garage, unhitch all the yard stuff and driving away with a 'normal' truck. I dislike lugging a trailer around but I'll get over it. This will do nicely for now and no need to spend any more money. It doesn't look the best but I think it'll be just fine.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-h0Tro__rhu4/T3p-iHuc4JI/AAAAAAAACb8/aX0NNW2C7JQ/s1024/2012-04-02%252020.40.27.jpg

GreenI.A.
04-04-2012, 09:16 AM
I like the idea of being able to back into the garage, unhitch all the yard stuff and driving away with a 'normal' truck.

Thats he biggest benefit of a trailer

shepoutside
04-10-2012, 07:11 AM
I love the tailgate ramp, like in my pic below

ostrichsak
04-10-2012, 12:47 PM
I love the tailgate ramp, like in my pic below

That's pretty tiny. Got some bigger pics and details?

shepoutside
04-11-2012, 07:24 AM
That's pretty tiny. Got some bigger pics and details?Go to the bottom of this page for bigger pic's

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=371727&page=2

locallawncare.ca
12-25-2012, 02:53 PM
I had the same dilema when i first got an aerator, I use a bi-fold ramp that you attach 3/4" plywood to, you can make it as wide as you like, mine is 30" also has side rails, but not really needed, just part of the design, got at local supply store and plywood for home-depot. the ramps with metal plates are ok for mowers but an aerator can be a bit more difficult, especially if the tines drop down while going up the ramp, which can happen. Best of luck witht the trailer.

MillerIn503
01-15-2013, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the posts fellas. I picked up a new Tacoma TRD (supercharged woot!) yesterday and now I'm getting ready to pick up the aerator tomorrow and get cracking.

That 2-wheel trailer is pretty bad ass. My only concern pulling that with a truck is that someone may not see it. Maybe not as big of a deal as your car since it's a little easier to see the trailer behind it but I don't need someone running over my $3k aerator that I had to drive hours to get. It also wouldn't be much use for getting mowers in and out and such too once I start doing that. I do like it though and will continue considering it because it sure would be nice to not even worry about getting that beast in and out of a truck dozens of times every day. Edit: I just looked at your pic again.. is that just a 2-wheel dolly that you modified?

The board idea sounds like it will be the most affordable and easiest to do on short notice. I can swing by Home Depot tomorrow and have everything I need within a matter of minutes. My only concern with these is making sure they 1) don't break under the weight of the aerator and myself (I'm a pretty stout dude) 2) They don't slip out while I'm up in the air (I could use tie downs to bumper to hold them against the gait but that would be time consuming to do every time) and 3) how difficult it would be and I guess this all depends on the length but I'm sure ideal length is no longer than the bed itself which will make for a somewhat steep angle. No problem for once or twice every now and then but to do dozens of times a day I could see it being a little more cumbersome. Maybe I'm over thinking these and maybe the beauty lies in the simplicity. I like this idea and likely will give it a try if nothing else as a temporary solution until I get something more permanent. Do you just push them together so there's no gap and then the three wheels (well, 2 & the drum) all fit on them at once?

The idea of a gate/ramp that replaces my tailgate is actually the most appealing to me at the moment. I did a quick Google search but didn't come up with much so I obviously used the wrong search terms. Who makes these? What do they cost? I envision something that looks like the grate style you see on landscaping trailers that stands tall or maybe even folds in half when you put it up. If it stood as tall as the cab when put up and folded in half this would make for a fairly long ramp when deployed for an easier/quicker load/unload. The downsides to this would be having to swap out my tailgate, the time it takes to locate one have here to utilize and probably cost. I would imagine something like this wouldn't be the cheapest piece of equipment to buy but would probably be worth it since I'm trying to avoid pulling a trailer... for now at least. If someone can get me some more information on this type of thing or get my pointed in the right direction for me to research I would appreciate it.

Thanks and keep 'em coming!

Found this set up the other day. I too am avoiding the trailer aspect. Streets can get pretty tight here in Portland. http://www.tailgateramps.com/

I'magenius
01-16-2013, 10:52 AM
Hey Jc I cant make out the brand on this one. Could you provide a name and number or a link? Thanks for the help.
http://www.allterrainmedical.com/cart/images/P/ATV%20VH-MS.jpgsomething more hefty

locallawncare.ca
01-16-2013, 12:01 PM
Here is what I used, worked great.

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/8118234/Steel/600-lb-8-ft-Foldable-Utility-Steel-Ramp-Hardware

Executive Lawn Care
01-16-2013, 11:15 PM
I was looking at this and unless I'm missing something how does something like this work with something like a Ryan Lawnaire IV which has two wheels in the rear then a single drum up front in the middle? I don't see how these items that all have two ramps with a gap between them would work for something like this.

I have a bluebird lawn aerator, when I felt daring I would use my two steel ramps. when load I would drive it up one ramp with the center wheel, and when unloading I would line up both ramps and use the two small rear wheels to go down the ramps.

I typically used a 5 X 6 trailer which works great for aeration. For next season I will purchase a 5 X 10 or 12 enclosed trailer to store all my lawn care equipment. Still is a shame to haul around the enclosed for aeration.

MillerIn503
01-17-2013, 07:09 AM
locallawn, you just saved me a grip of money in start up cost. Thanks... http://www.weststeel.com/utility-ramps Locations to purchase are on the link. Although, I will be going with the 6" model. Being that I am starting with a WB 25" only to start(yBravo BBC I hope) and will consider different setups as I grow. Buy as needed mentality.

locallawncare.ca
01-17-2013, 11:13 AM
No problem, I use that ramp specifically for aerations with just a truck, no need to bring trailer, also you can make it as wide as you need, its very strong(basically as strong as the wood you use), I used 3/4", but 1/2" would work for lighter applications. Also I found that if you want to make a wooden ramp that folds, you can use garage door hinges, they are very strong and lock out at 180 degrees (flat postition). All the best. Also Princess Auto is like the Tractor Supply store, Im sure the name varies place to place.