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Husky03
10-10-2004, 03:28 PM
I have an old 8' x 12' that I am going to use as my mowing trailer. When I purchased it I had planned on getting a walkbehind mower so I planned on using wooden ramps made out of 2" x 8". I now have decided am going to get the Gravely 34Z and I do not think the boards are safe for the 725lb lawnmower. What kind of ramps should I use. I have not checked into getting a fold up ramp welded on because it is not going to be worth the cost. It would probably cost me $300+ to get that welded on and I could get a new 6' x 10' trailer for around $900. What should I do?

Thanks...

JPLAWNSERVICE
10-10-2004, 03:40 PM
Personally, I would either have a ramp installed on your trailer or sell it and get a trailer that already has one on it. After you use any kind of ramp that is not attached to the trailer it will get old real fast if you make very many stops during the day. If you don't want to go that route then I would buy a set of aluminum atv style ramps from lowes or tractor supply. They are lightweight and can handle the weight. You just have to make sure and secure them properly, I just think a fold down gate is much faster and secure.

Husky03
10-10-2004, 05:37 PM
A fold down gate would be much faster, but I have busted my nuts all summer saving my money to get a new mower and I really do not have the money to go out and get a new trailer. How much can I expect to pay for these ATV ramps at Lowes? Are they really heavy and hard to move? Thank you for the help :)

Hacksquat
10-10-2004, 05:49 PM
[QUOTE=Husky03]A fold down gate would be much faster, but I have busted my nuts all summer saving my money to get a new mower and I really do not have the money to go out and get a new trailer. How much can I expect to pay for these ATV ramps at Lowes? Are they really heavy and hard to move? Thank you for the help :)[/QUOTE


I used a set of aluminum ramps before I got my trailer with a drop gate. They are very sturdy, and cost around 120.00. They arn't that heavy, and setting them up is easy. As mentioned before, make sure you secure them to your trailer before driving on them.

Blessed 1
10-10-2004, 05:52 PM
I use the 2x8 with the ramp kit to load and unload my storage building and have no problems. I bought 1 and cut it in halve and added the ramp kit on the end. This the 3rd year and they are still the same as day 1.

ToroMaster
10-10-2004, 06:08 PM
I would not use the aluminum ramps just because its going to cost you time. You might not think its that much, but if it takes an extra 2 minutes to set up the ramps instead of using a gate it might take an extra hour a week of work. A wooden ramp made correctly with 2x6's to take the weight and 1x4's perpendicular. Its cheaper than those clumsy ramps, that doesn't look professional either. Nobody that wants to be taken seriously should use those, there for the homerowners.

Husky03
10-10-2004, 06:16 PM
Blessed 1: Are you saying you have used the 2" X 6" boards? How heavy of a lawn mower?

ToroMaster: I try to look as professional as possible with uniforms etc., but I cannot afford to buy a new trailer so ramps are going to have to work?

Which of these ramps would you guys choose?
http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=145489-29318-74519
http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=220441-15476-802
The mower will way around 900lbs with me on it.

Husky03
10-10-2004, 06:21 PM
Forget the second link to the ramps. They are only rated for 400lbs so they will not work. The first set of ramps look nice, but I do not know if my front castors will get hung up in the holes on the ramps. What do you guys think?

Thanks...

ToroMaster
10-10-2004, 06:28 PM
Build it out of wood! its cheaper and you won't have to set up those stupid looking aluminum things. 900lbs. is not heavy, just by some twenty dollar hinges and you will be fine. I had a wood ramp on a kit trailor, I saw a guy at home depot drive up the ramp with a fork lift. the trailor looked like it was going to buckle but the ramp stayed strong, enough said, wood.

out4now
10-10-2004, 06:33 PM
Get the new trailer, and consider adding a crew with the other one or just sell it and stick movney from it back into new one. Could buy used one with ramp as well.

pjslawncare/landscap
10-10-2004, 09:08 PM
If u know anyone with a welder, pick up some angle iron and mesh and go for it. Its quite simple. I built this one and several others for well under $100

pjslawncare/landscap
10-10-2004, 09:12 PM
Hmm, I dont seem able to load up pictures. Oh well, Ill e-mail pictures to u if u want. Give me a holler

DEA
10-11-2004, 08:47 AM
Check out www.discountramps.com
Great customer servuce,call them on the 800#.
I bought a pair of the aluminum folding ramps 1500# cap.for $128.00 delivered(i think).They are the economy arched folding ramps
Mostly for my dirt bike but, they were real handy when I picked up my Lesco wb

stevesmowing
10-11-2004, 08:55 AM
find a beat up used trailer that has a good gate and pull the gate off that one. Or just get a new trailer

cajuncreole
10-11-2004, 12:13 PM
I have an Exmark Lazer Z 52" 27HP. I cut 2x12's and added a ramp kit to the ends. When I loaded the machines the 2x12's bent dangerously. I throw a 4x8 piece of 3/4 inch treated plywood over the ramps and am ready to go.

Husky03
10-11-2004, 05:16 PM
It looks like Discount Ramps has got me covered if I cannot get one welded on. One question though. Most of their ramps have 3" rungs. Will my front castors get hung up in these rungs? Thanks for the replies. :blob3:

Husky03
10-11-2004, 05:28 PM
Should I get areched to allow deck clearance or will straight ramps work? Which would be good from this page?
http://www.discountramps.com/tractor_ramp_page.htm

Thanks...

JKOOPERS
10-11-2004, 05:31 PM
300 is alot for a gate i can get them for $125

KERRTURF
10-11-2004, 05:52 PM
Have you ever looked at these from Harbor Freight? I have a set that I used to use on my old trailer, mine have a slot so that you can slide 1/4" plywood to cover the "ladder" type cross members. They worked pretty good, and were good enough to load my 1100 pound ztr on and off.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=4396

Husky03
10-11-2004, 06:16 PM
KERRTURF: Thos ramps look alright. It does not say anything about being able to slide plywood in on the website. ;)

DEA
10-11-2004, 06:48 PM
The main reason I went with the folding ramp .Was to be able to lock the ramp in my truck when we go riding
And they were $79.95ea. at Lowes

DEA
10-11-2004, 06:49 PM
Should I get areched to allow deck clearance or will straight ramps work? Which would be good from this page?
.[/QUOTE]
Give them a call real nice to work with and will answer your question's

One question though. Most of their ramps have 3" rungs. Will my front castors get hung up in these rungs? Thanks for the replies.

I have the economy arched folding ones and the front casters don't get caught in the tread's they also have solid treads

Blessed 1
10-11-2004, 08:58 PM
[QUOTE=Husky03]Blessed 1: Are you saying you have used the 2" X 6" boards? How heavy of a lawn mower?

Mines started out as 1 ea 2"x10"x12' treated. Bought the ramp kit for 19.99. Cut the board in half and added the kit. Total $25.00 and they do not bend with my 900 lb 60". I am however only going up about 15" into my shed.