Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 07-21-2004, 10:08 PM
Green Care's Avatar
Green Care Green Care is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Maryland
Posts: 530
I have the safe T ramp love it don't also can get more on the truck.
__________________
Keeping Maryland Green!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 07-21-2004, 10:13 PM
stevesmowing's Avatar
stevesmowing stevesmowing is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Webster, NY
Posts: 838
Does any place around rochester ny fabricate them up?
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 07-21-2004, 10:15 PM
Mats Mats is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 1,919
Quote:
I have a question about the board ends. How do they attach to the tail gate?
The ramp ends have a hole for a pin and you drill a corresponding hole in your tailgate. A pin then secures the ramp to the tailgate so the ramps don't slip. I use 10" ramp ends I bought at Pepboys attached to a 2 x 12". I don't mow and don't know about loading a heavy mower with these ramps but they work just fine for heavy wheelbarrows. Check your local auto parts store and look in the trailer/tow hitch section.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 07-21-2004, 11:00 PM
stevesmowing's Avatar
stevesmowing stevesmowing is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Webster, NY
Posts: 838
the pins looked small to me , do they just pull out to get the ramps off the tail gate?
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 07-22-2004, 10:12 AM
Mats Mats is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 1,919
Quote:
the pins looked small to me , do they just pull out to get the ramps off the tail gate?
They are small, they just hold the ramp end in place on the tail gate. And yes, you just pull them out to remove the ramps. I've lost my supplied pins and use 2 1/4" #8 machine screws as replacements.

As I've said, I don't mow, but wouldn't use these wood ramps to load something as large and heavy as the mower pictured in your avatar. I just use these ramps to get loaded wheelbarrows in my truck's bed.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 07-22-2004, 11:17 AM
Up North's Avatar
Up North Up North is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: MN
Posts: 1,064
Stevesmowing,
I use those same ramp ends from Northern Tool. I mounted them to green treated 2x10's and put 3 of the ramp mats (prevent slipping & sliding) on each ramp. The steel mesh would work better as the rubber mats still get slippery. I use these ramps to load/unload my ATV. They work fine, but are dangerous. Must be very careful when there is the slightest bit of moisture on the ramps or tires. The pins are small but pretty strong, I've bent one but never snapped one.

I'm not going to say "don't use wood ramps" but I would try to find an alternate solution.

There are some aluminum ATV ramps that have three sections and fold up, they may work better depending on the size of your tires. Cost is about $100 and they are very sturdy.

Buck
__________________
Up North Yard & Drive
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 07-22-2004, 02:37 PM
gogetter gogetter is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Yardley, PA.
Posts: 3,256
I say go with a USARAMP type unit.

I know you said they are more then what you want to spend, but how much is your safety worth?

One slip and your truck could get damaged, your mower could get damaged, or YOU could get damaged. Not worth it.

If USARamp is too much, shop around the internet for others (do a search for truck ramps), or visit some local metal fabrication shops (look in your phone book) and see what they can do for you.


In the end, you'll be happy you did.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 07-22-2004, 07:58 PM
stevesmowing's Avatar
stevesmowing stevesmowing is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Webster, NY
Posts: 838
if i did go with the safe-t ramps from like usaramps would you guys suggest a 7 foot or 8 foot, again its for an encore 48" belt drive walk behind. Its almost identical to the scag belt drive walk behind
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 07-22-2004, 09:07 PM
stevesmowing's Avatar
stevesmowing stevesmowing is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Webster, NY
Posts: 838
i just did some tests with scale drawings on paper how do the diff angles on the sections work where the seem is. Even if I had 10 foot ramps it looks like i would bottom out on the mower. I only have 2" clearence between the deck and the ground however blades are set to 3" My truck tail gate is 34" inches up. Does anyone else have problems with bottoming out?
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 07-22-2004, 09:20 PM
dcondon's Avatar
dcondon dcondon is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Mid-Michigan
Posts: 2,247
why not take the money for those and find a little used trailer????? Maybe someone on here has one. That way saftey is covered and you have the bed of the truck for trimmer,gas etc........
__________________
Git-R-Done!!!

fluid film- the official sponser of sflqpru
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:41 PM.

Page generated in 0.09749 seconds with 8 queries