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Correct Ramp Length For A 36" Walk Behind Mower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by nt254, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. nt254

    nt254 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I am trying to figure out what length of ramp I need to be able to load my 36" belt drive walk-behind mower into the bed of my f150 short w.b. 2wd pickup. I am looking for a ramp that is about 40" to 45" wide. I found a Lund ramp that is 45" wide but it is only 77" long. Should I try to find something that is closer to 7' or 8' long?? I know a trailer would be much easier to load, but the area that I am in a trailer would be hard to use due to the traffic, small roads, etc. If anyone uses ramps to load their commercial mowers into their trucks, please let know what works well.
  2. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 778

    I wouldn't go with nothing less then one of these http://www.buddyramp.com/default2.htm

    When I bought my Toro 36 gear, I had these metal ramps that are about 5ft long, one for each wheel. I use them for snow blowers and 21" mowers, lawn vacs etc but when we tried loading the 36 it took 3 guys. When I took it off myself, it was so dangerous that I went out and bought a trailer.
  3. mjlcare

    mjlcare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    walk behinds arent the easiest pieces of machines to get up any kind of ramp and when you have to go that high i would def look at that link the second poster sent you.

    that looks like a great choice but be safe, they dont like going up ramps
  4. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    I use 12 inch wide planks with ramp ends (available at any hardware store for around $30) and they are about 4 feet long. They work just fine. No issues at all. I have a Better Quickie 32 but I wouldnt think a 36 would be that much different. You dont always have to spend a fortune for function...
  5. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    Uncurved, straight plank ramp kits recommend a 15 degree incline. To get the 15 degrees, a straight ramp should be 3.86 times the height of the bed. If bed is 20 inches high, the ramp should be 77 and 1/4 inches long minimum:

    20 x 3.86 = 77.2 inches

    The height of the bed is what determines the length.

    3.8637 is the inverse sine of 15 degrees.
  6. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    Occasionally put mine in an average 4wd Chevy with 2x8s with ramp ends. 8' long. It's a little too steep. Going up is ok. Coming down is sometimes scary. Deck catches both ways. Also, dropped it a couple times on wet boards or had 'em slide out. Wouldn't want to do it every day.
  7. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    I really really really reccomend a trailer. It's not so much getting the wb into the truck as getting it out safely. You'll wind up wearing that thing if you do it very often.

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