Ramps

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by RonWin, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
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    Picking up my 36' walk behind scag in a couple weeks and dont want to haul the enclosed trailer down to get it. The guy said he has ramps to get it into the 8' bed of my f250 and i was wondering if there is any ramps out there that you guys would recommend that i could use to load and unload not only this scag walk behind but also double as a winter ramp for a snow blower. Any SAFE, DURABLE, ACCOMODATING ramps that i could keep with me in the back of my truck ?

    Also, what do you guys use to elevate ZTR's in order to get under the deck to clean it and such? I have seen the lifters which raise the front of the ZTR's but with a bagger on the back you can't really get a good enough angle to work under it due to the backside contacting the ground...

    Ramps// ZTR elevating problems :confused:

    Thanks ahead of time guys, i always appreciate vets advice
     
  2. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    For loading equipment I have 8 foot 2 x 6 that I bolted angle iron to the bottom side. Works perfect for stuff like that.
     
  3. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know lots of guys use lumber but in my book that's asking for trouble. Spend the extra money and do it right. This is what I use- http://www.discountramps.com/atv_ramps.htm There are a lot of others like them out there too.
     
  4. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
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    is that atv ramp safe to use with snowblowers in the rainy/snowy/icing winter months?
     
  5. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've used a set very similar to the ones in the link. Probably as safe as anything else in icy conditions. I think they are rated for 800# light weight easy to handle, sturdy.

    Avoid folding models. Two seperate non folding ramps will be the most usable. I've taken walk behinds up stairs and short retaining walls with them, to areas that had previously only been push mowed.
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  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have 2 sets of folding aluminum ramps. From discount ramps.
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  7. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
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    I believe the ones I have are rated at 1600 pounds each. They are great in winter because they are not solid, they are made up of serrated cross bars welded to the side pieces. You can see that in the pictures.

    One other thing. If you have no way to secure the ramp support lips to the tailgate to keep them from sliding, such as by a hole drilled through the lip and the tailgate so that you can drop a bolt in, then you want to use a ratchet strap from a rung on each ramp to something like the trailer safety chain hooks on the truck. Don't rely on them to stay in place by themselves.
     
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    yea as others have said there aer alot of light weight metal ramps out there. the longer the ramp the less steep, the less resistance, the easier it will be to load. good luck!
     
  9. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you do in order to keep them from sliding off the tailgate? Bolt into the tailgate? Never done that before, makes me nervous lol. Also, how do you "backdown" a wb once u walk it up into the back of the truck? what do you walk on ? one side of the ramp?
     
  10. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know with my Ford there is plastic rail cap that goes across the top of tailgate and I wouldn't want to drill it. Besides, unless you drill multiple holes you can't adjust your ramp spacing for different equipment. So I use the ratchet straps. It takes a couple of minutes more but it eliminates problems.

    They are wide enough and shouldn't be that far apart that you can walk down on both of them.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013

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