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Scary ramps

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by laxative, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    I have a 12' stake bed and need a cheap temporary way to load a couple WB's, generators, etc. in it in a pinch, without a trailer. Ramps would need to be at least 12' long for a reasonable angle up. Don't want to spend more than a couple hundred bucks. Don't want to slip and break my legs or equipment. Would like to maneuver ramp(s) around alone without breaking my back. Any ideas? All my ideas suck.
  2. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 792

    id build something out of wood then, if you have the space for it.,
  3. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    When i first started my company i started with a new bobcat 753 and a 79 gmc 1 ton wooden deck. keep in mind i started basicly with nothing and with out a clue. I rebuilt the truck because i was auto body by trade and figured i could just haul this bobcat on the deck of truck. I got a pair of ramps from local rental where i purchased bobcat from and they might of even been endorsed by them. I hauled this machine around about 5 times and realized what a idiot i was for doing this , all of this weight sitting behind me. Not to say if dot would have caught me what would of happened. It was pretty damn scarry backing this bobcat up these ramps on to the truck bed. I sold them back and went in to debt for a trailer. Dont do a stupid trick like i did.
  4. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    Would aluminum 4-wheeler ramps work?
    I don't know what the max weght they are rated for but I know they are rated for more than what my Honda Rancher 350 4wd weighs. If you do get them try to find a pair with an arch in them as they seem less scary when loading and unloading on them.
  5. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    Do 4-wheeler ramps come 10-12' long? Started to make some wooden ones but the bow in 'em when I stood in the middle freaked me out and they were getting heavy quick.
  6. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    It's only for back-up, so I can send somebody out with my truck and trailer when I get behind. I can go the other direction with the bigger truck and a couple mowers. Just a 48" and a 36" WB.
  7. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    Sorry i didnt read the thread close i just wanted to share what i did in the early young and domb stage.
  8. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    Wooden ramps should be 2 boards wide, with angled braces from board to board. Put something on them so they won't be slick. They will be heavy. I used 10 footers for a while, before I got my aluminum ramps.
  9. Potomac Lawns Inc.

    Potomac Lawns Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    I would go and buy a small trailer just big enough for your walk behind versus ramps, 1 slip and fall and you will wish you had a different set up, should be able to buy a nice new small trailer for under a $1,000 versus spending maybe $200-$300 on ramps. Choice is yours I would go with a trailer though not 10'-12' foot ramps.
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    you wont find ramps that long - 12 is too long for ramps you cannot load safely with this setup. get a trailer!

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