What kind of Ramps?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Husky03, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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?

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  2. JPLAWNSERVICE

    JPLAWNSERVICE LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  3. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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 :)
     
  4. Hacksquat

    Hacksquat LawnSite Member
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  5. Blessed 1

    Blessed 1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  6. ToroMaster

    ToroMaster LawnSite Member
    from Neenah
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    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.
     
  7. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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?

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  9. ToroMaster

    ToroMaster LawnSite Member
    from Neenah
    Posts: 53

    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.
     
  10. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
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    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.
     

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