What's the best ramp set up?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
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    What are the best size and kind of ramps for a Scag or other 36 in wb to go into a pickup bed? I was told that 2-10x2's would be good with the metal ramps attatched to the ends. However, is it better to spend a lot more and go with aluminum or metal ramps? It's like $20 or $30 for the ramp kit which u can use to make your own wooden ramps but like $100-150 for metal ramps. I was told by the dealer that the easiest way to load this machine is to back it up to load it. If at all possible, I'd like to save $ and trouble of having a trailer until it's completley necessary.
     
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    did you ever goet a 36" wb ?
     
  3. wooley99

    wooley99 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Get a trailer. Although the Quick website (www.betteroutdoorproducts.com) has a video of someone loading a Quick-36 into a pickup with ramps I personally think that catching even a lightweight (350lbs) mower after you slip one wheel off an 11 1/2 inch wide piece of wet, oily, treated timber and then knock the other ramp off the tailgate would ruin my mood for the entire day. :realmad: But you may have much better upper-body strength, eye-hand coordination and luck than I do. For the price of the expanded metal, curved ATV ramps you have got to be able to find a used utility trailer. Try www.americanclassifieds.com or www.craigslist.org/about/cities.html

    Or stay real close to home and take the mower to work.:walking:
     
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I went up down a ramp with a 27" snowblower 50 times a day almost no problems... it tends to chase you one the way down. When I tried it with a 36" toro it was WAY TOO scary. I had to buy a trailer, but I could see people doing it with a quick 36.

    If you're going to get ramps get metal, if you make your own with wood (I've done this) they can be precarious at times.
     
  5. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Driving through Plainfield one day last week, I saw a small, used 5x10 trailer in someones front yard. Here in the next day or so I will be driving by there again ... I look and see if it is still there ... see if there is a price on it ... or at least I'll get you the phone number. This trailer can't be all that much ... and it would be a whole heck of a lot easier and safer then loading it in the back of the truck.

    There's also in Plainfield a WB I have seen for sale ... but it's been there for a few weeks. Must either be over priced ... something wrong with it ... or both. Not sure what it is ... I have only seen it from a distance. It is red ... and looks to be smaller (like a 36" or so). Since it has been there so long ... my guess is it is over priced.

    When I get the info ... I'll put it in a PM to you.

    Dave
     
  6. mc24034

    mc24034 LawnSite Member
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    Just buy the metal ramps. Paid 105$ at pepboys for them. I run my quick 36 into my truck bed 20 times a day 2 days a week and havent had one problem!(knock on wood). Before you worry about the ramps though, I think you need to get the mower.
     
  7. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. mc24034

    mc24034 LawnSite Member
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    Hes not going to spend that much money. He already said he doesnt want to spend the 100-150$ on metal ramps.
     
  9. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can't wait to hear the story about how the mower fell off the ramp he uses.
     
  10. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm about ready to get one. It's a toss up between a used Toro Proline for $800 or a new Scag for $3000+
     

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