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anyone use ramps?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    anyone use aluminum ramps, to get a mower on and off a truck. i mean like, on a regular basis, 15-20 times a day. i havn't tried this, but i fear it may be a safety hazard. anyone do it like this? any accidents?
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    I will for this year. I'm putting a false bottom on the floor of the truck so i can load a Turf Tracer 60" so i dont need a trailer.

    If you try this with a rider, i would recommend you "Winch" the mower up and down so you don't kill yourself.

    Using the correct ramps is vital to success to.
  3. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    had a ramp give out on me while loading my old troy-built rider that i started with. a 4wd truck doesn't look too high until you and a rider fall off of it at the same time. bought my first trailer the next day. if i had to load into the back of a truch now, i would find a ditch to back into and load that way. the older i get, the fewer times i have to experience pain before i find a new way to do stuff.
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Pain Sucks :cry:
  5. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    my buddy did it everyday last summer, never a problem. He used 10' wood planks whenever he used his trailer (trailer was 4' off the ground) and aluminum ramps for his truck.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Buy one of those cheap $199 trailors from TSC or wal-mart they cost less than good ramps are closer to the ground and work well if your not putting 1000 of miles a yr on one. & they can be towed by small little cars
  7. Justcutitshort

    Justcutitshort LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Hey, I saw a post by a guy "benshaift" or something like on another site, who did the same thing as your are thinking.
    Trying looking up that name, it may help.
  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Thats Doc Pete.:waving:
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812


    What if you dont want to use a trailer?? I still have a trailer but i just dont want to use it.
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    i tried it a couple of times, was a bit scary form me... but i can certainly see the advantage of not using a trailor if you dont have too...

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