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pick up truck and ramps

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by stevesmowing, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    I have the safe T ramp love it don't also can get more on the truck.
  2. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Does any place around rochester ny fabricate them up?
  3. Mats

    Mats LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,934

    The ramp ends have a hole for a pin and you drill a corresponding hole in your tailgate. A pin then secures the ramp to the tailgate so the ramps don't slip. I use 10" ramp ends I bought at Pepboys attached to a 2 x 12". I don't mow and don't know about loading a heavy mower with these ramps but they work just fine for heavy wheelbarrows. Check your local auto parts store and look in the trailer/tow hitch section.
  4. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    the pins looked small to me , do they just pull out to get the ramps off the tail gate?
  5. Mats

    Mats LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,934

    They are small, they just hold the ramp end in place on the tail gate. And yes, you just pull them out to remove the ramps. I've lost my supplied pins and use 2 1/4" #8 machine screws as replacements.

    As I've said, I don't mow, but wouldn't use these wood ramps to load something as large and heavy as the mower pictured in your avatar. I just use these ramps to get loaded wheelbarrows in my truck's bed.
  6. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    I use those same ramp ends from Northern Tool. I mounted them to green treated 2x10's and put 3 of the ramp mats (prevent slipping & sliding) on each ramp. The steel mesh would work better as the rubber mats still get slippery. I use these ramps to load/unload my ATV. They work fine, but are dangerous. Must be very careful when there is the slightest bit of moisture on the ramps or tires. The pins are small but pretty strong, I've bent one but never snapped one.

    I'm not going to say "don't use wood ramps" but I would try to find an alternate solution.

    There are some aluminum ATV ramps that have three sections and fold up, they may work better depending on the size of your tires. Cost is about $100 and they are very sturdy.

  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I say go with a USARAMP type unit.

    I know you said they are more then what you want to spend, but how much is your safety worth?

    One slip and your truck could get damaged, your mower could get damaged, or YOU could get damaged. Not worth it.

    If USARamp is too much, shop around the internet for others (do a search for truck ramps), or visit some local metal fabrication shops (look in your phone book) and see what they can do for you.

    In the end, you'll be happy you did.
  8. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    if i did go with the safe-t ramps from like usaramps would you guys suggest a 7 foot or 8 foot, again its for an encore 48" belt drive walk behind. Its almost identical to the scag belt drive walk behind
  9. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    i just did some tests with scale drawings on paper how do the diff angles on the sections work where the seem is. Even if I had 10 foot ramps it looks like i would bottom out on the mower. I only have 2" clearence between the deck and the ground however blades are set to 3" My truck tail gate is 34" inches up. Does anyone else have problems with bottoming out?
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    why not take the money for those and find a little used trailer????? Maybe someone on here has one. That way saftey is covered and you have the bed of the truck for trimmer,gas etc........

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