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Wooden Ramps

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Husky03, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    I have a 10' x 7' trailer that I purchased to use for mowing. It is a dump trailer that the guy used for his quads. I need to be able to get my mower on and off of my trailer safely. I do not know which mower I am going to buy yet, but it is going to be over 400 pounds so I do not think the boards with the metal ends are going to work very well. I already purchased the metal board ends and fastened them to a 2'' x 6'' board, now I am having second thoughts. The mower I get is going to be a gear drive so I will not be able to back it onto the trailer. I was going to walk behind up the boards and to get it off I was going to just turn it around and drive it off of the trailer. There would be plenty of room on my trailer to turn it around. If I am careful can i do this safely or what should I do? I cannot afford to spend a ton of money on ramps at this time. Thanks for any help :)
     
  2. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    A trailer dealer near you would most likely build and install a typical expanded metal gate/ramp for 95 beans.

    Do that instead of anything else.
     
  3. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    I would suggest finding a really old trailer somewhere in a junkyard maybe and jus salvaging the door on the back of it, or you could get some plywood, 2 by 4's, some sheet metal, and some hinges or something, work something out dude, this should be your chance to be creative, I could think of a bunch of things to solve this problem, i jus don't wanna explain it all.

    Jeff
     
  4. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    NNJLandman, that is the the problem. I am not very creative.
    GeeVee, I will see if there are any trailer dealers locally. I cannot think of any off the top of my head. $95 seams a little cheap to me.
     
  5. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    check EBay under "aluminum atv ramp"
     
  6. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    how high is the trailer off the ground? and what kind of mower, walk behind or rider?
    a walk behind should have no trouble on the wooden ramps. i loaded a 48" wb up and down on my dumptruck, whichis about waist high. a trailer should be lower then that.
    I don't think you'll find a door installed or anything for $95 dollars. everything is cheaper in florida. for a ramp door here, would be no less then $300 installed.
     
  7. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Your wooden ramps will work allright.
    If you're worried about the weight, just put a couple of cinder blocks midway underneith the ramps.
     
  8. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    Husky, I strongly concur with GV's advice.. Find someone who can build you a ramp.. Around here A guy wanted @ 220 to build one. Which is dirt cheap compared to a hospital visit after the mower falls off of or breaks the boards, hurting or killing you... I would still do it even if the trailer is only 18" to 2 feet off the ground based on the time savings alone vs. ramps....
     
  9. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    i have wooden ramps and go up and down my truck everday. I back my gear drive down with no problem.
     
  10. TrueTrim1

    TrueTrim1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I would not be as concerned about the wood breaking as I would be about the ramps either slipping off the trailer, the mower falling off the ramps ( afew inches one way or another and you've had it), or the mower slipping on the ramps when it is wet.

    I thought about wooden ramps myself at first, but then decided that it would be too risky. One mistake loading or unloading could be all it takes.
     

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