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Wednesday, May 02 2018

Selecting a Yard Ramp suitable to your needs is a rather straight forward process, but there are still plenty of options you may not be famliar with. To help you get acquainted our ramp experts have put together answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

  1. What capacity does a Yard Ramp Require?
  2. How wide does the ramp need to be?
  3. What's the difference between the 36' Yard Ramp and the 30' Yard Ramp?
  4. Hydraulic Undercarriage, Adjustable legs, or legs with casters, which is right for me?
  5. Do you offer shorter ramp lengths?
  6. Whats the widest ramp you can make?

What Capacity Does a Yard Ramp Need?

The general rule of thumb for Yard Ramp capacity is to multiply a four wheeled Towmotor or forklifts capacity by three or multiply by four if the equipment has three wheels. This simple calculation ensures your Yard Ramp has the capacity to handle the live load weight, while also providing longevity. 

Example: A 5,000 lb capacity towmotor or forklift would require
   4 Wheels: 15,000 lbs. Capacity Ramp
   3 Wheels: 20,000 lbs. Capacity Ramp

Note: If used in excess of 8 hours a day always move up to the next weight capacity

Yard ramp capacity
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How wide does a Yard Ramp need to be?

To improve economy and reduce the need to reposition the Yard Ramp when unloading pallets closest to the door, we recommend a minimum Yard Ramp width finishing at 12" to 18" wider than the overall width of the towmotor, forklift, or pallet used. For improved end loading efficiency, you may consider increasing your Yard Ramp width, as shown in the diagram Below.

Yard ramp width required
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What's the difference between the 36' Yard Ramp and the 30' Yard Ramp?

For operations looking to load trailers without a loading dock the 36' yard ramp is the ideal choice for both economy and safety. This is due to the 6' level off allowing forklifts to enter and exit at a more even grade with the trailer. Should the forklift enter the trailer while still on the incline, such as when a 30' ramp is used, larger loads will require more manipulation of the forks to enter safely.

36ft Yard ramp vs 30ft
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Do you offer shorter ramp lengths?

Yes, Yard Ramps are available in any length you require. Our standard 30' and 36' foot yard ramps are ideal for the typical loading height of 48", but this may not be your situation. For stationary applciations with lower heights a shorter ramp often proves to be cheaper. The lead time for custom ramps ranges from 7-10 days depending on the complexity.

Whats the widest ramp you can make?

Just like the length yard ramps are available in custom widths as well. Our widest standard yard ramp would be the 120" wide model, however we have made them wider in the past by making the yard ramp in two pieces, bisected, so they may be welded together in the field by a certified welder.

Thank You For Reading.

We strive to ensure you are receiving the best service and price for your ramp, it's this reason we work with you to determine what size best suits your unique application. Should you have any questions about anything in this post or if you need a quote you can reach us at 1800-741-1258. We have a team of committed dock specialists ready to answer your questions and walk you through the process.

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