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Questions to Ask When Buying Yard Ramps

yard rampsPurchasing a yard ramp for your company is no simple feat. While investing in one is cheaper than building a concrete dock, it is still a relatively expensive investment. Your goal should be to find a quality yard ramp that fits your businesses needs and your budgetary needs.

What are the rest of the specifications?

One of the most important questions to ask is what the specifications are. Yard ramps come in a variety of sizes and it is important to find out if the manufacturer produces the size you need.

The main specifications that contribute to the differing sizes in yard ramps are length, usable width, and capacity. For example, Medlin Ramps carries yard ramps with the length of 30 feet, usable widths of 64 inches and 78 inches, and capacities from 16k to 40k.

What is the usable width?

Depending on your experience with yard ramps, you may or may not know what “usable width” is. For the sake of those that don’t know, let us explain. Usable width is the actual width of the ramp that can be used by either a forklift or personnel. Yard ramps typically include a safety curb on each side which contributes to the overall width of the ramp. However, it is misleading if a company were to give you the width of the overall ramp because the usable width is actually less. This could mean the difference between your forklift fitting and not fitting.

Should I get a yard ramp or a mobile yard ramp?

This is a question that you need to ask yourself and any personnel who are responsible for moving pallets and things of that nature. Stationary yard ramp and mobile yard ramps have similar uses, however each provides different benefits.

What types of materials are used to build the yard ramps?

You want to find out the materials used to build your yard ramp primarily because it can give you an indication of overall quality. Medlin Ramps using heavy duty carbon steel channel for the framing. Serrated grating provides the best surface traction in all weather conditions while also preventing build up of derby. Each end of our ramps has a diamond plate surface.

What are my customization options?

Customization options are an important factor when asking about yard ramps especially if you have a unique situation. For example you may have a forklift or machinery that has an abnormal wheel height in which you would need extended curbs. Additionally, if you are planning on using your yard ramp for a personnel walk ramp, you’d want to know if handrails can be provided.

For more information about purchasing yard ramps, contact Medlin Ramps online or give us a call at 877-4-MEDLIN.