Most yard ramps perform one of two functions. They allow traffic from the ground into a trailer, container, truck bed or railcar or from a stationary dock down to the ground. Which of these applications comes closest to matching your job will be the design most appropriate for you. If you need a single piece of equipment to do it all choose the Mobile Loading Ramp.
When your needs would move a fork truck or vehicle up into or out of a building or other dock height structure, you need a stationary yard ramp. Typical docks are in the 39″ to 60″+ range and a 30′ all incline ramp work great. Add 6″ or a little extra per side to your widest box, pallet or piece of equipment for some maneuvering room and a decision about a few accessories and you have a perfect solution for your loading dock. Our most popular model for this application is our 16SYS7030NU (the NU stands for no undercarriage…if you don’t need to move the yard ramp you can save the money).
When you need to move into or out of a van, box or container you have the same decision elements plus the need for a level off zone at the top before your load enters or leaves the truck. The most popular length for this transition is 6′ but for a long load to be level and see well this can be increased. When you apply a capacity requirement of three times forklift truck capacity and a couple of accessory decisions your perfect solution becomes clear. Our 16,000# capacity model 84″ wide (78″ usable) and 36′ long (30′ of incline and 6′ of level off) is our most popular. #16SYS8436L
The one that started it all the Bluff (SYS) Yardramp has a new little brother. Don’t interpret incorrectly thinking that small means “not as tough”. There are a world of applications that have a target height that is one-half or less of normal dock height. When your high side is 33” or less you might consider this economical solution.
Yard ramps when used with our Loading Platform allows you to set up a complete dock (servicing multiple truck positions) anywhere you have access to real estate.