Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Loading Ramp for the Job

There are many loading ramps on the market. Choosing the right ramp is essential if you want your loading task to go smoothly. The wrong type of ramp could not only slow you down, it could end up causing a costly accident.

Here’s our guide to finding the best equipment for the job and completing your loading task without any headaches.

Ramps by type:

 

Plant and Vehicle Ramps: Heavy duty ramps with large loading capacity. Able to support plant machinery and substantial vehicles.

Van Equipment Ramps: Small to medium sized ramps which attach to vans and assist loading heavy or bulky equipment.

Garden Equipment and Motorcycle Ramps: Great for loading machinery such as lawnmowers onto transportation vehicles. Often use a lower gradient or arched design to allow for low ground clearance.

Wheelchair Ramps: Offer a convenient solution to access requirements for wheelchair users by assisting over thresholds and steps.

Custom Ramps: Uniquely built to your specifications for custom tasks which other ramp designs cannot cater for. This could include awkward spaces or unusual machinery.

Key questions to ask before purchasing:

What load capacity do you need?

Check the total weight of the equipment you are loading, including anyone who will be operating machinery on the ramp. It’s vital your load does not exceed the ramp’s maximum loading capacity. Heavy duty designs are available to safely support larger loads.

What ramp length do you need?

The higher your loading platform, the longer your ramp will need to be to maintain a safe ramp angle which isn’t too steep. Gradient will also need to account for the power of the vehicle: disability ramps, for example, will need a more gradual incline that a quadbike ramp. Choosing the correct ramp length guards against your load rolling or sliding which can be extremely dangerous.

What type of wheel are you working with?

Make sure your ramp is compatible will the wheel type of your load: different wheels will track better on certain surfaces. For example, metal tracks will need a different tread style to those with rubber or solid tyres. Smaller wheels will also require more closely spaced rungs or a solid ramp surface.

How will your ramp be stored?

Bear in mind whether your ramp will need to be stored and where it will be kept. Folding ramps make storage easier by optimising storage space in comparison to rigid ramps.

At Rampco, we stock ramps with exceptional grip and durability in a wide range of designs and loading capabilities. Use our sidebar search facility to input your requirements and find the right ramp for the job.

Want to discuss your project with one of our experts? Talk to the team on: +44 (0) 1920 823940