Yard Ramp Applications
Most yard ramps
perform one of two functions. They allow traffic from the ground up
into a truck bed or from the dock level down to the ground. Which of
these jobs you choose to do will dictate which of the designs will be
most apporiate for your application.
Dock-to-ground and back, normally indicates that
either a vehicle or forklift needs to be moved back and forth. If the
dock is in the 39" to 60"+ range then a 30' all incline yard ramp is
the choice that makes the most sense. A width that allows for the
equipment plus some manuvering room and a decision about a few
accessories and you have a perfect solution for your loading dock. Our
most popular yard ramp 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).
Ground-to-truck has the same decision elements
plus the need for a level off zone at the top before your load enters
or leaves the truck. The length of this level off is dictated by your
truck and load length (the most popular length is 6'). When you apply a
capacity requirement of three times forklift truck capacity and a
couple of accessory decisions your perfect solution becomes clear. We
find that our 16SYS8436L model yard ramp is our most popular.
Choosing a Yard Ramp
Most loading done by forklift trucks into
semi trailers works best with 30' of ramp and then a level-off area
(usually) 6'. Many competitors will try to beat our price with
20' to 24' of ramp but when on the job will present the driver with a
very steep grade and sometimes not easily overcome by their forklift
truck. JMH's design can be scaled back all the way to a 15' MiniRamp or extended to 50' or longer dependent on your application.
A yardramp capacity should be a working capacity and not just what the structure will hold up.
JMH Yardramps start at 12,000 lbs go to 16,000 lbs, 20,000 lbs
and up to 60,000 lbs. Specials can even be rated above that.
We find that the majority of applications are served very well
with either the 16,000 lbs or the 20,000 lbs model. Both of these
units are in stock and available for immediate shipment from 8 of our
12 warehouses conveniently situated around the US.
Many competitive brands list their
capacities with no allowance for velocity (speed at which your
business loads and unloads) or durability (how long the loading ramp
can do it’s job and be safe). JMH uses a rule of thumb of three
times the forklift truck capacity (rated on model number plate on dash
of forklift) as a starting point.
i.e. 6,000 lbs capacity forklift X 3 = 18,000 lbs or 20,000# Yardramp.
If the velocity is brisk and there are multiple
shifts your JMH representative might recommend upgrading to a 25,000
lbs unit….this would give you heavier gauge structure and more beams
on shorter centers.
We might recommend a unit with a thicker grating material….we start at 1-3/4” while others start at 1-1/4”.