FAQs About Yard Ramps/Forklift Ramps
What is the typical height of a yard ramp or forklift ramp?
Most manufacturers offer yard/forklift ramps in the to 40’’-60’’ range. Others, such as Copperloy, have a broader standard range for their mobile yard ramps: 38″-65″ with a standard range for a dock-to-ground ramp of 38″-60″. Some manufacturers also offer customized ramps for unique height requirements.
What are the benefits of buying or renting a portable yard ramp?
- Portability. Yard ramps can be moved where the shipment is.
- 90-degree turns. Yard ramps allow a forklift to make a full 90-degree turn on the platform.
- Extra capacity. Portable yard ramps are a great temporary solution while keeping products moving at an operation’s main shipping and receiving areas. Use a yard ramp to create a temporary dock for extra busy times, whenever the need arises.
Should I choose a steel or aluminum yard ramp?
This depends on how you will use your yard ramp or forklift ramp and the weight capacities your operation requires. While aluminum is lighter and therefore easier to move and transport, this lighter weight means that it cannot handle the type of weight a steel ramp can. In general, an aluminum forklift ramp can accommodate up to about 16,000 pounds. However, a steel forklift ramp can hold much more, about 25,000 pounds.
Another consideration: If you intend to use your yard ramp anywhere near combustible materials, aluminum is recommended because unlike steel, it is unlikely to produce sparks. Aluminum also requires less maintenance. Steel is prone to rust, so if it will be used outdoors, occasional painting or treating is necessary. However, steel yard ramps will also last longer than aluminum.
How much does a portable yard ramp/forklift ramp cost?
When purchased new, standard yard ramps typically range from $6,000 to $12,000. As the unit’s dimensions and weight capacity increase, so does the overall cost. Material is also a factor, with steel ramps costing more than aluminum yard/forklift ramps.
Are there ways to save money on yard ramps or forklift ramps?
Definitely. If you are on a budget, you’ll be glad to know that some manufacturers and sellers offer previously-owned ramps at a discounted price. It’s a good idea to choose a used yard ramp or forklift ramp that is inspected and certified by the manufacturer. Also, consider rental programs from manufacturers such as Copperloy, which has a nationwide distribution system for rentals. If you think your operation will need a ramp only a few times per year, this might be the most economical option.
With yard ramps/forklift ramps, your operation can load or unload wherever space is available. Portable yard ramps give forklift operators access to trucks, trailers, and containers anywhere, any time, providing unprecedented flexibility in your operation.
Contact Copperloy for more information about new, used, and rental ramps.