In the market for a yard ramp, but wondering if you should rent or buy? Sometimes it makes more sense to rent.
Consider this example.
Summer is here in Ohio, meaning it’s time to plant the backyard garden. Of course, the soil still needs some TLC—even after a mild Ohio winter. A walk-behind tiller can make quick work of preparing the soil in advance of planting, but it’s a job that only needs to be done once per season.
So rather than invest in a tiller, why not opt to rent it from the local hardware store? It makes quick work of the task, while also saving money.
This same logic can also be applied to your business when you’re in need of a yard ramp, but only for a specified job or length of time. No matter what the situation, a yard ramp can speed up the loading and unloading process, while also saving you money in the long run.
Read on to learn about some of the scenarios where renting a yard ramp over purchasing can make more sense, as well as some of the safety benefits.
Seasonal or Short-Term Yard Ramp Rental
Oftentimes, seasonal businesses will only need a yard ramp for six months or less. Renting a yard ramp (one-month minimum) can allow your employees to not only unload faster, but also do so safely.
Or maybe you have one job that could be completed faster with a yard ramp. We had a beverage company that was moving to a new facility. Renting a yard ramp helped speed up the move-in process for that customer.
Still other companies will rent warehouse space knowing that they won’t have a need for additional yard ramps once the lease is up in a year. Rather than have to sell the ramp or put it into storage, they can simply return the ramp to us.
Focus on Employee Safety
Copperloy yard ramps, whether rented or purchased, can also improve the work environment for employees. Ramps help limit manual lifting, which can lead to injury.
Our ramps connect to trailers or docks in a one-piece system. When the ramp is connected to a trailer, the ramp moves up or down as the trailer is loaded or unloaded. Competitor ramps often have flip-down plates, which can cause pinch points for employees. These ramps also often have legs, which can make it difficult for the forklift to get in and out of the trailer.
Try Before You Buy Your Ramp
Finally, renting a yard ramp from Copperloy can also give you a chance to try out our loading dock equipment for a few months before making the decision to buy. All of our yard ramps available for rent are factory certified at our facility in Twinsburg, Ohio.
Maximize Productivity with Copperloy Dock Boards
Your loading dock needs to be efficient as well as safe. Docks can be a dangerous place, especially when forklifts are in use on uneven grades. The risk of injury increases dramatically.
Dock boards, as well as yard ramps, bridge the gap between elevations to help stabilize forklifts and keep your employees safe. With a dock board or a yard ramp, you’ll enjoy a more productive, more efficient, and safer work environment.
Copperloy produces a huge array of dock boards and plates with different capacities, features, and specifications. Did you know that a dock board can be a ramp as well? Even if there isn’t a height difference at the dock, dock boards are still ramps and vital to safe material handling. We offer dock boards as well as plates in both aluminum and steel, with multiple curb options.
Steel Dock Boards with Welded Steel Curbs
Our steel dock boards with welded curbs are capable of enduring even the toughest work environments. In fact, this our most durable dock board option, featuring a steel tread plate date and high-strength, welded steel curbs. These boards come in 15,000 or 20,000-pound capacities with 60, 72, and 84-inch widths as well as other options for height and length differential.
The standard features of our steel dock boards include 5.5-inch curbs, fold-down lifting loops, 18-inch locking legs, and an 11-inch lip. A 14-inch lip is also available along with many other size and capacity options.
- Fully welded all steel curbs.
- Heavy steel treadplate deck for high durability and extended service life.
- Most durable for the greatest value.
- Engineered for the toughest duty cycles.
- Fold-down lift loops are standard.
- Lift chains upon request.
Aluminum Dock Boards with Welded Aluminum Curbs
These dock boards are all aluminum with welded aluminum curbs and come in a wide variety of models. Choose from 10,000, 12,000, and 15,000-pound capacities, 9-inch and 13-inch locking legs, 11 or 14-inch lips, and 4-inch aluminum curbs. Widths vary from 54 to 72 inches and lengths from 30 to 84 inches depending on the capacity. So, you can find a tough, lightweight dock board for any situation with pricing that suits your budget.
- Fully welded aluminum curbs for the highest strength.
- Tough aluminum tread-plate for a lightweight, corrosion-free surface.
- Mid to rough duty cycles.
- Lightweight design for improved maneuverability.
Aluminum Dock Board with Bolt-on Steel Curbs
We also offer aluminum dock boards with bolt-on steel curbs, so they combine the lightweight features with durable construction to create the ideal affordable dock board option. Standard weight capacities for this model are 10,000 and 15,000 pounds with both capacities available in widths of 54 to 72 inches and lengths from 36 to 72 inches. These also feature an 11-inch lip, optional 14-inch lip, 4-inch curbs, 9 and 13-inch locking legs, and lift chain options.
- Structural steel curbs bolted on 6″ centers.
- Tough aluminum tread-plate deck for a lightweight, high-traction, corrosion-free surface.
- Low-cost alternative.
Custom Dock Solutions
Have a unique loading dock need? Even if your warehouse design is unique, our engineering team can help with a custom solution. There’s no challenge too difficult, and no specification or circumstance too unique—we can develop the perfect solution, tailor-made for your real-world application in three easy steps.
1. Initial Call – When we get your initial call, we’ll gather the details for your specific application, including any necessary measurements, such as dock height, weight of your equipment, width requirements, and any restrictions.
2. Engineering Department – Our team of talented engineers reviews your specifications and a meeting with the production manager provides you with the time it will take to fabricate your custom solution.
3. Final Design and Pricing – Next, we reach out to local material providers to obtain current pricing. A design is drawn for approval, and cost determined. We send the quote to you for review.
Our engineering team has supplied a number of custom solutions, including a two-piece ramp design for a company in Macedonia, Ohio, which manufactures industrial wire and cable. Copperloy was able to design the ramp to handle the large weight capacities of trucks, plus the cable or wire being hauled. The 50-foot-long ramp also allows for trailers with low clearance to drive into their building. Find out more about this custom manufactured dock-to-ground ramp.
Our custom solutions aren’t specific to industrial or warehouse settings. We also designed and built a ramp 99 inches wide for use on a farm in Bowling Green, Ohio. This customer needed a wider-width ramp to load material onto a drop deck trailer.
While our standard yard ramps are available in 70 or 84-inch widths, our engineering team was able to determine a way to provide the necessary specifications for the client. Read more about the shipping challenges we overcame for this particular yard ramp solution.
Have a unique material handling or dock ramp need? Copperloy is here to help with your custom design solution.
When you need a yard ramp for your loading dock sooner rather than later, don’t overlook the possibility of purchasing used equipment. Used ramps are in stock and available faster than a new ramp made to order, and the price is usually lower than purchasing new.
Buying used yard ramps allows you to increase productivity at your facility that much faster. While concerns about reliability are valid, you can alleviate those fears by asking a few simple questions prior to making your purchase.
Has the used ramp been inspected?
At Copperloy, we use a 44-point detailed inspection checklist to certify that your used yard ramp is in excellent working condition. Some examples of things we check are structural integrity, hydraulics and overall working order. The more detailed the inspection, the better.
Is the ramp covered under any kind of warranty?
At Copperloy, we inspect and then resell only Copperloy-branded yard ramps. We’re able to offer a 6-month warranty on the hydraulic portion of the ramp, as well as a 3-year warranty on the ramp structure. If the used ramp you’re considering doesn’t offer any type of warranty, you may want to reconsider your purchase.
Are used ramps available to Copperloy distributors?
Yes! Let us know what your customer needs, and if we have a used ramp in stock that matches those specifications, we’ll certainly let you know. You fulfill your customer’s request that much faster and at a lower cost.
Recently, we had a customer that needed a ramp in a hurry. While our standard ramps are usually constructed in about 2 weeks, this particular client was on an accelerated schedule. We happened to have a used ramp in stock that fit their application. As far as timing and cost, the ramp was a perfect fit. The customer also benefitted from our detailed inspection and the peace of mind a factory-certified product provides.
In the market for a used ramp for your warehouse or industrial facility? We can help narrow down your search. Contact us today to find out more.
Most companies strive towards continually improving and fine-tuning their distribution methods. Safety and efficiency of delivery methods can have a significant impact on the overall profitability of a business. Therefore, integrating the most current and effective delivery methods, tools and practices is key to maximizing profitability. This includes everything from maximizing load capacities to ensuring that loading docks are efficient and safe throughout the entire delivery landscape.
Extra Large Yard Ramps Making Docks Safer and Faster to Maneuver
Loading docks have inherent dangers that can pose considerable risk to delivery personnel. Copperloy has made it our mission for over 60 years to engineer the safest and most efficient systems for our clientele. We understand the catastrophic effects that workplace injuries can have on employees and businesses alike. Having yard ramps that are sized appropriately to a dock’s particular space requirements and equipment specifications can reduce many risks associated with poorly fitted ramps.
Faster Delivery Equals Higher Profits
Enabling delivery personnel to move more efficiently through their delivery process by utilizing the benefits of extra large yard ramps, saves considerable and valuable time and thus increases the overall profitability of your business’ bottom line. At Copperloy, we understand the dramatic effect that increased efficiency and enhanced safety has on a company. Speeding up the delivery process through these measures can help to maximize the success of your business.
Extra Large Yard Ramp Enhanced Specifications
Copperloy yard ramps are constructed with steel serrated grating, providing increased traction and durability. This also enhances efficiency and safety in inclement weather as it allows for snow and rain to fall through, leading to less risk to your delivery personnel. Our yard ramps feature a capacity that ranges from 16,000 to 60,000 pounds, 36-feet long, and are available in widths of either 70 or 84 inches. A hydraulic pump can adjust yard ramp height, allowing for 37 to 65 inch heights. Our Copperloy yard ramps also help to prevent runoff with steel side curb features. Many ramps are ANSI compliant.
The Delivery Landscape and Planning Ahead to Increase Your Bottom Line
Often at Copperloy, we find that our customers run into delivery issues or problems because the design elements of their loading docks were not created to anticipate the future evolution of their manufacturing and production needs. Docks often have schematics that are not able to accommodate standard delivery. Insufficient approaches, small doorways, excessive slopes, gravel approaches, improper bumper projections, and docks that are too low. Copperloy can help you plan ahead so you can avoid hefty remodeling costs down the road. These include knock out panel walls and building docks to suit industry standards or anticipated changes and expansions can save your business considerable time and money.
At Copperloy, we have an in-house engineering team and manufacturing facility that is able to custom manufacture yard ramps for almost any size and capacity requirement that you may have for your business. We invite you to call us for a professional consultation to discuss your special requirements and requests. Call a Copperloy specialist today at 800-321-4968.
Recently, we were approached to build a custom ramp for use on a farm in Bowling Green, Ohio. The ramp, with a 20,000-pound capacity needed to be 99 inches wide. The customer required a ramp with greater width in order to load material onto a drop deck trailer.
With over 60 years of experience, Copperloy has become an industry leader in dock equipment and yard ramps. Our team of professionals is always up to the challenge of finding solutions to new problems. With our in-house engineering department, we can help design a custom product that will meet the needs of virtually any application. We can then turn that design into reality in our 70,000 square-foot steel fabrication facility.
The standard yard ramps built by Copperloy are 36 feet long, available in widths of either 70 or 84 inches, and capacities from 16,000 to 60,000 pounds. From time to time, however, we are asked to build a custom ramp to meet the specific needs of one of our clients.
A ramp with a width of 99 inches presented a new problem: it would not fit into a standard shipping container. We, therefore, had to weld a 91-inch custom extension plate to the top of the ramp, allowing access into seaport containers.
The finished custom ramp is 36 feet long with an 8-foot level off on top. The length and the level off are both standard. Although this particular client did not require it, we are also able to customize a ramp to have a 10-foot level off.
This ramp will need to be moved from farm to farm, a distance of roughly one mile. So, the customer requested the tow bar option, which will allow it to be towed at a low speed of 3 to 5 mph.
This is certainly one of the more singular custom ramps we have built to date. So, if one of our standard yard ramp, dock ramp or loading dock equipment solutions don’t quite meet your needs, the pros at Copperloy are ready to design and build a custom solution that is right for you.
Choosing the Right Yard Ramp for You
Copperloy is the industry leader for high quality yard ramps of all kinds. Whatever you need, we have you covered. But what exactly do you have in mind? What’s the correct yard ramp for your business and facility? Of course, there’s no single perfect solution, instead, you have to narrow down your choices and find the best match for your specific needs.
The first question to ask yourself is if you’re looking for a yard ramp to go from a truck bed to the ground, or from dock level to the ground. This tells you right away whether you should be looking for a mobile yard ramp or a dock to ground ramp.
Next, consider the way you’ll be using your ramp, and the specifications you need. When it comes to capacity, be sure to consider the combined weight of your forklift or other equipment, in tandem with its own maximum load.
For sizing, take the measurements of your facility and any necessary structures or other equipment utilized. There are multiple specifications to be concerned with, including the overall length of the ramp, its usable width, as well as its overall width, its functional height range, and even how much it weighs.
Also ask yourself, should you be buying new or used? Should you even be buying, or should you be renting? It all depends on the flexibility you’re looking to have, as well as your potential future needs, changes to your business, and of course, how much you’re willing to spend now.
If you have any questions about our current yard ramp lineup or if you need assistance narrowing down the selection and choosing the perfect ramp for your facility, then call the Copperloy team at 800-321-4968“>800-321-4968 today.
Set Up Your Dock to Ground Ramp
So you’ve purchased a new dock to ground ramp, congratulations! Now it’s time to make sure you put it to use correctly. Copperloy provides all of our customers with detailed installation instructions and a comprehensive user manual, however, this quick guide can be used as a resource as well.
First, of course, you’ll need to unload your ramp after shipment. Position two lifts, one on each side of the ramp, and have them engage the ramp, clearing it of the carrier and any supports. Have the carrier drive forward and clear the ramp, and the slowly lower the ramp to the ground, placing it atop wood blocks.
You will then be able to position the ramp into place. To set up your dock to ground ramp, you’ll need to first attach its safety chain brackets to the dock face. Then, keep the bumper plates as close to the dock face as possible to prevent movement, and square up the ramp in position on the dock surface. Attach the safety chains to the brackets on the dock face, with as little slack as possible to keep it secure.
It’s basically that easy, you have already successfully set up your facility’s dock to ground ramp.