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best way unload a snowthrower?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by BladeScapes, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. BladeScapes

    BladeScapes Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I just bought a Troy Bilt Storm 1130 snow thrower, and it's pretty heavy. What's the best way to load and unload that thing out of the back of truck? I was thinking about using my carpenter buddy and fabricating some kind of ramp out of wood. I know I don't have the cash for some fancy unloader. What ya'll think? Oh and by the way it's supposed to snow here metro denver tonight!!! Hope It accumulates, It's been snowing pretty good in the rocky mountains already!!

    98 F150 4x4
    Meyer ST 7'5"
    Troy Bilt Storm 1130
  2. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    For somewhere around a c-note you could get a set of aluminum ramps. I use these for snowblower, walkbehind mower and motorcycle. I did start with wood ones of oak lumber I had on hand and added some traction material and ramp ends by Rampart, but the weight difference alone was worth the cost of the aluminum ones. The Oxlites are much better in the traction department too, and have a safety cable to prevent them from falling off.
  3. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    throw the snowthower in the snow that will cushion the landing. :D
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    Forget about wood and buy the aluminum ramps, they are worth the money.
  5. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    I second that. When taking the blower out of the truck you will need to be carefull. Once you get it to the top of the ramp it will come the rest of the way quite quickly. You are going to have to push against it the whole time to stop it from crashing down. I learned this the hard way and mine is only a Toro 826. Also buy the longest ramps you can afford.
  6. Wesley's Lawn

    Wesley's Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Just back up really fast with the tailgate down and then slam on the brakes. :D Some type of metal ramps are your best bet.
  7. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206


    Used wood for the first 5 years. Ice builds up quickly on the wood, hard to get off. Aluminum, give it a good bang and the ice falls off
  8. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    Northern Tools has some great aluminum ramps for around $300........up to 10,000 lbs....
  9. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    try www.harborfreight.com the shipping is only $11 and they usualy have some $59 steel ones that is what we use and i have loaded a deisel kawasaki mule 3010 with them, and besides you don't need 10,000lb'ers
  10. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Sell that thing to powerjoke, and buy a toro ccr. Problem solved.

  11. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    they have a wide range of weight capacities....up to 10,000 lbs......duh.....

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,581

    For quick clean ups I have the smallest single stage Toro in each truck. You can lift them in the box or put them in the v box salter. For the big clean ups use the alum. ramps and the two stage blowers. Yes the salt kills the little blowers but you can still get 2-3 seasons out of them.