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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by hob0918, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. hob0918

    hob0918 Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 7

    Hey guys, I am in need of a set of ramps. It looks like this year I am going to have a lot of sidewalks on my residential route. Need ramps to load and unload the snowblower out of the truck (GMC 2500). Looking for everybody's opinions.


  2. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    I would invest in some nice aluminum ramps. They are light weight but strong, and should have good traction. Making them out of 2x stock is probably not going to give you good traction.
  3. Kramer

    Kramer Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    the wooden ramps can be very slippery in icy conditions.....not sure about the aluminum ones...if you make wooden ones, try some of that slip resistant paint or something.:salute:

    WALKERS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    Aluminum ramps are the way to go but make sure you get good ones I will try to get a picture for you they run about $175.00 to $100.00. they allmost look like a ladder get the longest ones you can get and make sure the tie up to the truck (safety first). You ever thought of one of those receiver hitch mounts with a wire mesh platform beefed up. that works well to. Any way thought I would put my two cents in.:cool:
  5. victoryrider

    victoryrider Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Go on ebay and search aluminum ramps. I picked up a set that fold in half and they are great. I use them to haul an ATV. Price was right around $100 delivered.
  6. pats plowing

    pats plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    I use foldable 8' aluminum ramps and carry a bucket of sand with me. Ford pickups are higher in the back imo. Most of the time it goes up fine, but sand is needed especially if your out before the storm is over. The longer the better.
  7. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    I have a folding mesh ramp that replaces my tailgate. It is called a Buddy Ramp. I find it much safer and faster than a pair of aluminum ramps and it does not take up any space in the bed of your truck. The only downside is that it is a lot heavier than a stock tailgate.
  8. killed300ex

    killed300ex Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    I bought a set of the ramp ends that go on 2x10 and bought some 2x10x8 to use as the ramps. They do get a little slick but I just put some sheet metal screws in them from traction have yet to not be able to get something into the bed in the worst of conditions.
  9. CMB55

    CMB55 Junior Member
    Messages: 3


    I ran a snowblower Route for 5 years in Gaylord MI.[lots of snow and lots of cold]
    My advice would be to go with wood 2x10 and a metal tongue.
    The Aluminum will be a problem in sub zero temps,kind of a heat sink in reverse and
    picks up any humidity and forms ice. Even becoming "sticky" to handle with damp/wet mittens etc.
  10. Bigblue250

    Bigblue250 Member
    Messages: 54

    If you are gonna' run wood ramps, talk to a carpenter buddy and get some asphalt shingles. Nail them to the face of the ramp and no more slipping.
  11. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    2''x10''x8' with some black tar on them...works real good