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snowblower transport

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by captaingreen, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. captaingreen

    captaingreen Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I am an absoluely new to snowplowing, I own a lawncare business and am trying to supplement winter income by doing snow removal for my residential customers. I purchased a two stage snowthrower and as you can imagine am unable to lift it into the back of my truck. My question is how do you guys transport your snowthrowers from job to job. I have thought of ramps, but you could slip, trailers can slide, so on so on, any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. apkole

    apkole Member
    Messages: 75

    There are platforms which slide into the hitch recievers on pickups and SUVs. These come with ramps and are lower to the ground than the tailgate. Used for transporting atv's but might work for snowblowers as well. Just a thought.
  3. petra

    petra Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    captain green, that is what I saw another company in my area do. It is a platform that fits into trailer hitch and a ramp that folds down. I dont know how much wieght it can hold but it seemed to work for this guy.
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Tommy lift , hydraulic lift gate. The best back saver made.
  5. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    You can put chicken wire on your ramps.
  6. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I bought what's called a 'Buddy Ramp'. It's made in New Brunswick Canada. It takes the place of your tailgate. It is a ramp which unfolds into three sections on hinges. Made out of tube metal and covered in mesh steel. Great traction, haven't slipped yet. Helps me see backing up too.

    SNOBLOMAN Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I use my small utility trailer. Strap it down between accounts and you should be fine. Sometime I let it idle if it is a short distance between. I think it would be much easier to use a trailer than to lift it onto a platform or into the back of a truck.
  8. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    Buy a smaller snowblower:D
  9. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    When ramp is up...

  10. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Unfolding ramp...
    It's rated for 1000 #
    ( No....that ISN"T me..this is from the website..)

    buddy ramp.jpg
  11. computerguy

    computerguy Member
    Messages: 88

    I went to Lowes. They have some aluminum ramps. $140 for the pair. Works great, light and non slip for the blower to run right up on. Not sure what I'll do when I add a hitch spreader.
  12. CMerLand

    CMerLand Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    We use a pair of simple wooden planks with a set of rampart ends to run the blowers up into the trucks. We dont walk up the ramp as the blower goes up but rather walk right in between the planks as the machine goes up. Because we carry salt and potassium on a pallet up at the front of the bed, the blower fits in perfectly behind the materials and we can shut the blower off while standing outside the tailgate. Then a couple of friction straps and were moving again.

    Remember KISS. Keep it simple st$#@d.

    Computer guy. As far as the hitch spreader, get a swing away bed mount and then you can access your bed for the snowblowers or to load materials into the bed.
  13. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    hmm the folding metal ramps i havent had a problem with
  14. captaingreen

    captaingreen Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Thank you all for your input. There are some really good suggestions here. I think I'll check into the foldable ramp that replaces the tailgate, and the aluminum ramps. Thanks again guys!:D
  15. Landscape80

    Landscape80 Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    Got ramps?

    I have a set of aluminum ramps that I bought from my tractor dealer. Paid $139 a few years back. They each hold 500 pounds...some of the best $$ I ever spent. Even if you don't use them (normally I dont, cause I use an 18' trailer) it's still nice to have them just in case. I carry the blower in the back of my truck when I go out, use em, every time, very nice.....best money........:D

  16. Murf67

    Murf67 Member
    Messages: 38

    I bought a cargo carrier for my 4runner. My blowers only weighs 150lbs so it is easy to lift up
  17. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    When you DO get a spreader for the back, do yourself a big favor, and do not get a hitch reciever type. Get a regular one that also has a swing out mount, so you can get to your tailgate, too. This way, you can use ramps for your snowblower, AND you can have pallets of bags simply loaded into your tyruck, without having to handle the bags.
  18. wolfears

    wolfears Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I bought a set of 6ft aluminum ATV ramps at Canadian Tire for $100.
    They provide excellent traction and you can set them up in no time.
    I have no problem getting my blower into my van, it will get in under it's own power, but it is a lots of work trying to get it into my 4x4 pickup, as it sits very high and the angle is therefore really steep.
    I have to push very hard to get the blower in.
    My blower is a Yard Works with 10.5 hp tecumsesh Snow King and it is a heavy beast.
  19. JElmWin

    JElmWin Senior Member
    Messages: 232

    I have a SnowEx spreader with a swing away mount. I leave the tailgate off as particulate tends to get trapped in between. I put a set of Rampart ends on a pair of 2x8x8 Treated. Cost, $25. Power my 28" MTD up the ramps, not stepping on them. I leave my blower in back, parallel to salter. Be sure to point chute toward back of truck so wind doesn't catch it. I use it at least a dozen times per storm and it takes app. 1 min. on/off.
    I would be cautious about the hitch mounted platforms. Remember you're already driving an oversizes vehicle in dangerous conditions. Also, could be a problem when plowing?
  20. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I would just like to add, that that is a very good point about facing the chute toward the back, so it doesn't get caught by the wind.;)