How to Choose the Right Yard Ramp

The yard ramp you choose for your operation will have a significant impact on efficiency and safety. Whether you are a small warehouse or a large distribution centre, it is crucial to invest in the right equipment. As a leading provider of quality mobile ramps for various industries and operations, the team at Dura-Ramp knows how difficult it can be to determine which ramp is right for your needs. That is why we have provided some information outlining how to choose the right yard ramp for your facility, the equipment you use, and the materials you handle.

Choosing a Yard Ramp

Learn what yard ramps are and how they can enhance your operation.

3 Elements to Consider When Choosing a Yard Ramp

When selecting a yard ramp for your operation, it is crucial to consider the following elements:

1. Your Minimum Weight Capacity Requirements

Before choosing a yard ramp, you will need to calculate the weight of the materials you handle and the equipment used to handle them. Determine the weight of your heaviest forklift or other equipment that will be used and multiply this by 3. This number will serve as your minimum weight capacity requirement while ensuring that you have enough capacity to safely handle heavy materials.

2. The Width of Your Equipment and Materials

In addition to the weight of your equipment and materials, it is crucial to consider the width of these elements. If your forklift or pallets are too wide for your ramp, you will not be able to get the job done. Measure the width of your widest equipment or materials and add 12” to this measurement. This will ensure that you are choosing a ramp that gives you sufficient room to safely operate your equipment.

3. Performance and Safety Features

Additional performance and safety features are available for most yard ramps, allowing you to create the perfect addition to your operation. For example, you can add a 16” transition plate or an integrated dock leveller based on your needs to ensure a smoother transition between your ramp and the vehicle trailer. If your ramp will feature heavy foot traffic, you can choose to install removable hand railings to enhance safety. Consider how your ramp will be used, the environment it will be used in, and how often you will need to move/adjust it to determine which performance and safety features you will benefit from the most.

To learn more about our selection of quality yard ramps, get in touch with the team at Dura-Ramp. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to help you select the perfect solution for your facility, equipment, and the materials you handle.

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