Loading docks are a great way to unload materials from a trucks to your storehouse. But they are by no means the only way to do it. For many businesses, a yard ramp is a more practical and cost effective solution.
Yard ramps are cheaper and more maneuverable than a loading dock.
What is a Yard Ramp?
Chances are you’ve seen a yard ramp even if you didn’t know its name. In fact, yard ramps go by many names including mobile ramps, container ramps, loading dock ramps, and sometimes spelled yardramps without a space. They are simply ramps that go from truck level to ground level.
Yard ramps are convenient because they’re light enough to be moved but strong enough to support forklifts. Many are fashioned with heavy duty pneumatic tires.
Yard ramps are often paired with portable dock platforms, allowing extra space for unloading equipment and materials.
Is a Yard Ramp Right for You?
If you don’t have a loading dock but you need to unload materials frequently from trucks, you should definitely consider getting a yard ramp or two. They can easily save you strain and effort.
For those who have a loading dock (or multiple loading docks) a yard ramp can still be a great thing to have. Due to its mobility and versatility, a yard ramp can enable you to load or unload a truck that is away from your ramp. It can potentially be used to load from the ground up to your loading dock if your dock does not have a lift.
Remember there are two main types of yards ramps. There is the standard yard ramp and the level off yard ramp. The standard ramp goes at a constant angle from bottom to top while the level off ramp “levels off” at the top. This gives you a bit more room to maneuver.
Whatever your circumstance, a good yard ramp can usually come in handy. We highly recommend having one or two.