When do you choose what ramps?

The new range of ramps provides you with various lengths, widths and configurations

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The new range of ramps provides you with various lengths, widths and configurations. We also have our well-known ECO ramp and loose aluminium ramps. So many different choices, but when should you choose what ramp? In this blog, we will explain when it is best to choose each type of ramp.

First of all, it is important for you to know the aspects you should take into account:

The choice of ramp is always determined by the cargo you will be transporting with it. Does the cargo have enough ground clearance so it does not hung up on a steep ramp angle, and does the cargo have enough ‘power’ to drive up a steep ramp?

Hydraulic ramps

Single ramps

Single ramps with a slope of 13° provide an excellent solution for most construction machinery such as excavators and dumpers. These vehicles usually have enough ground clearance and power to drive over ramps with a steep slope. If you are certain that you will almost always be transporting these vehicles, a single ramp is a good choice. The single ramp is lightweight and is lower-priced than the other hydraulic ramps.

This ramp is 3043 mm long, making it higher than the collapsed double ramps, which are 2564 mm high. The single ramps will create slightly more drag, and are therefore a fraction more expensive in fuel.

Another advantage of the single ramps is that they are width-adjustable, making it possible to load all types of vehicles. Furthermore, the space between the ramps allows a boom/crane arm well to fit in between, meaning that you do not necessarily have to drive with the ramp extended.

Non-hydraulic ramps

Aluminium ramp

If you only sporadically use ramps to load the trailer, aluminium ramps can be an excellent alternative. You can usually store the ramps under the cargo floor so you do not need to have the ramps up unnecessarily, as is the case with hydraulic ramps, which increases fuel consumption. These ramps are also lighter than any of the hydraulic ramps, providing a higher useful cargo capacity. This ramp is also the cheapest to purchase. The disadvantage of these ramps is a steeper slope angle of 15 degrees, and it is a loose ramp that the user has to put in place and store manually.