It was only when I discovered the riding mower had actually been shipped that I purchased aluminum loading ramps. I knew I’d need them if I was to use my trailer for either lawnmower or ATV storage. This is the kind of thing I usually wait for the last minute to buy, but not this time. I got these suckers before I even needed them, while the mower was still in transit.
The old Jay would have simply hoisted the front of the mower into the trailer using brute force. The new Jay has no more brute force, so I enjoy driving up nice strong ramps. These things are so beautiful, they’re difficult to describe. I’m not even sure they have a brand name. They’re just known as what I wrote in the title above. I guess that’s a good thing because they’re surely less expensive this way.
These ramps measure 7 1/2 feet long when they’re unfolded. Each one measures about a foot wide and together, they can hold something that weighs 1500 pounds. When I have them unfolded and I stand on them, they do flex, but they only go a certain amount. I haven’t been able to coax them any further, no matter how much I bounce. Rolling up and down these ramps on the mower is a dream. Tools are wonderful things.
I took a few up-close photos for you. I know that when I was looking into this type of ramp, I wanted to see the hinges and the quality of the welding. There wasn’t much of that to be found. After this post, there will be.
Let’s start off with how these ramps connect to either a trailer or a truck tailgate. The ones I have offer three teeth on each ramp. Simple lay the teeth on top of whatever it is you’re loading into. There are also included tie-downs that you can use to fasten the ramp to the vehicle, but since I’m on grass and there’s little chance of sliding, I haven’t used those yet.
This next photo is of the hinge. You can see that it’s bolted and has some pretty good welds.
Now I’ll show you the bolt and the nut that holds the hinge together. You can see there’s a small cotter pin in there, which is good to know.
Finally, I’ll show you the tread on these ramps. As you’ll see in the photo below, there are small areas that are lifted to prevent from sliding. This is genius.
I picked these up from Amazon for $133. I initially looked in our local Tractor Supply, but found theirs too expensive. The only one that was in my price range didn’t fold. They were put out by Reese and I really liked them, but I couldn’t fit them in the car. I got these instead.