The Yard Ramp Guy’s Continuing Education

2020: The Year, The Vision

YRG: Pointing in the Right Directions
YRG: Problem Solved

“When the wise man points to the stars, the idiot looks at his finger.”
—Chinese Proverb

We don't have a pithy proverb to match five thousand years of Chinese tradition. That said, and with all due respect to that proverb, which we like a lot, maybe the wise man could find an alternate way to get the idiot to look to the stars. Something simple, like saying, "Hey, look up at those stars."

That way, the wise man would look all the wiser, and the other guy would be able to share a view of the stars. Just saying.

The Yard Ramp Guy welcomes the new decade.At The Yard Ramp Guy, we believe there are lessons to be learned from everyone. In our industry, the details are essential. That's why we spend time asking questions:

  • About your business.
  • About your loading dock and its height and width.
  • About the gravel or asphalt or concrete composition of your loading area.
  • About the maneuverability around your property of an 84-inch wide, 30-foot long, 6,000-pound yard ramp.
  • About your ability or willingness to unload and/or set up a yard ramp, if need be.

It's all in the details. We learn from our customers, our vendors, our manufacturers, and our associates. We like the learning, yes. More importantly, we need to learn. Call it The Yard Ramp Guy's perpetual enrollment in continuing education.

It's been an intense 2019. With all the challenges, we like the directions the business has taken. We appreciate the positive feedback and customer testimonials. We respect the industry. We're optimistic about the prospects for growth — both The Yard Ramp Guy's and the nation's — as we turn to the Roaring 20s.

Give us a call. We'd love to learn from you.

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To our customers, vendors, associates, and industry colleagues,
we wish you a happy, healthy New Year.

This week, our man McCoy Fields goes medieval and decides he likes the way things are put together more than destroyed. We're all ramped up by that.

Click HERE to read McCoy's musings.

(Fork) Lifting Toward 2020

Roaring into the 20s

Yard Ramp Guy: Roaring into the 20s.
Carving a path into the new year.

Oscar Wilde said, "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

We imagine he wasn't considering the yard ramp industry.

Year in, year out: we continue to provide quality portable yard ramps and stationary loading dock ramps that are consistently informed by our commitment to quality customer service.

The quality of inventory and the quality of our attention to detail: they go hand-in-hand, informed by and informing one another.

The Yard Ramp Guy is incredibly fortunate and honored to maintain deep professional relationships with the nation's top yard ramp manufacturers. In addition to the ease of doing business with them,  we’re also positioned to pass on impressive savings on new ramps to our customers

We’ve made our used inventory and rental ramps available across the United States. Delivery times and shipping costs are lower for you. And we don't just ramp 'em and leave 'em: our turnkey delivery and installation services are available to help you unload and set up. That is, we do what we do so that you can remain focused on optimizing your business operations.

2019 has been a whirlwind of activity. We welcome the chaos that comes with all the moving pieces and fluid situations and all those other kitchen-sink clichés you can think of when the economy and steel pricing and industry dynamics are uncertain.

With that, we look forward to a robust 2020. We'll have some major new announcements that, we're confident, will further solidify our position in the industry. Keep watching this space for details.

Before we turn the calendar, though, we remind you that the taxman still has a 2019 opportunity for you to save money. Consider buying a yard ramp before December 31st and take advantage of a Section 179 Deduction.You can deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment from your gross income. It's well worth checking out. And though there are but days left until the 2020s, it's certainly not too late.

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Happy Holidays to our customers, vendors, and industry colleagues. Good health to you and yours as we all ramp up to the Roaring 20s.

This week, our man McCoy Fields takes us back in time and teaches us that the Incans, the Mayans, and the Aztecs were all connected by, natch, their use of ramps.

Click HERE to connect with McCoy Time.

Ramping Up for the 2019 Holidays

Savings, Courtesy the Government

YRG: Tax Savings via Section 179
Piecing Together Yard Ramp Savings

Even though there may not be a Santa Clause, sometimes the taxman comes bearing presents.

First, as a leading dealer for the top manufacturers of yard ramps in the United States, we’re positioned to pass significant savings to our customers on new ramps. We’ve positioned our used inventory across the country, resulting in reduced delivery times and shipping costs. Add to that our valuable time-saving turnkey delivery and installation services for when your ramp arrives.

With The Yard Ramp Guy you are beginning your search with competitive pricing, a time-honored distribution system, and off-loading/installation service.

And so to that present from the taxman. With a month left in the calendar year, this may well be the perfect opportunity to invest in equipment for your business operations.

We introduce you to Section 179 of the U.S. tax code. Granted, the tax code can be a complicated thing, and yet the Section 179 Deduction is surprisingly straightforward. From their website:

“Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.”

Time was when we could only write off a percentage of business investment per year, which depreciated over time. Not bad, though not optimal.

Optimal is “exactly what Section 179 does – it allows your business to write off the entire purchase price of qualifying equipment for the current tax year. This has made a big difference for many companies (and the economy in general.) Businesses have used Section 179 to purchase needed equipment right now, instead of waiting.”

Most small businesses can write off the whole cost of qualifying equipment from their 2019 tax returns (up to $1,000,000). Naturally, there are conditions. For example, the equipment must be bought or financed (we offer such financing) and put into service by December 31, 2019.

(We’re The Yard Ramp Guy, not the Section 179 Guy. Please consult your tax expert to confirm that you qualify.)

It really is an optimal situation: purchasing a yard ramp with the Section 179 deduction both helps streamline your business and reduces your taxes. Everybody wins.

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The Yard Ramp Guy wishes our customers, vendors, colleagues, and friends a very happy, safe Thanksgiving weekend.

This week, our man McCoy Fields learns about quality ramps the hard way. And he also describes a hat trick of a broken arm in a way that fascinates without making the story seem like the horror film it probably was.

Click HERE to read McCoy's disarming story.

Success in Yard Ramp Industrials

It’s All in the Details

YRG: Quality in the Details
The Yard Ramp Guy: Big Wheels Keep on Turning

You should hear the thoroughness of Michael Myers, The Yard Ramp Guy’s sales consultant, on the phone. (Really: you should. Give him a call at 888.977.4224.)

We like Mike’s thoroughness for two main reasons:

1. It’s necessary.

2. It’s necessary.

Why do we place the highest emphasis on this? It could be the difference between success and delay. Or worse.

The importance of this cannot be overstated. As we’ve said before, you might see a yard ramp near you, but if that ramp doesn’t meet your specifications it has no value.

Remember that there are only two reasons to own or rent a ramp: Greater Efficiency and Greater Safety, both serving as bookends in the process. All of which informs Mike’s detailed questioning during his discovery of your needs.

Says Mike, “The key is knowing exact requirements and developing a solution.”

That same attention to detail motivates our sales coordinator, Jim Kunze, when he handles, among many other things, our innovative turnkey delivery and installation services.

About half of our customers request turnkey service. If you need that yard ramp offloaded from a flatbed, installed, or your stationary dock ramp secured to your bay door, Jim is keenly interested in dimensions and obstacles.

Jim’s goals are proactive—avoiding needless delays, contracting the right qualified installer with the right equipment. You’ll hear him ask about any tight or sharp turns in the pavement or gravel from road to your facility. You’ll hear him ask about low-hanging power lines. You’ll hear him ask about any dips or potholes. You’ll hear him ask if the drive is made of asphalt or gravel or dirt.

All of the questions The Yard Ramp Guy team asks are designed to help streamline the process of ordering and receiving a yard ramp. We want that to function as smoothly as your use of the yard ramp itself.

We take these phrases literally:

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • We thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.

 

Our man McCoy Fields continues his From the Archives series of old favorites. This week: The surprising Google results for "ramps."

Check it out HERE.

Ramping Up Our Wheelhouse

The Yard Ramp Guy Goes Above and Beyond…Again

The Yard Ramp Guy Chain
Keeping a Proud Wheelhouse

We’ve written before about a particular situation: fielding a request, knowing our inventory doesn’t match requirements, and helping anyway. What is it about our willingness to help companies when we know it won’t result in an invoice?

In our eyes, there’s a difference between an invoice and a transaction. Yes, “transaction” can mean buying or selling. We prefer the alternate meaning: The action of conducting business; an exchange or interaction between people.

The easiest thing to do—in business, in meetings, in life—is nothing. The Yard Ramp Guy team most definitely doesn’t like doing nothing.

So, here’s something: A few weeks ago, we took a call from someone at a company whose wheel on a yard ramp had cracked in two. She was looking for a replacement. In an otherwise relatively simple scenario, the wheel had splintered from an off-brand of yard ramp that we don’t usually encounter. And yet, we’re in the industrial neighborhood (“the wheelhouse,” as it were), and we promised to try.

She sent us photos and a brief description, which we forwarded to our contact at Bluff Manufacturing—trusted, trustworthy, well-versed in such parts. Our Bluff connection responded an hour later: Looks like a 12x3 resin wheel with a 1” roller bearing; suggest replacement with a polyurethane tread with a cast iron core roller bearing; get away from the plastic resin wheel. See caster guy info below. Let me know if this helps.

There’s a great benefit in having deep, professional relationships of mutual trust. As in: Bluff wouldn’t issue an invoice for this, either, though it did engage in the transaction.

We forwarded the information, recommending she replace both wheels for that ramp unit, and simply requested that she keep us in mind down the road for any yard ramp rental or purchase situation. She wrote back:

Jeff, 
I guess your name says it all...you are in fact the MANN!! Thank you for all of your assistance and I will gladly give the contact a call and see what we can work out. I have truly enjoyed speaking to you. Thank you again for all of your assistance.

We reached out to her a couple days ago to see if and how things have progressed. They’re in the process of ordering, finalizing the shipping part. The seller—that contact Bluff forwarded to us—had already walked the warehouse manager through the fairly simple installation procedure.

Why did she contact us? “It just so happened that in my Google search, The Yard Ramp Guy popped up,” she said. “Jeff answered the phone, and he was very polite. The Yard Ramp Guy did everything, if not more, within their means to help me get a new wheel.”

To summarize: a woman called us about an off-brand broken wheel. We reached out to Bluff. Bluff sent us probable specs and a contact who sells those wheels. And even before the transaction, that contact had already walked the manager through self-installation.

All of which we find remarkable and refreshing.

This week, our man McCoy Fields implores us not to behave like lemmings because, well, not even lemmings behave like lemmings.

Check out his terrific insight HERE.