Yard Ramp Guy Placement

Location is Everything

Yard Ramp Guy: Location
Yard Ramp Guy: Location

Bob Hope said, “I’ve always been in the right place and time. Of course, I steered myself there.”

Yard ramp rental and sales very much follow that right place-right time insight. As part of our process, The Yard Ramp Guy team always asks about the location of your yard ramp. Not just the city; we want (and need) to discover the configuration of your roadway entrance, your bay door, how the delivery vehicles access your property.

You may see a yard ramp near you, but if that ramp doesn’t meet your requirements it has no value. We work diligently to find the best ramps for your application. Yes, location is everything. (And capacity. And width. And length. And price.)

It comes as no surprise that a transaction may well hinge on your team’s ability to utilize our inventory in the right way.

Which brings us to the presentation of our inventory. What does surprise us a bit is that some 30% of visitors to our site view our pages from their smartphones. Although industrials generally involve large square-footage space, including office spaces (which typically involves desktop computers), the relatively new technology of the handheld phone as a tool for business has held steady these past few years.

Location & Presentation
Location & Presentation

And so, we accommodate that substantial number of visitors in our presentation for smartphones. The new adjustment we’ve made is fairly simple, yet key. What’s the big news? We move a column.

Viewers of our used and rental inventory on their phones now see, from left to right: a photo, the clickable VIEW link, the City, and the State. Simply swiping to the left with a finger will show additional fields (i.e., Capacity, Width, Length), until we reach the rightmost column—the ramp ID. That’s the one we moved a handful of columns to the right.

Why? Location. While The Yard Ramp Guy team uses and relies on the ID all the time, we understand that those numbers may not mean much to new visitors. Right away—and literally without moving a finger—you’ll now see the ramp photo and its current city and state.

Location is a major factor; it’s more likely you’ll rent or purchase a yard ramp that’s currently in California if you’re also in California than if you’re in Florida. Why not have that information prominently available?

Small moves in sometimes tight spaces: the idea applies to our quality yard ramp inventory as readily as how we present them on our site.

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Yard Ramp Rental vs. Purchase

3 Factors to Consider

Rent or Own: Which Way?

When you need a quality yard ramp or loading dock for your business, we’re confident we’ll work smoothly with you to find the right equipment for your requirements.

Alongside confirming the exact specifications, your choice of a purchase or a rental often factors into your decision-making.

Industrial yard ramps are big, in two key ways. Physically, they require a lot of real estate and, well, they weigh a ton (or two or three+ tons). Financially, while our prices are competitive, the equipment will cost much more than a pair of work boots.

So, buy or rent?

Here are three factors to consider when deciding:

1. Kicking the Tires
If you’re in need of moving inventory in a more streamlined way yet aren’t fully committed to the cost or want to gauge the efficiency, renting a forklift ramp is an excellent approach. You’ll have the luxury of evaluating the equipment’s worth to your team while paying a reasonable monthly rate. And if you decide to add the ramp permanently to your inventory, we’ll gladly discuss converting that rental into a purchase. (Attention stationary dock ramp shoppers: no tires; please don’t kick; it’ll hurt your foot.)

2. Seasonality
At first glance, if your business model involves moving inventory at select times of the year (i.e., harvest time, holiday production), a rental might make more economic sense: why keep a yard ramp on the lot permanently when you need it only for two months?

That said, keep in mind other factors: year-over-year, the cost of rental plus the cost of freight and loading and off-loading the yard ramp itself might exceed the cost of purchase. The Yard Ramp Guy team will walk with you through these scenarios, toward helping you make the better decision.

3. Cost
A new yard ramp typically costs between $9,000 and $15,000, depending on specifications. Our quality used inventory currently ranges from $6,500 to $12,000. If those ranges are not within existing budget, a rental might prove to be the smarter strategy.

With that in mind, we proudly offer yard ramp financing options. You gain immediate use of the equipment, a payment plan, and the ability to take the Section 179 tax deduction.

We have deep experience with all of these scenarios, and we’re here to clarify. We thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.

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Smart Ramp Equipment Financing

Strategic Investments

Positioning for 2019 & Beyond

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has just released it’s “What’s Hot/What’s Not: Equipment Market Forecast 2019” report. Based on the association’s projections, this year will see a 4% increase in equipment spending throughout the nation.

Compare that with an 8% increase in 2018. Growth is growth, yet—with this year’s projected growth half of last year’s, and with a general consensus that the economy is likely to slow down next year—the statistics do raise a sense of caution.

Another consensus: capitalizing on growth in the current, sound environment can act as a strong buffer if and when the nation’s economy slows or stagnates. And that can partly explain businesses making investment now in their infrastructure.

What’s hot for 2019 financing? The ELFA’s top five industries:

  1. Construction
  2. Trucks/Trailers
  3. Machine Tools
  4. Medical
  5. Hi-tech/Computers

The Yard Ramp Guy has served each of these industries (and continues to do so).

Many of our customers finance their yard ramp purchases, and we’ve made the process as simple and straightforward as possible.

On most of our Used Yard Ramp listings, you’ll find a “Calculate my Payments” link, alongside a link to Learn More About Financing. We’re pleased to have recently partnered with ACG Equipment Finance and appreciate the simplicity of their approach to financing.

Alongside having your equipment on site and put into immediate use, one of the main benefits remains the Section 179 tax deduction:

“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.”

Want a high-level overview? Our Yard Ramp Financing page covers it.

Have questions? Give us a call: (888) 977-4224.

Here’s to your healthy, profitable 2019 . . . and beyond.

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The Year in People and Forklifts

2018…and Beyond

The YRG Wheel Keeps Turning
The YRG Wheel Keeps Turning

If we told you that nothing much happened this year, and have a nice day, we’d be half right.

Much happened in 2018, some of it head-spinning, some of it anticipated. The price of steel experienced a volatility, largely as a result of international tariff adjustments. Some of these price hikes were actual, and some were projected. The steel market seems to have largely stabilized, though we’re always keeping an eye on that world.

With steel as the major component of most of our yard ramps, its price always affects our business. The Yard Ramp Guy’s position in the industry and relationships with our manufacturers positioned us with the ability to keep pricing both competitive and quite attractive for our customers.

Steel rusts. Three months after a brand new yard ramp leaves the manufacturing plant, you’ll begin to see the effects. Fluctuating humidity and temperature and sun and rain work away. The orange-and-red appearance of oxidation is a natural process. Our manufacturers meet and exceed standards, and each ramp should provide our customers with many years of steady service.

The Yard Ramp Guy does not rust. Like the inventory we sell and rent, the foundation of our business model is to work quietly—yet efficiently and honestly—in the background for our customer base.

Our slogan—First we earn your trust, and then we earn your business—is our credo, and there’s simply no place in there for rust, real or metaphorical.

So, we’ve been busy. We’ve grown the business, strengthened relationships, made new connections. The Yard Ramp Guy team will be just fine if we never become a meme that goes viral.

(That said, it would be very cool if we did, in fact, become a meme that goes viral.)

While price and oxidation may affect steel, our commitment to our customers—with honesty and clear communication—remains steady.

The bottom line is not money. It’s you.

Happy New Year.

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Eccentric Yard Ramps

Honoring the Sand Pad

The Yard Ramp Guy: Sand Pads
Well, we could arrange delivery.

When we posted an All-Steel Yard Ramp with Sand Pads, it gave our web guy pause. He paused on the sand pads. We forgive him; he knows not.

Internet research brought up a number of possibilities for “sand pads,” including:

  • The proper name for a beach house rental in northern Oregon.
  • Certain sand pads (aka “sander pads”) used to smooth surfaces before painting.
  • Areas created for people to stand and observe so they don’t trample on things during visits to nature conservation areas.
  • Our favorite: the SandPad, providing “a wider base of stability than normal crutch cane or walker tips to support a user’s weight for easy travel without sinking into sand, grass, gravel or snow.”

Most of these alternatives speak to mobility—easier application of paint, free movement in a specific area without disrupting the environment, and better negotiation of otherwise inaccessible or exceptionally challenging territory.

As applied to yard ramps, the definition is a fairly simple and straightforward. For our purposes, sand pads are square, flat plates of steel. Customers use these on ramps that are literally going to be used in a stationary capacity, though not at a dock. Rather, they’re best put to work in, say, a field or in the middle of a recycling center’s lot.

A yard ramp with sand pads provides a fitting option to tires, especially when you have no need to secure it to a loading dock. It typically has an incline to accommodate your forklift moving from one service range to another.

And whether serving in sand or in a cornfield, the sand pad performs with greater stability than a tire and will prevent your yard ramp from getting stuck or sinking into the softer ground.

Rare, yes, though not unprecedented.

A yard ramp with sand pads. Another example of the breadth of our inventory. Need a custom solution for your application? We readily handle that.

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