Yard Ramp Disruptions by Design

Finding Equilibrium

Punctuated Equilibrium in (Almost) Real Time

What does evolution have to do with industrial yard ramps?

In 1972, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould co-wrote a paper on what he called punctuated equilibrium.

In a nutshell, Gould challenges Darwin’s idea that evolution happens gradually over time. Instead, punctuated equilibrium attempts to redefine evolution as a process that remains static for long periods of time, with sudden spikes in change.

For example: how did life move from water to land? Punctuated equilibrium’s approach is that after a long stretch of time in which the bigger fish were eating the smaller fish, the smaller fish suddenly had enough and thrust themselves onto the shore. To, you know, avoid being dinner.

From there, picture the gills morphing into arms and legs, the spine strengthening and branching out, and the eventual jump from being on all fours to standing on two legs (followed by, say, starting your own industrial yard ramp business).

In industry, we have what we’ve come to call disruption—say, manufactured things, technology, and software that create spikes in the marketplace.

While disruptions aren’t always cheaper—or necessarily better—they do affect our purchasing decisions, and that has a direct effect on supply and demand.

Which brings us to industrial yard ramps. History and anthropology suggest that the first ramps were made of earth, angled in such a way to allow transport up an incline in order to bridge distance and elevation.

Dirt turns to mud in the rain and affects integrity and safety. So, engineers adapted inclined planes over the centuries. Today, the best yard ramp functionality includes serrated grating: it provides excellent traction for forklifts, and the open design allows water and debris to pass through instead of pooling. All of which contributes to more effective safety and a smoother workflow.

Some of this disruptive innovation is borne of necessity, some of it from simple and often brilliant design tweaks (see our example of the paper clip, HERE).

Just because you can doesn’t always mean that you should. In our view, the best disruption incorporates both design and safety. With those two elements—especially in our industry—you have the right ingredients for creating a better, more helpful product.

Proudly, we encourage you to keep watching this space for some exciting innovations.



McCoy Fields, sir: Like this one?

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.Zig Ziglar

The Right Yard Ramp

Finding the Best Yard Ramp Scenario

Picture an 18-wheeler filled with a heavy load of inventory—hundreds or thousands of pounds of it. And now picture no easy way to unload that inventory. No yard ramp. No loading dock. No easy access between the truck and the bay. Your team attaches chains to one of the pallets and pulls it to edge of the truck, where the forklift’s tines need to hook in and offload.

While forklifts are designed for stability on flat surfaces, the right yard ramp with a proper incline allows for quicker load and offload—safely and more efficiently. A good yard ramp enables your entire operation, from crew safety to being on time with delivery, to become more streamlined.

New or used, a quality forklift ramp will have these elements

  • The right incline that allows your forklift to maintain stability, your workers to stay safe, and your inventory to avoid damage.
  • A material, like steel, that withstands sometimes dramatic changes in temperature and weather.
  • Serrated grating to prevent pooling of water and debris, assuring a safer use for your forklift operator.
  • Hydraulic pumps or hand cranks to allow you to adjust height easily. 

Another consideration: does your operation require a portable yard ramp, or do your logistics allow for a fixed platform, without wheels, where you can readily move inventory to and from the platform? 

With ten depots strategically located throughout the continental United States, most of our inventory of used yard ramps and platforms sit within 250 miles of 90% of the population. That means reduced reduce freight costs. 

Uncompromising on quality customer service, The Yard Ramp Guy will explore your company’s scenario—with you—to find the best solution to help optimize your business operations.

Choosing Between Steel and Aluminum Yard Ramps

steelSteel & Aluminum Quality Choices for Quality Inventory

The Yard Ramp Guy prides itself on customer service. We’re keenly interested in exploring your requirements with you to assure that your business leverages an optimal solution to streamline operations.

A major consideration when buying or renting a yard ramp to help optimize your business operations is the choice of main material. Steel and aluminum yard ramps: which do you go with?

First we fold in the cost factor. Should you allow the cost differential between steel and aluminum sway your decision? In actuality, though their manufacturing processes are different, the final cost between steel and aluminum is quite similar.

One of aluminum’s greatest qualities is that it is not prone to corrosion or rust. Steel will need periodic maintenance (painting or treating), especially if logistics require your business to have the yard ramp operating outdoors in parts of the country prone to weather extremes throughout the year.

That said, steel will also last for a longer period of time than aluminum. This may be the pivotal factor in determining which material you choose for your yard ramp.

Another consideration is in capacity, which differs greatly between aluminum and steel. As a lighter material, aluminum yard ramps are usually built to hold a maximum of 16,000 pounds. Steel yard ramps are more solid and typically hold up to 25,000 pounds. This 9,000-pound differential may make your decision much easier.

Steel Yard Ramp Benefits

Durability • Affordability • Portability

As The Yard Ramp Guy continues to fulfill the niche in quality yard ramp sales, we see steel yard ramps becoming one of the most sought-after pieces of equipment in the cargo industry. These ramps allow cargo loads to be moved easily from truck to dock door by using a simple forklift. Here are three main reasons why yard ramps are so invaluable:


Steel yard ramps are exceptionally strong and are designed to withstand both harsh weather and heavy loads, and their hardiness will serve your business for up to two dozen years after purchase.

With welded steel construction, they require very little regular maintenance to stay in proper working order. (Remember to use the yard ramp at no more than its largest weight capacity and do not extend it beyond the recommended inclined height.) If your business works in temperatures that dip and remain below freezing in colder months, no problem. Steel ramps are designed to work in harsh winter conditions including ice and snow.


Your businesses can benefit from the affordability of steel yard ramps, which carry a lower price than their aluminum counterparts. Steel yard ramps are quite cost-effective: a new steel yard ramp typically runs about six to fifteen thousand dollars, while buying used will be somewhat less for the ramp and, ideally, considerably less for the freight. If you need a yard ramp for a short-term basis, consider renting a unit from our selection of quality, steel yard ramps.  


Built to load and unload efficiently over a variety of surfaces and environments, our yard ramp portability is perfect for businesses that must remain on the go. In this scenario, you bring the dock to the product, aided by the ease of movement of our steel yard ramps. They’re a great alternative to the permanent loading dock. Using a tow bar and/or yard ramp clamp, you can readily move a steel yard ramp to the location necessary to migrate your shipment. Adding to this versatility, you can place the yard ramp inside your building or outside your dock doors.


Proudly offering creative solutions to help streamline your operations, The Yard Ramp Guy shares its seasoned expertise in providing the right steel yard ramp to help keep your product moving and your employees efficient.

Replacing That Yard Ramp

On Portable Yard Ramp Replacement

There are two major reasons to own a yard ramp—efficiency and safety—and they’re intertwined.

We’ve heard many stories over the years from people about their sagging yard ramps, and often they hedge on whether or not to replace them. While we naturally want to win your trust and your business, The Yard Ramp Guy work ethic is motivated by that same efficiency and safety. Everybody wins. That’s the goal…and the ingredients of our success.

We live in a day and age of litigious behavior. So, the question is this: is it worth saving a bad ramp against a potential workman’s comp claim? We’ll answer it with a heartfelt No.

yrgBanner2We also want to strongly encourage you not to have a guy you know build a yard ramp from scratch. He might offer it at a reduced rate, but can he stand behind its safety qualities? Often you’ll see these inferior ramps deteriorate after three-to-four years. (Also keep in mind that some foreign-made yard ramps are constructed with inferior steel—yes, to keep the cost down. They, too, will start to sag sooner than later.)

A quality yard ramp should last 15-20 years. With efficiency and safety topmost in mind, The Yard Ramp Guy supplies only such quality.