Carry That Weight

Full disclosure: we’re obsessed with forklift ramps. Not only the business side of things, the discussion of your requirements, the transporting of them to your business. And not just the three essentials—Durability, Affordability, and Portability.

We’re fascinated by their designs and angles, their simplicity and efficiency, their structural features and ease of maintenance.

The Beatles had it right: “Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight/Carry that weight a long time.”

We’re also fascinated by the application of the hydraulic pump and the easy use of the tow bar and ramp clamp.

Okay, know that if you have dinner with us, we’re also sports-obsessed; we can usually move past ramp mobility devices before the salad arrives. And then we’ll probably talk about how the Royals are “ramping up” for 2016.

In our research, we still come across forklift ramps that are constructed with sheets of trellis-like grating over a solid steel floor. In our view, it’s not the optimal design. Your forklift’s traction will be limited, and you’ll risk greater accumulation of debris in the floor, and pooled moisture will increase the likelihood of rust.

Otherwise, we find the consistency of forklift ramp design to be a fascinating thing. With all due respect to technology, our industry doesn’t introduce a new iRamp every 12 months. As our man McCoy Fields writes, “There’s a lot to be said for sticking to the old classics. You know what you’re dealing with.”

Our industry will no doubt evolve, with improvements in design. Scientists have already developed a prototype alloy that’s lighter and stronger than our current, commonly used steel. Down the road, this might mean even greater portability and endurance for our customers’ needs.

This also means when you have dinner with us we might not start talking about sports until the dessert arrives.