Yard Ramps - Forklift Ramps - Portable Loading Docks: A Buyer's Guide

We pride ourselves on industry-leading inventory, a firm commitment to excellence in customer service, and clear lines of communication. Below is our buyer's guide: major considerations when choosing quality yard ramps for purchase or rental. Contact us — 888.977.4224 — to discuss your requirements.

Buying New Yard Ramps

We work only with well-known and highly-respected manufacturers of yard ramps and platform systems of the highest quality. Visit our New Ramp Gallery to view our selections that meet the needs of our customer base.

2 Considerations When Shopping for New Yard Ramps:

1.  Who gives you the best deal?

Price is king. We would be in one heck of a state-of-denial not to admit it. The Yard Ramp Guy believes if we are one of your quoted options, AND you end up buying a ramp, you bought that ramp from us. Our purchasing power and low overhead permit us to price our new ramps lower than our fellow dealers and, often-times, lower than what you’d get factory-direct.

2.  How long do you expect to need a ramp?

If you need your ramp for less than ten (10) years, ask The Yard Ramp Guy about our Buy-Back Program. You should consider not only the cost of purchasing a ramp but the value by which you’ll mitigate that cost when The Yard Ramp Guy helps you convert that steel back into cash.

 New Yard Ramps (click pictures for more information)

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Renting Yard Ramps

Our rental yard ramps are a cost-effective alternative to purchasing, especially if you require only occasional use of one or you want to try before you buy. Visit our gallery of Rental Ramps & Platforms. You can expect all mobility and leveling accessory parts to be included with our rental yard ramps. All used yard ramps are sold or rented as is. All rental yard ramps are subject to prior sale.

3 Things to Consider When Renting Yard Ramps:

1.  Ramp Specifications

Most of our ramps are rated for 20K lb capacity, 84” wide (78” usable deck) and 36’ long with 30’ incline and 6’ level-off. This makes them ideal for 90% or more of the rental market for ground-to-truck and ground-to-dock applications. We do occasionally have used ramps of a variety of specifications we make available for rental.

2.  Availability

Each of our ramps are noted with their expected availability date. Because The Yard Ramp Guy offers renters the option to extend their rental period, we cannot be 100% certain of the availability of a specific ramp. It also occurs from time to time that a renter will be done with their rental early. We also take in new and used ramps regularly and these may not have been posted to our site yet. Be sure to ask.

3.  Location

The Yard Ramp Guy will always seek out a ramp for you that is nearest your location in an effort to reduce the cost of freight for you. Rentals require the renter to pay the delivery freight as well as the return freight. The Yard Ramp Guy has depots strategically located throughout the United States—in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Missouri, Colorado and California. Our depots are generally within 250 miles of most customers. This means, for example, the ramp you receive may have a cost of $950 for delivery freight, but the return freight may be only $500. None of the few who rent ramps can offer the same value.


Buying Used Yard Ramps

We buy used yard ramps from our customers and other independent sellers. Check our postings of available Used Ramps & Platforms. We inspect each yard ramp's condition thoroughly before presenting them on our site.

5 Considerations When Shopping for Used Yard Ramps:

1.  Your Application

You may see a ramp near you but if it does not meet the requirements of your need, it might as well be a bicycle.

2.  Your Location

You may see the perfect ramp for your application but if it is geographically undesirable (read: high freight cost), it might as well be grocery cart.

3.  Your Budget

Used ramps are priced to match the market demand. Before you rule out a ramp because you believe it is priced too high, let’s talk. The Yard Ramp Guy will not only guide you through your selection process, but will present some ideas related to your cash that our competitors are not willing to offer.

4.  The Unposted Gem

The Yard Ramp Guy receives several calls per week from sellers of yard ramps. Used ramps typically sell quickly. It is quite possible we have used yard ramps that have not been posted to our site yet.

5.  The CarMax™ Model

Did you know CarMax™ supplies 75% of the used cars sold on competitor used lots? They take in an enormous number of used cars but only keep 10% of those vehicles to sell on their own lots. Why? They only keep the very best of the used cars they buy from consumers. The Yard Ramp Guy takes the same approach. Why? There are only two reasons to own or rent a yard ramp: Efficiency and Safety. A yard ramp in substandard condition eliminates 50% of the value and jeopardizes the ability to achieve the other 50% of the value.

A Sampling of our Used Yard Ramps

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