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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Appreciating the Yard Ramp

Incline Benefits

Appreciating the yard ramp
The cost-effective beauty of a ramp.

Why a yard ramp?

Over the years, we’ve fielded thousands of phone calls from people looking to buy or rent a quality forklift ramp from our inventory. Whether a potential customer knows the precise specifications, needs our perspective in order to meet the requirements, or requires a custom solution: these conversations themselves are essential.

We always want to get it right. In our business, the only surprises should be how smoothly the discussion and transaction have flowed, from first call to delivery to putting the ramp into use.

Trust is very much part of this process. The Yard Ramp Guy is fortunate to have an extraordinary team in place—from Mike skillfully exploring the details of your specs to Jim orchestrating all aspects of the delivery and installation.

What’s sometimes discussed in these conversations (and, just as often, not discussed) is why our potential customers need a yard ramp. Not the more obvious reason, which is getting their products from truck to warehouse, or from factory floor to truck. Rather, it’s the configuration of the company’s building itself.

Some structures have loading bays constructed as part of the building, designed so that a delivery truck can back in, load or unload, and drive away. Just as often, though, a building does not have that configuration. (And that’s why we’re in business.)

The company then has some choices. Typically, the more expensive of these is to build a loading bay, replete with a graded approach and reinforcement of the building’s edge. That requires a contractor, or two or three, that can dig and grade and pour concrete, providing an irrigation channel for so the bottom of the bay’s incline doesn’t pool water.

That approach often requires an investment that will cost much more than a yard ramp. (Don’t forget the time and expense involved in securing construction permits.)

Then fold into the equation those businesses that rent—and don’t own—the warehouse space. And then top it off with those businesses that need a yard ramp only for seasonal spikes in production. Those logistics get complicated and expensive.

The beauty of a yard ramp itself rests in its relatively simple, yet powerful, design.

The beauty of the idea of a yard ramp rests in its cost-effective value.

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Back to Yard Ramp Basics

The Brilliance of Simplicity

3-D Printing: One Hand Clapping?

We keep thinking of our man McCoy Fields, a Yard Ramp Guy licensee, and his list of Great Things:

  • The Lever
  • The Pulley
  • The Wheel
  • The Ramp
  • The Pile

McCoy calls them “history’s finest inventions,” and we’re inclined to agree. What connects them is the relative simplicity of their design. Each has few components, and each has served to improved civilization in countless ways. (Yes, we’re still trying to figure out The Pile in his list, though there’s no doubt that tossing laundry in one spot is better than scattering it all over the place.)

With that in mind, we came across a recent article on the Phys.org website: “Advancing additive manufacturing by slashing support.” Seems that 3-D printing technology’s requirement—and limitation—is that each component of a complex structure is built on top of the one immediately preceding it. If one layer is compromised or damaged, it’s extremely difficult to replace that one layer.

Think of a seven-layer cake, and your layer of chocolate has collapsed under the weight of the sponge cake layer above it. In the 3-D printing technology world, you’d have to bake another cake. (In our world, we’d just eat the cake.)

The article then describes one researcher’s attempts to minimize the number of required components “without risking damage to the finished part.” His approach?

“Qian developed a method for calculating the amount of surface area on a component that needs support—without knowing the part's final geometry ahead of time. He says the key was defining a new measurement called the projected undercut perimeter.”

Which makes our eyes glaze over a bit. And so, we return to our man McCoy Fields and his appreciation for the brilliant simplicity of those revolutionary inventions.

McCoy eloquently addresses the simple machine notion on his blog. (Simple machine: a device used to change the direction or power of a force applied to something in the simplest manner possible.) “Ramps,” he writes, “make up half of the classical simple machines.

We love new technology and the potential to streamline operations for the industries we serve. We also love the simplicity and the powerful effectiveness of the yard ramp.

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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.

This week, our man McCoy Fields travels back in time and place to the Americas of 1491 and discovers bustling civilizations and no shopping malls.

Read his terrific blog HERE.