Once Upon an Inclined Ramp

Ho Ho Ho

'Twas a year in the nation, and despite our brains and our brawn
this Thing kept surging, especially the Delta and Omicron.
The children were nestled in their beds, another day curbed,
so that we could watch the TV without being disturbed.

We sat on the couch for movies and more
just for a break from our minding the store.
Mask up, said Dr. Fauci to the people of Chicago and El Paso;
We said: Change the channel, Hon, and let's watch Ted Lasso.

We drifted to sleep, hoping to dream of gifts of candy cane
And ended up dreaming about the wonders of the inclined plane.
What's this? we wondered in shock and in awe:
This dream is glitched. It must surely be a flaw.

But the dream continued, there could be no mistake.
We were dreaming of mobile yard ramps, for pete's sake.
Now, there are two ways to deal with such a thing unusual:
Approach it as problem to fix or a window to renewal.

And so we gave in and let them take over:
yard ramps as good-luck charm and four-leaf clover.
Odd thing here. It started not with steel and clamps and tires
but with the Yard Ramp Guy sales consultant Mike Myers.

He said, "We have quality ramps in most any configuration
for rent and for sale across this great nation.
Need a stationary unit, welded to dock, to stay in formation?
I'll connect you to Jim Kunze, for sales coordination."

In our dream, Jim appeared as a voice in our ear
and told us for delivery and setup we have nothing to fear.
"We can handle freight and offload and dock installation.
And no it's not free but reasonable, for your information."

"Wake up! Wake up!" another voice urged with a scream.
"The rules say I cannot invoice you in a dream.
So, wake up and go to the phone, a cup of coffee do not even fix,
and dial 888.977.4224, then extension number 6."

We leapt from the bed and went for the phone, deciding to buy.
Dialed...and heard the voice of Jeff Mann, Yard Ramp Guy.
We liked the way he made his business seem human and trusting
Especially for six tons of steel that would eventually be rusting.

What impressed: his humor, his smarts? We couldn't decide which,
though we gotta say that he had one heck of an elevator pitch.
The one part of Jeff's business we ended up liking the most
was its truth in advertising — renting, selling, and buying from coast to coast.

We bought a ramp — transaction seamless, delivery smooth.
And Jeff was right: it put our business into a better groove.
We heartily endorse dealing with The Yard Ramp Guy and cohorts.
Happy New Year. Here's to turning the page to a world of better sorts.

(Fork)Lifting Advantages to Your Business

YRG: Opening Up Opportunity

There's Still Time to Save.

We often discuss the great benefits for companies taking Section 179 deductions. Essentially: Section 179 allows businesses to write off the full price of qualifying equipment, up to $1,050,000 for the year 2021.

Read the details HERE.

Our friend at Crest Capital (one of three fine financing companies we refer customers to) runs a great, informative blog. Calls himself The Lease Guy. He highlights two Section 179 scenarios:

  1. If you can be guaranteed delivery by 12/31, buy it right now. As in today, not tomorrow. If you are paying cash, great, go do it. If you are financing, get your financing lined up immediately (hint: we can help). Getting it now can make a big difference in delivery. 12/31 is coming fast.
  2. If delivery by 12/31 is iffy, maybe consider used? A preowned piece of equipment has the advantage of being right here, right now. If that works for you, definitely consider it.

The Yard Ramp Guy has both of those scenarios covered. Here and now, even at the cusp of 2022, we might still be able to get a brand new yard ramp delivered for you to put in service by that end-of-year deadline. (Everything depends on production flow and delivery, depending on your location and specification requirements. Contact us at 888.977.4224 for a more definitive answer.)

As for the Lease Guy's second point: yes, by all means, consider a used forklift ramp.

You have some advantages to buying used:

  • While they're not brand new, used yard ramps do retain quality and structural integrity for many years.
  • Buying used helps reduce the carbon footprint.
  • A number of our yard ramp inventory is available for immediate delivery.

We've also recently enhanced our website by displaying The Yard Ramp Guy's New and Used Loading Dock Ramp Inventory by Region. This allows you to easily focus your search, whether your business operates on the West Coast, Central States, or East Coast.

(Golden) Gateway to the West Archingly Central Along the East Coast

And this gem, hiding in plain sight: a number of our yard ramps are, by our definition, New:

"Direct from the factory or parked at one of our depots, this ramp is no more than six months old. It includes safety chains and a mobility device (if applicable). There are no blemishes other than limited oxidation from normal exposure. Hand-cranks or hydraulic systems are new and function as such."

There's no time like right now to take advantage of optimizing both your company's work flow and your tax situation.

This week, our man McCoy Fields discovers that roads are literally roadmaps of history.

Click HERE to absorb his coordinates.

Industrial Protection

Proper Planning

Staying Safe on the Job

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released its study of workplace safety violations. Here's the list:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: 5,295 violations
  2. Respiratory Protection: 2,527
  3. Ladders: 2,026
  4. Scaffolding: 1,948
  5. Hazard Communication: 1,947
  6. Lockout/Tagout: 1,698
  7. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,666
  8. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection: 1,452
  9. Powered Industrial Trucks: 1,420
  10. Machine Guarding: 1,113

Fall Protection can be readily associated with yard ramps. Our most popular yard ramp weighs about 6,150 pounds. That's three tons. (For perspective, that's the weight of 400 bowling balls.)

Once positioned, the ramp typically sits at an angle, allowing access from ground to elevated dock. And that's where safety precautions are essential.

Hand trucks and forklifts travel up and down the yard ramp, though largely not on their own. Humans position and guide and move inventory along the incline. The scenario has any number of potential dangers. Humans falling off the ramp. Your forklift tipping over. Your forklift running over a foot.

From the National Safety Council:

"It may come as a surprise that the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death is falls. In 2019, 39,443 people died in falls at home and at work...For working adults, depending on the industry, falls can be the leading cause of death."

The NSC quickly follows those alarming numbers with this: Falls are 100% Preventable.

The Yard Ramp Guy's trusted manufacturers put curbs, averaging eight inches high, on the sides of our yard ramps. This helps the forklift stay on the ramp should it head for the rails.

Whether stationary dock ramps or portable yard ramps, they also have serrated grating for excellent forklift traction. This open design prevents slipping and buildup of water and debris.

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. The 5 Ps applies to business plan strategy, yes.  And just as importantly, the 5 Ps applies to what we might think is a simple, repetitive move of inventory up and down an incline.

In our view: when it comes to the workplace, one of the pillars of a company's business plan is ⏤ or needs to be ⏤ worker safety.

This week, our man McCoy Fields is building bridges. The natural way.

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Our National Ramp Coverage


Our Live Locator Map changes all the time. We're continually adjusting this industry-leading map to reflect the availability of our portable forklift ramps and stationary loading docks. And we try to keep it as "real time" as possible.

When a business buys a yard ramp, we take it off the market and remove it from the map. When a business is done with its rental, we move it to a depot, which we also relocate on the map.

And so it struck us that our current configuration supports, more or less, an umbrella:

Yard Ramp Guy Coverage, as of November 19, 2021

And we like that. (Know that we're taking poetic license here with our analogy. The Yard Ramp Guy strongly recommends against using one of our yard ramps as an actual umbrella. Just saying.)

The map is detailed, yet by no means displaying our full coverage. Some inventory moves before we've posted it on our site. Sometimes we're waiting for photos from the seller, as part of our Brokerage Service.

And that's not even including our latest sales pipeline: new, in-stock, ready-to-ship inventory. Yes, we have a graphic for that, too:

Take Advantage of Lower Cost & Favorable Shipping Lanes

Oddly enough, and maybe it's the weather changing, the image we're seeing in this one is of the Munster family, out for a ride:

So strange.

Happy belated Halloween.


This week, our man McCoy Fields takes us into the dreamy world of faces in clouds and other ways our brains interpret the world.

Click HERE to see the coolest of oddities, from the coolest of odd people.

Inventory Management

Supply & Demand: YRG
Dreaming of Traffic Jams (? ! )

Keeping Supply Paced with Demand

From the We Kid You Not department: Apple's hottest product right now is, apparently, its $19 cleaning cloth. Even though no computer chips are required in construction, it's on backorder until January. Don't want to wait three months to clean your screen? You can get a six-pack of cloths from competitors, in stock, half price.

Demand far outpaces supply right now in way too many sectors. A lot of that is pandemic-related backlog. Example: When demand for new cars dropped in Q2 of 2020, demand for computer chips also dropped. So, chip makers curtailed production. When demand climbed back up, those chip makers couldn't ⏤ and still haven't been able to ⏤ keep up with orders.

And so it is with steel. The steel surge pricing scenario began earlier this year and doesn't look to abate any time soon. The domino effect of this is all-encompassing. Steel makers can't keep up. Freight carriers can't keep up. Manufacturers can't keep up. End users wait longer.

Three pieces of good news, then, for our industry:

First: While The Yard Ramp Guy is seeing some longer lead times on the orders of new mobile yard ramps and stationary dock ramps, the wait is nowhere near that of, say, waiting three months for a cleaning cloth for your electronic devices.

Second: We have an ample supply of quality new and used yard ramps ⏤ for sale and for rental ⏤ available, and often ready for immediate delivery.

Third: with some 60 days remaining in 2021, now is an excellent time to buy to take advantage of Section 179:

"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."

Check out our Yard Ramp Financing page to explore your options in detail.

This week, our man McCoy Fields leads us into the world of WolframAlpha. It's definitely not Wolfman Jack.

Click HERE to focus your search.