Yard Ramps for Sale on Craigslist

Few yard ramp postings relegate it to secondary resource for buying and selling used yard ramps

Finding Peace in Heavy Equipment

Craigslist’s wide popularity makes it an efficient channel for buying and selling items locally. Certainly, over the past 20 years, it has largely replaced newspaper classified ads as the go-to place for sellers of all types of items and buyers looking for inexpensive used items. What can be better? You post an item, free of charge, and wait for email responses from interested buyers who come to pick it up from you with cash in hand!

When it comes to Craigslist, one usually thinks of an online marketplace for old toys, bicycles, and cheap second-hand furniture. That said, the site’s “Heavy Equipment” category does accommodate forklift ramp sellers.

Selling anything on Craigslist is quick and easy. After setting up an account, you create your listing, providing a description, price, and uploaded photos. Craigslist’s focus is local, so your listing will only appear to users in your defined location. After all, being able to transact purchases in person is a big part of Craigslist’s appeal, while not having to worry about shipping and getting paid. Each listing that you post can appear from 7 to 45 days, depending on the city and category. Resellers, on the other hand, can post ads and pay $5 per listing to appear in non-local results for 30 days.

How effective is Craigslist for buying and selling portable loading dock ramps? We think it’s a mixed bag. Why? The lion’s share of searches made by shoppers of used yard ramps are made on Google. That’s where buyers find the most results of resellers (like The Yard Ramp Guy) and manufacturers with used yard ramp listings. In addition, that’s where most sellers put their ad dollars to work, so search engines are where you see the highest concentration of listings.

Know that Craigslist’s Heavy Equipment category has sparse postings for yard ramps, which might be your greatest opportunity: Say a buyer wants to find and inspect a ramp locally. The minimal effort involved in using Google for a search like “craigslist used yard ramps in Miami” makes it very worthwhile to give it a try. (Local searches are extremely popular.)

The same goes for sellers. It’s cheap (remember, free if not a reseller) and postings can be created in a matter of minutes. The ease of posting makes this entirely worth trying.

Buyer & Seller Tips:

  • Craigslist is rife with scams. Use common sense when examining replies. Ignore, for example, replies written in broken English wanting to buy without ever looking at it and asking questions about how to pay you (their goal is to hack into your back account!). Click HERE for more information on spotting Craigslist scams.
  • Include detailed information about what you’re selling in your posting. High quality photos are essential.
  • Your posting is limited to your city and state. If you want to expand to surrounding states and cities, you’ll need to create separate posts for each city/state region.

Of course, we believe that The Yard Ramp Guy’s brokerage service is the right choice for selling your ramp quickly and efficiently. Over the past 10 years, we’ve become the go-to place for buyers and sellers interested in one thing: yard ramps.

Moving Your Yard Ramp

It's All in the Wheels

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The YRG Wheel Keeps Turning

Our current inventory shows portable yard ramps ⏤ for sale and for rent ⏤ that weigh anywhere from 3,700 to 6,235 pounds.

A majority of these reflect the industry's popular specifications: 20,000-pound capacity, 84-inch width, and 36-foot length, with a weight of some 6,000 pounds.

Six thousand pounds. That's three tons. It's also (since you asked) the approximate weight of the tongue of a blue whale, half the weight of an African bush elephant, and two-fifths the weight of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

So, our industrial equipment is heavy. About 2,500 pounds heavier than a Ford Taurus. If you have a stationary dock ramp, it's likely bolted to your loading bay.

(If you require assistance with that upon purchase or rental, and many of our customers do, our turnkey services provide an excellent way to keep you focused without worry on what you do; we'll take care of the heavy lifting.)

We want to reassure you on the ease with which our customers are able to move their portable yard ramps. You'll see the process in the accompanying video.

  • The forklift approaches.
  • The fork slides into the ramp clamp opening.
  • Forklift raises the fork.
  • The bottom of the yard ramp lifts off the ground.
  • Forklift moves to the needed repositioning.
  • The wheels on the other end of the yard ramp assure stable, balanced movement.

Yes, there are always variables. For example, your warehouse grounds might have some tighter turns, requiring a few more pivots of the yard ramp.

Yet, a qualified forklift operator will easily and safely reposition a yard ramp. Time after time.

Have a look:

This week, our man McCoy Fields switches back to the Stelvio Pass switchback in Italy. To our delight, he's a bit grumpy about the whole experience.

Click HERE to get transported to Italy.

Ramps Rusting Gracefully

COR-TEN in Context

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Rust as Function and Style

We follow steel ⏤ its applications, strength, and advancements. Steel is, literally, the foundation of our business.

Naturally, we take pause whenever a new technology arrives, promising stronger and longer lasting formulas.

COR-TEN is one such innovation. U.S. Steel holds the trademark on the name, a combination of corrosion resistance and tensile strength. (Tensile strength is the point at which steel begins to warp.) The innovation here is in weathering, the chemical component that lets the steel retain its integrity while exhibiting the (natural) oxidation that we know as rust.

The difference is that COR-TEN steel's rust is a layer designed as a kind of protective coating, leaving the underlying sections to retain strength. This is partly a cosmetic feature.

A number of architectural projects have folded COR-TEN into their designs. The Chicago Picasso sculpture, in the Chicago Loop's Daley Plaza, uses it, as does Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It's rust as style. Not everyone's taste, yet quite popular in some circles.

And yet (well, you knew that was coming), COR-TEN has some problems. Barclays Center, for example: by design the oxidation process is accelerated. And what people experienced with that rusting, among other elements, was discoloration of the sidewalks (called "bleeding" or "runoff") around Barclays Center, the result of condensation from the steel dripping onto the concrete. This can also cause environmental problems, with metal runoff seeping into and affecting local waters.

Structurally, the situation also can be dire. Engineers employed COR-TEN in construction of The Omni Coliseum in Atlanta in 1972. The steel wouldn't stop rusting, and that resulted in large holes. Structurally, it was compromised to the point of being a potential danger and disaster. Twenty-five years after its construction, they demolished the building.

Our focus is on structural integrity. No COR-TEN on our inventory. We evaluate and categorize each rental and used yard ramp you'll find on our listing pages ⏤ from "New" through "Good" ⏤ and all pass the test of that structural integrity. Which is the only way we allow them to post on our site.

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Barclays Center Roofing

This week, our man McCoy Fields discovers a half-ramp, half-causeway. Something to do with pulling ships over mountains. And it's all fascinating.

Click HERE to read all about it.

The Yard Ramp Guy’s Continuing Education

2020: The Year, The Vision

YRG: Pointing in the Right Directions
YRG: Problem Solved

“When the wise man points to the stars, the idiot looks at his finger.”
—Chinese Proverb

We don't have a pithy proverb to match five thousand years of Chinese tradition. That said, and with all due respect to that proverb, which we like a lot, maybe the wise man could find an alternate way to get the idiot to look to the stars. Something simple, like saying, "Hey, look up at those stars."

That way, the wise man would look all the wiser, and the other guy would be able to share a view of the stars. Just saying.

The Yard Ramp Guy welcomes the new decade.At The Yard Ramp Guy, we believe there are lessons to be learned from everyone. In our industry, the details are essential. That's why we spend time asking questions:

  • About your business.
  • About your loading dock and its height and width.
  • About the gravel or asphalt or concrete composition of your loading area.
  • About the maneuverability around your property of an 84-inch wide, 30-foot long, 6,000-pound yard ramp.
  • About your ability or willingness to unload and/or set up a yard ramp, if need be.

It's all in the details. We learn from our customers, our vendors, our manufacturers, and our associates. We like the learning, yes. More importantly, we need to learn. Call it The Yard Ramp Guy's perpetual enrollment in continuing education.

It's been an intense 2019. With all the challenges, we like the directions the business has taken. We appreciate the positive feedback and customer testimonials. We respect the industry. We're optimistic about the prospects for growth — both The Yard Ramp Guy's and the nation's — as we turn to the Roaring 20s.

Give us a call. We'd love to learn from you.

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To our customers, vendors, associates, and industry colleagues,
we wish you a happy, healthy New Year.

This week, our man McCoy Fields goes medieval and decides he likes the way things are put together more than destroyed. We're all ramped up by that.

Click HERE to read McCoy's musings.

(Fork) Lifting Toward 2020

Roaring into the 20s

Yard Ramp Guy: Roaring into the 20s.
Carving a path into the new year.

Oscar Wilde said, "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

We imagine he wasn't considering the yard ramp industry.

Year in, year out: we continue to provide quality portable yard ramps and stationary loading dock ramps that are consistently informed by our commitment to quality customer service.

The quality of inventory and the quality of our attention to detail: they go hand-in-hand, informed by and informing one another.

The Yard Ramp Guy is incredibly fortunate and honored to maintain deep professional relationships with the nation's top yard ramp manufacturers. In addition to the ease of doing business with them,  we’re also positioned to pass on impressive savings on new ramps to our customers

We’ve made our used inventory and rental ramps available across the United States. Delivery times and shipping costs are lower for you. And we don't just ramp 'em and leave 'em: our turnkey delivery and installation services are available to help you unload and set up. That is, we do what we do so that you can remain focused on optimizing your business operations.

2019 has been a whirlwind of activity. We welcome the chaos that comes with all the moving pieces and fluid situations and all those other kitchen-sink clichés you can think of when the economy and steel pricing and industry dynamics are uncertain.

With that, we look forward to a robust 2020. We'll have some major new announcements that, we're confident, will further solidify our position in the industry. Keep watching this space for details.

Before we turn the calendar, though, we remind you that the taxman still has a 2019 opportunity for you to save money. Consider buying a yard ramp before December 31st and take advantage of a Section 179 Deduction.You can deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment from your gross income. It's well worth checking out. And though there are but days left until the 2020s, it's certainly not too late.

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Happy Holidays to our customers, vendors, and industry colleagues. Good health to you and yours as we all ramp up to the Roaring 20s.

This week, our man McCoy Fields takes us back in time and teaches us that the Incans, the Mayans, and the Aztecs were all connected by, natch, their use of ramps.

Click HERE to connect with McCoy Time.