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.

Ramping Up for the 2019 Holidays

Savings, Courtesy the Government

YRG: Tax Savings via Section 179
Piecing Together Yard Ramp Savings

Even though there may not be a Santa Clause, sometimes the taxman comes bearing presents.

First, as a leading dealer for the top manufacturers of yard ramps in the United States, we’re positioned to pass significant savings to our customers on new ramps. We’ve positioned our used inventory across the country, resulting in reduced delivery times and shipping costs. Add to that our valuable time-saving turnkey delivery and installation services for when your ramp arrives.

With The Yard Ramp Guy you are beginning your search with competitive pricing, a time-honored distribution system, and off-loading/installation service.

And so to that present from the taxman. With a month left in the calendar year, this may well be the perfect opportunity to invest in equipment for your business operations.

We introduce you to Section 179 of the U.S. tax code. Granted, the tax code can be a complicated thing, and yet the Section 179 Deduction is surprisingly straightforward. From their website:

“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.”

Time was when we could only write off a percentage of business investment per year, which depreciated over time. Not bad, though not optimal.

Optimal is “exactly what Section 179 does – it allows your business to write off the entire purchase price of qualifying equipment for the current tax year. This has made a big difference for many companies (and the economy in general.) Businesses have used Section 179 to purchase needed equipment right now, instead of waiting.”

Most small businesses can write off the whole cost of qualifying equipment from their 2019 tax returns (up to $1,000,000). Naturally, there are conditions. For example, the equipment must be bought or financed (we offer such financing) and put into service by December 31, 2019.

(We’re The Yard Ramp Guy, not the Section 179 Guy. Please consult your tax expert to confirm that you qualify.)

It really is an optimal situation: purchasing a yard ramp with the Section 179 deduction both helps streamline your business and reduces your taxes. Everybody wins.

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The Yard Ramp Guy wishes our customers, vendors, colleagues, and friends a very happy, safe Thanksgiving weekend.

This week, our man McCoy Fields learns about quality ramps the hard way. And he also describes a hat trick of a broken arm in a way that fascinates without making the story seem like the horror film it probably was.

Click HERE to read McCoy's disarming story.

New Forklift Ramp Q&A

A Smooth Angling of Your Purchase

YRG: New Forklift Ramps
The Yard Ramp Guy: Quality from the Start

We inspect all of our inventory to assure quality for your rental or purchase. And if it’s in your means, there’s nothing like a new forklift ramp. Unaffected by rust (naturally occurring, and most always nothing to be concerned about), a new one will give you those extra years of workhorse service.

The Yard Ramp Guy’s Online Store lists our new inventory in two main categories: New Mobile Yard Ramps and New Stationary Dock Ramps. And when you conduct your comparison shopping with other manufacturers and sellers, you’ll most often notice a couple of Yard Ramp Guy distinctions. Here, then is some handy Q&A:

How does The Yard Ramp Guy sell new ramps for less than the factory?Manufacturers often sell direct to end-users but honor the 800+ dealers around the country by committing to not going below the standard dealer’s retail price point. As far as pricing goes, we are competing against other dealers or the factory selling at dealer pricing.

We have no bricks and mortar. Our overhead is very limited. Our web presence funnels all the leads we could hope for, so our marketing budget is lean. Rather than pricing along with other dealers and pocketing the additional profits, we pass the overhead savings on to our customers to win their business.

Why does The Yard Ramp Guy feature only three yard ramp manufacturers?
The three manufacturers featured—Bluff Manufacturing of Ft. Worth, Texas; QMH of Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Mid-State Ramps of Denton, North Carolina—each make outstanding quality products and are the leading makers of yard ramps.

There are a few other manufacturers making quality products but not, in our opinion, with the same commitment to the vertical product line. They also sell at price points beyond our business model. We also would have no hesitation to re-sell one of their ramps as used.

What happens when my new forklift ramp arrives?
Not to worry. About half of our customers request some or all of our Turnkey Delivery and Installation Services. Many of our customers don’t have the skills or time to manage aspects of installation such as offloading the ramp from a flatbed, anchoring the ramp to docks, or spot welding.

More questions? We’re here to help you and the efficiency of your business. Give us a call:

This week, our man McCoy Fields stays in space (apparently, sometimes he’s late to dinner) and—no surprise here—questions the ramps they use in Star Wars and Star Trek.

We kid you not: Click HERE.

Success in Yard Ramp Industrials

It’s All in the Details

YRG: Quality in the Details
The Yard Ramp Guy: Big Wheels Keep on Turning

You should hear the thoroughness of Michael Myers, The Yard Ramp Guy’s sales consultant, on the phone. (Really: you should. Give him a call at 888.977.4224.)

We like Mike’s thoroughness for two main reasons:

1. It’s necessary.

2. It’s necessary.

Why do we place the highest emphasis on this? It could be the difference between success and delay. Or worse.

The importance of this cannot be overstated. As we’ve said before, you might see a yard ramp near you, but if that ramp doesn’t meet your specifications it has no value.

Remember that there are only two reasons to own or rent a ramp: Greater Efficiency and Greater Safety, both serving as bookends in the process. All of which informs Mike’s detailed questioning during his discovery of your needs.

Says Mike, “The key is knowing exact requirements and developing a solution.”

That same attention to detail motivates our sales coordinator, Jim Kunze, when he handles, among many other things, our innovative turnkey delivery and installation services.

About half of our customers request turnkey service. If you need that yard ramp offloaded from a flatbed, installed, or your stationary dock ramp secured to your bay door, Jim is keenly interested in dimensions and obstacles.

Jim’s goals are proactive—avoiding needless delays, contracting the right qualified installer with the right equipment. You’ll hear him ask about any tight or sharp turns in the pavement or gravel from road to your facility. You’ll hear him ask about low-hanging power lines. You’ll hear him ask about any dips or potholes. You’ll hear him ask if the drive is made of asphalt or gravel or dirt.

All of the questions The Yard Ramp Guy team asks are designed to help streamline the process of ordering and receiving a yard ramp. We want that to function as smoothly as your use of the yard ramp itself.

We take these phrases literally:

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • We thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.

 

Our man McCoy Fields continues his From the Archives series of old favorites. This week: The surprising Google results for "ramps."

Check it out HERE.