Your Yard Ramp Questions: Answered

Businesses lacking a permanent yard ramp enjoy a huge advantage when employing a portable yard ramp, allowing companies to increase their shipping processes and maintaining safety at the dock door. While many of us know what yard ramps are, their advantages and features always deserve another look. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding portable yard ramps.

What is a portable yard ramp?

A portable yard ramp is a maneuverable loading platform, typically constructed of four stationary legs. It is usually 8’ wide, allowing a forklift to turn and move on the platform with great flexibility. Portable yard ramps are used when a permanent dock is not in place to address a shipment need.

Why use a portable yard ramp?

The portable yard ramp has a number of advantages, addressing both the efficiency and safety concerns of many small and large businesses and across a number of industries. These benefits include:

  • Portability – For those with varying areas of docking needs, the unit can be moved where the shipment is, rather than having to move the shipment to the unit.
  • 90 Degrees – Allowing more flexibility, the portable yard ramp allows for a forklift’s full 90-degree turn on the platform when loading and unloading cargo.
  • Temporary Needs – The portable yard ramp is great for addressing temporary needs while keeping product moving at the main doors. With a portable yard ramp, you can create a dock area for extra shipments—whenever and wherever the need arises.

Can these yard ramps be used at differing heights?

Yes, some portable yard ramps feature optional telescoping legs of 44” and 55” to elevate the unit to most standard dock heights. These adjustable legs are easy to raise and lower, making it able to address most needs.

Can portable yard ramps be made to suit?

Yes: the portable yard ramp is customizable when needed for very specific uses or applications. Contact us for more information and to get a quote on your very own custom dock.

How much does a portable yard ramp cost?

When purchased new, standard yard ramps typically range from $6,000 to $12,000. As the unit’s dimensions and weigh capacity increase, so does the overall cost.  

What is the typical weight capacity?

The typical weight capacity will be between 16,000 lbs. and 30,000 lbs.

Portable yard ramps: reliable and convenient, they allow you to optimize processing time at the dock door while also ensuring the safety of your staff and your shipments.