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Re: (ET) ET into a pickup truck? Drop pins through ramps
I have a tilt bed utility trailer which works pretty well. However,
the ET cannot climb on under its own power, so I use ramps and a
come-along to help it up. For a pickup, I'd guess you would want to
use at least 8 foot long ramps - and the pins as suggested in the
post below make great sense. I have some 2 x 10s with aluminium ramp
ends (NorthernTool.com) with pins, but rarely use them since I mostly
haul stuff on the lower trailer. I also have some folding steel
ramps which are quite a bit stronger. To load into a truck, I'd look
for a steep bank so that the ramp angle is as low as possible, and
use the strongest ramps you can find.
At 02:51 PM 5/28/2007, you wrote:
My utility trailer is only 1/2 as high as a full size pickup, but I
had one of
my ramp boards slip also.
So, I drilled a hole through each ramp, and a matching hole into the
and dropped a couple 5/16" carriage bolts in (no nuts required).
These Electraks weigh as much as 950 pounds or so, so I made heavy duty
I use triple thickness 2*10s for my ramps - three pieces stacked, carriage
bolted together, then beveled on upper and lower ends. The drop pins
quick width spacing to match the Electrak, and they prevent that ramp being
pushed out, as previous post mentioned. And, they allow quick, easy change
spacing for other implements. Otherwise, use OAK if you only want a single
thicknesss of 2*10 or 2*12.
I have often used a Come-A-Long / lever/ratchet action cable puller to
dead ElecTrak up the ramps (or control it as you move it down again), AND
tie the machine down to the trailer.
You REALLY don't want 1000 pound mass on wheels moving around in
your truck or
Good luck with moving your Electrak - but as the other guys suggested, be
E-20's, Commuta Cars, etc.
On Monday 28 May 2007 11:12:46 am Thompson, Geof wrote:
> DO NOT DRIVE AN ET INTO A PICKUP TRUCK. unless you can drive it in
> straight from something like a loading dock. In which case I'd still
> push it in. The only safe ways to load a tractor form the ground are to
> winch it in, or if you have a crane lower it in. And the same way out,
> if you driving them on or off, the risk is too great, things can go bad
> very quickly and you could end up dead or missing parts real fast.
> I am not over stating this. I've seen tractors go over, ramps buckle,
> and even seen the tractor drive over the fender and roll out of the box.
> So far all I seen is pretty nasty damage to the tractors and the trucks,
> but it was only luck that the operators are here to tell the tale.
> Geof Thompson
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