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    Hi Jessica, I use a couple of lengths of decking board, works fine.

  • these look particularly good if your mower is bigger than your vehicle!

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/1-8m-Steel-Ramps-ATV-Mower-Motorbike-for-T...

    (more seriously, I bought the folding version of these (from ebay but they were cheaper back then).  Fine for mower but the extra steep slope makes it more difficult to get the Eliet Major into the van).

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    I use a small scaff board. I think I nicked it of site once.

     

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      Similar. I just went to the timber merchant and for £8 they sold me 2 planks. I've had 'em years and they just slide alongside the mowers in transit.

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    I use a wooden board, must be the most useful tool I have as it's saved my back getting mowers in the van and also up and down garden steps also doubles as an edging board. 

  • www.theramppeople.co.uk they have all sorts of ramps. I chose the aluminium folding ramps. They not easy to find on the site but do a site search.

    There are a lot of things to consider for the ramps. Safety first, weight limit of the ramps and the height the ramp needs to reach will depend on the length required. If not mistake this site has some info if not just google it.

    Boards are not fine not even if you using them yourself, it's just not worth putting yourself at risk or your employees. They can break unexpectedly, the tyres can slip especially if they wet or the board is wet.    

     

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      With respect John, I've had the same boards for years and they have no signs of any weakness, I reckon they'll outlast me! I don't see any more risk of tyres slipping on wood than there is on steel. You just need to use a modicum of common sense.  I see other landscapers lifting heavy plant on and off vans regularly and wouldnt be without my two custom cut planks. As I said earlier, they slide alongside my two mowers in the van with the further advantage of them holding the mowers securely in place. I see absolutely no advantage in me getting steel ramps.

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    Another vote for scaffold boards

     

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      I have a couple of short scaffolding boards they have the advantage of being able to be used as scaffold boards as well as ramps!

      If loading something heavy and you feel the need to put a couple of bricks or something else under them around the midpoint to give extra support do not chock them in tight under the boards, leave a gap so the boards sag down onto the support then they don't become seesaw's and lift at one end.

      Andy. 

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