Selecting the Right RampAt Thorworld we recognise that not every user has the same requirements for a container ramp; we believe in providing a selection of ramps, giving you the choice to select a ramp which is not only cost effective but suitable for your operation. Operationally there are two distinct styles of ramps to suit your preferred method of entry and towing:
Our ramps are also classified by usage:
- Standard: Ideal for the majority of situations where ramps are used 3-4 times per day, typically on a one-shift system. These represent our most economic range of ramps for standard use.
- Deluxe: Recommended for medium to heavy-duty continual use for one-shift operation. These represent an economic, robust and durable product able to stand up to this type of usage.
- Super Deluxe: Recommended for heavy-duty continual multi-shift usage or 24/7 operation. These are our most robust and durable products, and are suited to the harsh conditions typically seen in the recycling industry.
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|EP-110||110v Electrical Pump|
|EP-240||240v Electrical Pump|
|EP-415||415v 3-Phase Electrical Pump|
Raising and lowering of ramps for height adjustment is achieved by means of a hand operated hydraulic pump, which raises the ramp. To lower, a valve is released and the ramp lowers. The hydraulic system used allows the ramp to safely ‘float’ with the vehicle during loading/unloading, ensuring maximum safety at all times.
Capacities stated are total load, but all our ramps are tested in the worst case scenario; with the total load applied through a single axle, which occurs when a fully loaded FLT brakes harshly. Important: Check that other manufacturers’ ramps are the same, not simply UDL.
Special ramps can also be manufactured to your specification, subject to quotation.
See the Accessories section for information on accessories available, and recommended, for use with our container ramps.
Points to consider:
Some important points to consider when purchasing a mobile ramp include:
- Future Proofing – Consider the likelihood of any changes to operations within the company; it is always better to future proof by over specifying rather than under specifying.
- Capacity or Rated Load – The weight of the greatest moving load (including goods, persons and transport equipment) for which the product is designed must be accounted for. Be aware whether quoted capacities are Total Load (Uniformly Distributed Load: UDL), or Single Axle (Dynamic Load) capacities; under heavy braking it is quite feasible to have the full weight of the fork truck acting through its front wheels only, therefore it is important to ensure the single axle rating of the mobile ramp is sufficiently high.
- Frequency of use – High frequency usage, such as shift working, can cause damage to a mobile ramp which is only designed for relatively infrequent use.
- Load dimensions – The container ramp should take into account the goods being loaded or unloaded. Narrow, high side curbs will hinder the loading of wide items. Long, items may catch the inside roof of the container if the level off top section is too short.
- Fork lift type – 3-wheeled fork trucks for example will put additional pressure on the flooring of a mobile ramp; hence it is important to ensure the manufacturer has accounted for this in the ramp they suggest. It is also important to check the trucks to be used are capable of running safely on the incline at which the container ramp will be working at, and have no clearance problems. Operating on the incline of a container ramp can also severely reduce the running time of electric powered trucks – check with your supplier for more information.
- Height range – The maximum recommended incline of a container ramp is 7 degrees or 1 in 8, though many yardramps are capable of raising beyond this angle. When specifying a mobile ramp, it is important that you are aware of the maximum height range required, i.e. measure the highest and lowest vehicles used on your site, and ensure the ramp is capable of reaching these positions.