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Loading Ramp Selection Guide
If after reading these instructions, you are still in doubt, please consult the loading ramp specialist you are purchasing your ramps from or give us a call.  We will be happy to guide you.  Your safety is our foremost priority!  Our phone number is at the top so you don't have to search for it.  That is because we are sincere.  You may also email us if that is easier.

 Ramp selection should be taken extremely s-e-r-i-o-u-s-l-y.

There is much more to buying a ramp than most folks realize. First, only buy a ramp that is labeled or listed with what it will load and how much weight it will hold.   If you have a variety of equipment you will be loading, then the ramp you select should be labeled/listed to load each application you will be loading along with the weight capacity.    If it is not labeled to load your particular equipment application, then you need to find a ramp that is. Ramp styles determine where the weight will be distributed on the ramp.  If for example you try to load a motorcycle on a folding ramp that is only labeled to load an ATV, chances are you will at the very least bend the cross bars, nullifying your warranty.  Of course, the scenario could be much worse because the bike is being loaded on a hinged ramp and placing the weight where it does not go could cause  the ramp to break.  Very dangerous.   A general rule of thumb is that folding ramps are designed to load ATV's and runners with arches are designed to load riding lawn mowers.  Other applications fall in between.  If you are not sure, ask. 

So once you have determined that the ramp you are looking at will work for your equipment, it is time to follow the guide lines as set forth below.  And always remember to NEVER load on a slippery surface such as concrete or asphalt.

Accuracy regarding length, width, and weight are three critical elements in the correct ramp application for YOUR particular needs.  Not doing so can result in serious injury, even death.  It should also go withouut saying, you must trust that the ramp will do what it claims.  There is very little room for error when it comes to loading ramps.  Why?  Because nine times out of ten you will be riding heavy equipment up on top of those ramps. If they fail, you are in big trouble. 

We've made it as easy as we can.  Here is your punch list. 
1.  Start with the published weight of your equipment to be loaded, then add your own personal weight.  That is your base.  A good rule of thumb is to add an extra 20 lbs. to include gasoline and any future accessories your might add. 
2.  Will you be loading anything with 3 or 5 wheels?  If so, it is imperative to know how the weight on that machinery is distributed if you are considering ramps with hinges (ie. folding ramps).  Hinges are NOT designed to hold the brunt of the machinery's weight.
3.  The width must be measured from the outside of the tires across.  Not from inside to inside.  It is always best to have a few extra inches in width with your ramp system, whether you are using runners or folding ramps as an added safety measure.  Think about it.  If you are riding your machinery up and the tires are hanging off the edges, it makes it much more difficult to aim correctly which could cause your machinery to be off center .  This will throw the weight distribution off possibly posing a serious threat.
4.  The length is calculated based on the height of the truck you are loading into. It should be calculated out at a minimal of 2.2 inches of ramp length for each inch of height.  (i.e. Truck bed is 30 inches from ground, 30"x2.2" equals 66".)

IMPORTANT:  One more important thing, please read and follow our Safety Tips before using your Oxlite ramps.  They come packaged with each ramp that leaves our plant.   
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