yes, braced in the middle, assuming a 500lb unit + 200 lb man.
But it wouldn't hurt to put a 2x4 underneath in a T position to add some
strength. glue and screw it. The 2x4 doesn't have to goto the end, so it
can sit , but it should be most of the length.
How long will the span be? Well it be from the truck to level ground,
or are you planning to do it from a hill or ditch on your property? The
hill/ditch could be a significantly shorter span.
What is the size of the tractor.
With a 2X4 on end, bolted under the 2X10, extending most of the length
of the ramp, I would think it could support most lawn type tractors.
A 2x10 will support two people (500 pounds)
With 2x4s under them as another poster suggested, I'd figure they'd work
As a backup plan, Harbor Freight has a couple aluminum ramps for around
$50. They're rated for 1000 lbs and handled my 4 wheeler just fine, but
they are rather short.
I used to load a John Deere 318 this way all the time with me riding it
up. I attached an "L" bracket on the end of each 2x12, to lock in
between the tailgate and the bed, to prevent them from falling.
Thanks, guys. I'm figuring 12-foot lengths to minimize the likelihood of g
etting hung up on the mower deck. This is a one-time move. I looked at th
e HF ramps and they look like a good price ... but their shorter length wil
l increase the odds of a hangup on the mower deck.
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 4:18:08 PM UTC-5, Lew Hodgett wrote:
I can tell you from experience that 12' may bow and defeat the advantage
of the longer length.. The 2x12 ramps that I used almost on a weekly
basis were 8' long.
If your deck floats it should easily ride over what ever it may come in
contact with, just like irregularities in the yard. Otherwise it should
be easy enough for some one to help lift should there be interference.
Since this is a one time use, you could get by with supports in the
middle of the 12 foot span of the 2X10.
These supports could be sturdy boxes, drums, etc. If you are a wood
worker and have left over 2X4 you could make a saw horse arrangement.
Remember as you are setting this thing up the truck will go down as the
load is transferred to the truck and this will cause movement against
the ramp. You do not want the supports to fall over as the truck moves.
Take a couple of minutes and view the vehicle loading failures an
Youtube. Enjoy but take note of what each does wrong.
As you are putting this together, remember, there are is one thing more
important than getting the tractor into the truck. Your goal is to
SAFELY get the tractor into the truck.
Per the computer magazines newsgroups are dying out, we don't want to
speed that process by loosing users to unnecessary accidents.
I've backed up to a steep hill to make up for the length of the ramps.
Eventually, I bought a pair that were much longer.
When you do this, make sure to have a spotter. Sometimes things shift as
the machine is loaded.
I use 2x8s about 6 feet long and a winch (instead of riding it). I
also have a couple of pieces of 2x6 to go under the wheels as it
enters the truck bed to lift it just enough that the deck doesn't
The metal ramps with a curve avoid the problem with deck drag, but I
only put the mower in the truck once or twice a year - not worth the
extra $$ for metal ramps. If it were a weekly event, I'd buy the
Agreed, not enough data for a solid answer.
That said, a 2x4 or even a 1x4 screwed into the edge of the 2x12 or
perpendicular to the bottom will greatly enhance the ramp's strength.
Finally, take it slow and easy and I suspect that you will see if you
HAVE a problem well before you're in any trouble.
For the effort required, I'd definitely attach the 2x4s to the bottom of
the 2x12s. I hate seeing ramps deflect under me, even if they will hold
the weight. It'd probably take me more time to gather the materials than
assemble the ramps.
My biggest concern would be the lip at the end of the 2x12. If loading
only, it won't be too much trouble. If unloading, that's one place the
rig could start to slip, and now you're on the edge and the ramp has gone
If the OP lived nearby (I'm thinking he lives in one of the states with a
compass direction in its name?), I'd let him borrow my ramps.
Unfortunately, it'll probably cost more to ship than it would to buy new
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