|Project by Jagerheister||posted 06-18-2015 12:12 PM||2579 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
This is a set of ramps that I built last weekend so that I could remove an 800# welder from my pickup truck. This ramp interfaces with the open tail gate of my truck and provides a flat surface so that heavy objects can be safely rolled down to the ground. In this case the ramp was used in concert with a come-along to slowly let the welder down in a safe and controlled speed.
It’s fabricated from construction grade plywood, 2×4’s and deck screws. It also uses a tail gate bracket made by “Ramparts” that I purchased at home depot. It’s very heavy duty, and I would feel comfortable using a ramp from this design to lower an jointer, bandsaw, table saw, compressor, or other heavy machines.
Having to figure out a way to unload heavy objects has been a common theme since I got into wood working. I’ve read many posts about people creating contraptions to lift or roll things into their shop. I also plan on stashing this ramp behind my shop, and using it to load and unload my lawn tractor…
It’s noteworthy to add that my pick up is a F-250, and is higher than a standard half ton truck. An off the shelf metallic ramp long enough to comfortably lower something heavy to the ground will cost more than $250.00.
This project took a few hrs to build in my drive way, and cost about $100 to build.
I provided a Video walk through of the design, and talk about some of the considerations that went into the design an the build:
Also, I show the ramp being used to lower an old school Lincoln welder that weights over 800#’s.
Please feel free to tell me what you think about this project, and provide any comments that you may have on building this type of construction.
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