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So as I venture into adding VLM how do you load unload your Rotary, Orbot, Trinity, Cimex?

I have been looking at ramps at Harbor Freight...

Here are a few I like so far:

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My biker friend uses the folding one 30-36 wide its kinda nice and holds up a bike no problem
 

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Do yourself a HUGE favor and buy one of these. I use it daily loading Cimex and Sprayborg (the 6' ). loading into a F-150 and other vehicles.
http://www.discountramps.com/scooter_ramp/p/WCMF/
This is a real nice quality piece of equipment that will last a lifetime. Very happy with my purchase. Buying the HF will be an annoyance always having to space the seperate two ramps perfectly apart and the open treads will not be good on your equipment wheels. The anti-slip surface is the best and the way it folds takes up very little space. Watch the video.
 

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Yes do get a ramp. You may feel cocky sometimes and just lift it in but one thing to remember is that in the custies eyes you will portray an unsafe work practice and overall bad image when straining yourself.
 

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Here is the one we use.

http://www.excellent-supply.com/Lin...pet-Cleaning-Machines-and-Equipment_p_14.html

But it's the 84" version. It can handle 20" autoscrubber as well.

I can manhandled the cimex by grabbing the handle on the head and the frame right above the axle. I only do that at the start of the day. End of the day, the ramp is coming out. The damn cimex was one of the reasons I started deadlifting again.

Just as Mike said, you will get tried of tinkering with the HF ramps over time unless you mark your vehicle in some way or make a guide for them.
 

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Harbor freight this is the one I've been looking at getting
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folds in half in width.
 

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These ramps look like a disaster waiting to happen... whether it slips off the truck and busts your machine or you slip in the rain/snow and bust your ass I see a lot of potential for problems lol

I recommend a truckmount to solve this problem... much safer.
 

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These ramps look like a disaster waiting to happen... whether it slips off the truck and busts your machine or you slip in the rain/snow and bust your ass I see a lot of potential for problems lol

I recommend a truckmount to solve this problem... much safer.
That's what I'm afraid of. I've fallen off of ramps 2 times to many. But with a little improvising of anchor points they can be made sturdy. Just everyone usually skips that part. "It's good. your good. bang! Wtf you said I was good"
 

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a truck mounted Cimex, Trinity or Orbot would not be very useful :)
The safety pin in the ramp I suggested works well to prevent that problem as does the grippy surface. I have loaded equipment in snow and heavy rain and never slipped. Something designed for the safety of a wheelchair using person is good enough for any floor care machine.

I do not walk up the ramp with the machine, I walk alongside while pushing. The ramp has guard rail to prevent the wheels from going over edge too.
 
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These ramps look like a disaster waiting to happen... whether it slips off the truck and busts your machine or you slip in the rain/snow and bust your ass I see a lot of potential for problems lol

I recommend a truckmount to solve this problem... much safer.

When using a ramp you do not walk up it you walk beside it or straddle it if it is not to wide.
 
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I injured my back (herniated discs) back in 1988 loading an old Advance Convertamtic auto scrubber into a van with a homemade plywood and 2x ramp that broke. Machine fell on me as it fell sideways. (6 battery machine) 11 months of rehab/therapy and a lifetime of back problems later is lesson learned to not be cheap on a quality ramp.
 

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When using a ramp you do not walk up it you walk beside it or straddle it if it is not to wide.
If you use it that way it's even more dangerous imo.

What's wrong with the powered crane idea? Seems like a slam dunk to me. You'll be using the ramp many times per day... I'd rather use a powered crane!
 

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If you use it that way it's even more dangerous imo.

What's wrong with the powered crane idea? Seems like a slam dunk to me. You'll be using the ramp many times per day... I'd rather use a powered crane!

Very safe i do it every day. Crane would be good also or even a lift gate.
 

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How about a custom made receiver that holds your machine .
This way you lift it only 12-14 inchs .
 

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Dont want my machines doing double duty as a car bumper. Also it would get pretty dirty driving on the roads if you are from PA.