Need ramp to load 4 wheel mower onto the bed of Tundra?

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Old 14 Aug 2010, 11:55 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need ramp to load 4 wheel mower onto the bed of Tundra?

I'm looking for a ramp to do per Subject. I have a John Deer riding
mower? I'd like a ramp I can trust to attach to the tail gate, and clear
it from the blade below the mower.
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Old 15 Aug 2010, 07:57 am   #2 (permalink)
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"W. eWatson" <wolftracks@invalid.com> wrote in message
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: I'm looking for a ramp to do per Subject. I have a John Deer riding
: mower? I'd like a ramp I can trust to attach to the tail gate, and
clear
: it from the blade below the mower.

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Old 15 Aug 2010, 09:10 am   #3 (permalink)
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"Anyolmouse" <invalid@invalid.invalid> found these unused words:

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>"W. eWatson" <wolftracks@invalid.com> wrote in message
>news:i47s0c$f94$1@news.eternal-september.org...
>: I'm looking for a ramp to do per Subject. I have a John Deer riding
>: mower? I'd like a ramp I can trust to attach to the tail gate, and
>clear
>: it from the blade below the mower.
>
>Google or Yahoo and other search engines are your friend.
>http://www.google.com/search?q=picku...ient=firefox-a
>33,700 results in .26 seconds. <G>


.... and IE is not yours <G>!

OP ...
If you're concerned about the baldes and housing hitting, you'll need an
arched ramp or one that has a transition angle. The cheap ones are single
slope.

For security, you'd need something to grip onto just indied the top of the
tailgate. Usually they just rest on the gate and you use bungees to 'secure'
them.
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Old 16 Aug 2010, 07:39 am   #4 (permalink)
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"W. eWatson" <wolftracks@invalid.com> wrote in message
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> I'm looking for a ramp to do per Subject. I have a John Deer riding mower?
> I'd like a ramp I can trust to attach to the tail gate, and clear it from
> the blade below the mower.


If this is going to be a common occurence, you'd be better off with a small
trailer.

If you are going to use ramps to load the mower, I'd recommend removing the
tailgate and use ramps that sit on the bumber and allow you to go directly
from the ramps to the bed. I've used 2x 6's for this in the past. I've also
backed the truck down into a shallow depression (ditch) to imporve the
angle.

Ed


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Old 16 Aug 2010, 08:28 am   #5 (permalink)
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Per C. E. White:
>If this is going to be a common occurence, you'd be better off with a small
>trailer.


+1 on that.

I use ramps to load a 700#+ lawn tractor/sickle bar mower into
the back of my Suburban and it is a real hassle - not to mention
the safety considerations of a minor accident while driving or
losing it during the loading process.
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Old 16 Aug 2010, 07:34 pm   #6 (permalink)
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+2 on the Trailer idea. I bought a 3/4 ton capable tilt bed trailer many
years ago and found it just plain handy for all manner of jobs, even though
I now have a Tacoma. I put a ball on the back of my tractor and use the
trailer for on-site work. I also cut firewood in the winter and tow the
trailer with my tractor from the woods to my driveway where the perfectly
balanced trailer is easy to switch from tractor to Truck for delivery. But
the handiest is when I want to save pick-up and return fees if I need the
tractor serviced. I back the truck with trailer to the best little hump of
lawn I have, unlock the tilt mechanism and drive the tractor right up on it.
I've gotten very good at inching forward so that the trailer bed pretty
gently settles back to level. I can then lock it and strap the tractor in
for a quick delivery.

Of course, I've been fortunate enough to have a place to store the trailer
out of the weather.

A final thought, I've ready on the Tacoma World forums that people have been
bending their Tacoma tailgates with too much weight while loading and
unloading motorcycles, snowmobiles, ... You might want to consider a quick
study of the weight capacity of your tailgate before getting half way up
your ramp.

God luck

"C. E. White" <cewhite3@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> "W. eWatson" <wolftracks@invalid.com> wrote in message
> news:i47s0c$f94$1@news.eternal-september.org...
>> I'm looking for a ramp to do per Subject. I have a John Deer riding
>> mower? I'd like a ramp I can trust to attach to the tail gate, and clear
>> it from the blade below the mower.

>
> If this is going to be a common occurence, you'd be better off with a
> small trailer.
>
> If you are going to use ramps to load the mower, I'd recommend removing
> the tailgate and use ramps that sit on the bumber and allow you to go
> directly from the ramps to the bed. I've used 2x 6's for this in the past.
> I've also backed the truck down into a shallow depression (ditch) to
> imporve the angle.
>
> Ed
>

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Old 17 Aug 2010, 06:42 am   #7 (permalink)
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"JMc" <mcdonaldjc@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> A final thought, I've ready on the Tacoma World forums that people have
> been bending their Tacoma tailgates with too much weight while loading and
> unloading motorcycles, snowmobiles, ... You might want to consider a
> quick study of the weight capacity of your tailgate before getting half
> way up your ramp.


This brought back memories to me. If you look at the rear of a mid-70's Ford
pick-up, the tailgate seems to have an extra rib detail above the F O R D
letters. Originally I thought this was an odd styling detail. However, when
I was interviewing for a job when I was about to graduate from college, I
talked to a Ford Engineer. Since I was raised on a farm and my dad had a
Ford pick-up, we talked about the trucks. At some point the Ford engineer
mentioned that they added that detail becasue of pig farmers (like my Dad at
the time). According to him, Ford had discovered that the tailgate would
bukle under the weight of large hogs. The engineering solution was to add
the extra detail in the sheet metal to stiffen the tailgate. My Father never
actually used the tailgate for loading. He had built a special rack that
replaced the tailgate and included a loading ramp. He built this for a 1962
F100 short box. Thirty years later it would still fit on a 1992 F150 with a
short box. I finally disposed of the rack when I sold my 1992 F150. It won't
fit on the newer models. People used to tease my Father becasue as soon as
he got a truck, he removed the tailgate and stuck it in the barn. Four or
five years later when he traded trucks, he would reinstall the "perfect"
tailgate on a truck that had been beat to death.

Ed


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Old 17 Aug 2010, 09:58 am   #8 (permalink)
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"C. E. White" <cewhite3@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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: "JMc" <mcdonaldjc@verizon.net> wrote in message
: news:i4clfd$jbe$1@news.eternal-september.org...
:
: > A final thought, I've ready on the Tacoma World forums that people
have
: > been bending their Tacoma tailgates with too much weight while
loading and
: > unloading motorcycles, snowmobiles, ... You might want to consider
a
: > quick study of the weight capacity of your tailgate before getting
half
: > way up your ramp.
:
: This brought back memories to me. If you look at the rear of a
mid-70's Ford
: pick-up, the tailgate seems to have an extra rib detail above the F O
R D
: letters. Originally I thought this was an odd styling detail. However,
when
: I was interviewing for a job when I was about to graduate from
college, I
: talked to a Ford Engineer. Since I was raised on a farm and my dad had
a
: Ford pick-up, we talked about the trucks. At some point the Ford
engineer
: mentioned that they added that detail becasue of pig farmers (like my
Dad at
: the time). According to him, Ford had discovered that the tailgate
would
: bukle under the weight of large hogs. The engineering solution was to
add
: the extra detail in the sheet metal to stiffen the tailgate. My Father
never
: actually used the tailgate for loading. He had built a special rack
that
: replaced the tailgate and included a loading ramp. He built this for a
1962
: F100 short box. Thirty years later it would still fit on a 1992 F150
with a
: short box. I finally disposed of the rack when I sold my 1992 F150. It
won't
: fit on the newer models. People used to tease my Father becasue as
soon as
: he got a truck, he removed the tailgate and stuck it in the barn. Four
or
: five years later when he traded trucks, he would reinstall the
"perfect"
: tailgate on a truck that had been beat to death.
:
: Ed

Neat story--<G>

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Old 17 Aug 2010, 10:15 am   #9 (permalink)
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"C. E. White" <cewhite3@mindspring.com> found these unused words:

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>"JMc" <mcdonaldjc@verizon.net> wrote in message
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>> A final thought, I've ready on the Tacoma World forums that people have
>> been bending their Tacoma tailgates with too much weight while loading and
>> unloading motorcycles, snowmobiles, ... You might want to consider a
>> quick study of the weight capacity of your tailgate before getting half
>> way up your ramp.

>
>This brought back memories to me. If you look at the rear of a mid-70's Ford
>pick-up, the tailgate seems to have an extra rib detail above the F O R D
>letters. Originally I thought this was an odd styling detail. However, when
>I was interviewing for a job when I was about to graduate from college, I
>talked to a Ford Engineer. Since I was raised on a farm and my dad had a
>Ford pick-up, we talked about the trucks. At some point the Ford engineer
>mentioned that they added that detail becasue of pig farmers (like my Dad at
>the time). According to him, Ford had discovered that the tailgate would
>bukle under the weight of large hogs. The engineering solution was to add
>the extra detail in the sheet metal to stiffen the tailgate. My Father never
>actually used the tailgate for loading. He had built a special rack that
>replaced the tailgate and included a loading ramp. He built this for a 1962
>F100 short box. Thirty years later it would still fit on a 1992 F150 with a
>short box. I finally disposed of the rack when I sold my 1992 F150. It won't
>fit on the newer models. People used to tease my Father becasue as soon as
>he got a truck, he removed the tailgate and stuck it in the barn. Four or
>five years later when he traded trucks, he would reinstall the "perfect"
>tailgate on a truck that had been beat to death.
>
>Ed
>

Quite so, the inner panel of a Taco is under supported. Mine's compresse
just from kneeling and loading cement blocks furher back. Finall use a cut
sheet of 3/4 plywood to spread the weight.

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Old 17 Aug 2010, 08:08 pm   #10 (permalink)
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On 8/15/2010 5:57 AM, Anyolmouse wrote:
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> "W. eWatson"<wolftracks@invalid.com> wrote in message
> news:i47s0c$f94$1@news.eternal-september.org...
> : I'm looking for a ramp to do per Subject. I have a John Deere riding
> : mower? I'd like a ramp I can trust to attach to the tail gate, and
> clear
> : it from the blade below the mower.
>
> Google or Yahoo and other search engines are your friend.
> http://www.google.com/search?q=picku...ient=firefox-a
> 33,700 results in .26 seconds.<G>
>

Thanks. Well, yes, but I'm looking pretty much for someone who can
"testify" to the safety.
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