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Old 11-11-2019, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So those little straps that come with aluminum ramps.

Use them. Flipped a 800 lb Zero Turn on top of myself today. Not seriously hurt but could of been. Ramp slid out while I was unloading, Had just finished mulching leaves across town and it had started raining, was in a hurry to put the mower away and get inside. It flipped and I was pinned under it, had difficulty breathing, Luckily is was in front of the house and an older guy driving by saw me, he was able to roll it enough for me to scoot forward and breathe, then was able to bang on my front door to alert my wife and father who was visiting, they were able to roll it enough for me to get the rest of the way out. Nice little wake up call for taking things easy and not getting in a rush. Back is sore but only a 2 or 3, I get the feeling tomorrow is going to suck more.
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Yep fuck those ramps.
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Had one slide off the gate while I was loading a gsxr. Bike half in the truck, me now on the ground holding the bars trying to figure out what to do. Thankfully the bike stayed upright and didnt flop on me. Glad your ok.
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There is a reason for those straps. That reminds me I have one that needs to be replaced .
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Shit happens in a blink of an eye , glad you're okay.
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Does your zero turn have ROPS? I’m guessing no?
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The offending mower, May be more than 800lbs, either way it's more than I can do a pushup with when it's on my back. Thinking the fact it has the control for the Mulcher on the side saved me, On the other hand it could of just as easily impaled me. Older machine with no ROPS.
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Who was it here that rolled thier crawler pulling it onto a trailer?
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Glad you are ok!

I was using the straps with the ramp when loading my ATV years ago. Throttle stuck open on the ATV, slammed into the back of the cab breaking the rear window. ATV then flipped sideways out of the truck bed with me trying to get off of it while it beat the shit out of the bedside. Fortunately I was not injured. I got lucky. Not only do I reccomend straps, I also recommend wearing a helmet.

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Shit that sucks man... Had a 1200# mower fall off a jack onto me this summer and broke my collar bone. It even still had the back tires on, just jacked up so I could fit under there to replace the hydraulic pump. Came down, bounced off my shoulder and broke it... Fun. I was worthless for the next week before it got to where I could do much of anything again. Even sleeping sucked.
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that is the reason i bought a low trailer, with fold down ramp. flip a atv on top of me.
ramp slipped out.
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Know one family and heard of a few others who lost loved ones loading 4-wheelers in back of pickups and not hooking the strap.

I may not always wear a helmet, but I hook up that stupid strap anytime I use ramps
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Glad you got away.
Thanks for the reminder about thinking even when you are rushing.
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Praytell. What straps? Ive only ever seen hand loops or a snap loop for the folding style.
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Praytell. What straps? Ive only ever seen hand loops or a snap loop for the folding style.
The ones I've used are about an inch wide and hook underneath the rear bumper. You prop the ramp on the tailgate and run the strap to the bumper, keeps it from sliding out when loading.
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:16 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I understand the purpose, cause ive nearly done it myself, ive just never seen them or seen them included with any ramps.

So i assume they are a hook of some sort and sinch of some sort ? Makes sense for sure though. Just never seen them.
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Yeah pretty much. Basically a 3-bar slide sorta deal on the ones I've used.

On my ramps the hook is more towards the middle, but this is from the Harbor Freight site:

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I understand the purpose, cause ive nearly done it myself, ive just never seen them or seen them included with any ramps.
most come with them now days
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:54 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Even with the straps, fuck ramps. I bought a set of 1,200lbs. ramps to load ATV's. Well, a few weeks ago one of those tabs that rest on the tailgate bent and the ATV went down with it. I posted it in the ATV section with the brand.

Trailer is easier and safer.
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I stopped riding any piece of power equipment into the truck... bought the 50 dollar harbor freight winch and everything comes up nice with it. Zero turns, quads, mowers etc. My ramps bolt to the tailgate.
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Praytell. What straps? Ive only ever seen hand loops or a snap loop for the folding style.
I have one of the tri-fold style and it has some cheep ass little chains that "secure" it (if you can find somewhere to hook them). I have used it with the chains when in a hurry, but I don't really trust the hooks. For the most part I transport my ATV on a trailer with a fold down tailgate, but there are times when we put it on a deckover goose neck or the only place it will fit is in the bed of a truck. When this happens I'm stuck with using the damn sketchy ramp.
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