Container Ramps FAQs
What ramp length do I need?
For safety reasons we recommend our aluminium ramps for plant & machinery are not used at a gradient over 30% (16.5 degrees) – no TUV certified ramp is designed to exceed this gradient. To calculate your gradient, measure the vertical height from the ground to where the ramp will rest and multiply this figure by 3.3 to give you your ideal ramp length. If you are loading items with low ground clearance, for example pallet trucks and forklifts, you will often require a longer ramp, please contact our team for further advice.
Should I allow extra capacity when selecting the ramps for safety?
The Ramp Factory ramps are made to European TUV standards which require the ramps to have a built in 200% safety margin so there is no need to allow extra capacity if your maximum capacity is selected accurately. You need to consider: the weight of the machine, the load weight, the operator, fuel, oil and attachments as well as the wheelbase. If you exceed the maximum weight capacity this would void the warranty.
Do the ramps have a minimum load height they can be used with?
Yes, the minimum load heights are stated on the product page - this is because the bottom of the ramp will not sit flat on the ground if used outside of the stated load heights, meaning it will rock while in use. For custom solutions, please contact our customer services team.
Can the ramps be customised?
Yes, our aluminium container ramps can be customised to match your required load height, width, length and connection.
How durable are aluminium ramps compared to steel?
If the ramps are used correctly there is no reason why aluminium ramps should not last as long as steel. They should also last longer than steel ramps with wooden inserts.
What are the benefits of rubber container ramps?
The Ramp Factory rubber container ramps have a capacity of 10,000kg and are provided in modular pieces to allow the ramp to easily be put into place and removed by one person.
Why do the container ramps need to be used at a specific load height?
The foot of the ramp is cut to a specific load height and must sit flat on the floor. If used at the wrong load height then the ramp will not be able to take the weight and this will void the warranty.
What is the benefit of a wedge ramp?
These ramps can be customised to match your load height and are perfect for loading pallet trucks up to 120mm and can take capacities up to 2920kg.
Can the ramps be used with all kinds of pallet trucks or forklifts?
No – most pallet trucks and forklifts are not built to be used on an incline. Please check the manual of the manufacturer for gradient information on your vehicle.