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Folding Ramp Project

Discussion in 'Track Loaders' started by Metalman 55, Mar 18, 2017 at 6:43 PM.

  1. Metalman 55

    Metalman 55 Senior Member

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    This is a folding ramp project that I helped my nephew with, which is installed on a new to him flatbed truck that he plans to use to move his bobcat CTL & Mini Excavator around with. He had a smaller flatbed truck used similarly, but with just some steel pullout ramps that hooked over the back (& much harder on his back!).

    I made the drawing for him & our shop cut all the hss & plate work for the project & also we had a local cutting shop plasma cut the profile plates & he did all the fabricating & welding.

    The power unit is 12V DC which runs the hydraulic fold system.

    This morning we did some finish welding on some tight spots with stick welding as he only has a mig & could not reach in the narrow places.

    We used my old 941 Loader to assist with the final assembly after the welding was completed.
     

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  2. Metalman 55

    Metalman 55 Senior Member

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    Few more pics.......

     

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  3. DMiller

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    I like it! Would have considered a pivot point to keep the ramps somewhat folded out when lowering or possibly a shallow spring load to kick them a bit open as lower. At this point could add a small kicker lever off the hydraulics to do just that and save some back/extra body time but hell, Looks Great!!
     
  4. Welder Dave

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    Do you have a safety pin or chain to prevent the ramps from falling in the event of a hyd. problem? It would also take the load off the extended cylinder.
     
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    I can hear it already, Damn armchair Quarterbacks!!!:)
     
  6. Metalman 55

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    Yesterday was the maiden voyage for the new ramp system. More changes for helping the "unfold process" are unfolding!! Also a lock system for the holding the ramps in the folded up position are being worked on as we speak.................stay tuned!!
     
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    Here we are again after a few more refinements have been made. He will find a way to attach & support the chains which aid the lowering in a more permanent manner.......all a process of working the bugs out of the system.:) He just has some painting to do & its off to work again!







     
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    The fold down chains really help, I was wondering after the first video how you were going to kick those out- looks good.
     
  10. DMiller

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    I am taking notes!!;)
     
  11. Metalman 55

    Metalman 55 Senior Member

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    Don't tell me that you are thinking about putting a truck on the road to move that 7G around now are you?? I have the plans here for you if you decide too!!
     
  12. DMiller

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    NOT Hardly!!,, I have been on a side shift in a crawler with slick shoes on steel ramps, NOT Fun!! Would look and work nice on a low boy to get the height down at the rear though! Would be a wee bit shorter.