What is the Zip Ramp?
The Zip Ramp was first made in 2005. As Wieland's Lawn Mower Hospital continued to grow, we needed a way to quickly and safely load riding mowers into the bed of our trucks. The first design was not perfect, as the ramp was too short and the tailgate section was not present. Also, the floor of the ramp did not cover the fenders. Our second generation ramp included these features and was installed in 2006. As the years have gone by, we have thought up a few extra additions to make the ramp better. These include a one piece frame rail, reinforced ramp, and the deletion of certain reinforcement bars that would work better in other locations. After hearing multiple customers complement our design, we confronted another local power equipment dealer about purchasing the ramp. Immediately they requested multiple ramps, without hesitation as they saw the true value in the ramps. This prompted us to begin producing them commercially to spread the time savings, utility, and above all safety of the unique Zip Ramp design.
What can be loaded on the Zip Ramp?
With the reinforcements on the Zip Ramp, any power equipment under 1,200 pounds can be loaded on the ramp. This includes riding mowers, four wheel drive atv's and road bikes. To accomodate these heavy loads, we put reinforcement straps on the ramp. By doing this much of the flex in the ramp is eliminated. While this is important to the structural soundness of the ramp, it also does not allow the ramp to slide accross the ground, which could possibly scar concrete or cause the user to lose balance. On top of the ramp, the user can load to the truck's full capacity. Top load is not regulated by the Zip Ramp, but by the overall GVW of the truck manufacturer. Our only load rating is in regards to the ramp capacity.
So How Does Wieland's Fit?
Wieland's Lawn Mower Hospital is the Peoria area's largest outdoor power equipment dealer. We feature brands including John Deere, Toro, Stihl, Echo, Wright, Billy Goat and many more. In 2006 we decided to build a ramp that would allow us to load riding mowers into the bed of our truck that could accomodate bigger mower decks. Up to that point, anything with over a 42" deck resulted in a trailer. Also, standard ramps are not durable, and often times snag mower decks when loading. All of these added together, with safety and ease of use added, led us to the Zip Ramp design. After 6 years of daily use, we decided to expand our business by offering this unique and innovative ramp for sale. If this ramp can help our business, surely it can help yours!