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post #1 of 19 Old 02-10-2017, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Loading Blower Into Pickup

I'm looking for ways to transport my 300" blower by myself with my 1/2 ton pickup.

I've considered a hitch mounted cargo carrier but I'm not thrilled with the idea of having the heavy machine bouncing around on it.

I've considered a few different trailers but then I have to store it as well as register it and have it inspected.

I've considered a hitch mounted crane and it sounds cool but may be overkill.

Lastly, folding loading ramps. These were always my last option because I felt they were the most unsafe option to whoever is loading the machine, especially when it's icy.

Do you have to walk the blower up the ramp backwards in order to keep the engine level or can you drive forward up the ramps?

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I already have a trailer and don't have to register it where I live, but I would go with the ramps.

I do some small engine repair on the side and before I had a trailer, I had to load everything into my Dodge Dakota.

What I used, was a set of 10' 2X8 planks. It was tricky at times but I managed to live through it all.

That being said, a set of folding aluminum ramps should have good traction and I wouldn't worry about keeping the engine level for the short drive up the ramps.

That's my opinion!

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Is that a 300 inch blower?? Or 300 pound blower?? Would make a difference on the cargo carrier anyway. I'm in the ramp category. I use the wooden 10' ramps. I attach cleats to the top with deck screw if it's cold and icy for an extended time. I use them 5-10 times a day for transporting. I drive everything up them....1/2 throttle and first or second gear. Except 4-wheelers. I get a running start, 5th gear, full throttle, because i need to drive over the tire wells. Good brake test also. No damage or busted ego........ Yet. GLuck, Jay
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I used this, worked well. My truck sits high and has a cap.
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Has chains to tie off so it doesn't pull of the tailgate.


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I like that HF ramp. In the past I've used car loading ramps, also 2x12 that I had stapled a cross hatched metal mesh like what they used for plastering but heavier for traction.
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Get yourself a set of CargoSmart Hybrid S-Curve Ramps. They're light, strong, fold out and hook up very easily plus they have excellent traction for walking on as well. I used them several times, first when I purchased the Ariens 926LE to bring it home, even the seller was impressed by them, and a few days later after a storm going around to various friends and family to help dig out. They were simply fantastic to load and unload plus setup and take down was a breeze, can't recommend them enough!

CargoSmart 12 in. W x 90 in. L Hybrid S-Curve Centerfold Loading Ramp 750 lb.(1-Pack)-3086 - The Home Depot


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I have a set of the HF ramps that have 2 sets of hinge point in them (3 sections). One thing that worried me was the ramps slipping while loading a heavy blower so I enlarged 2 of the elongated holes on each to 1/2". I go some 1/2" threaded rod, put a nut on each end and drilled a hole for a snap pin. Set up the ramps, slip both rods between both sections and slip in the pins. I extended the chains to hook to the length needed to hook up to the cargo hooks in the box. It's solid and won't move when loading or unloading a blower.


I back the blower up into the truck. One downside of these ramps is that the ramps have horizontal slots in them and they can catch on the tire chains if your blower happens to have them on.


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My buddy has been wanting me to try out his ramps before I do anything. He just brought them over and I'm impressed as they work very well. It's been a snowy, sleety, freezing rain type of morning so everything was a bit slippery so it was the perfect test session.

I was able to walk the blower up and down without a problem using his ramps. I had no problem walking aup and down the ramps. I'm very impressed and will most likely purchase the same set.

The are oxlite ramps.

Loading Ramp Trifolds

I don't know what exact size he brought over but it's one of these trifold ones.

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Get yourself a set of CargoSmart Hybrid S-Curve Ramps. They're light, strong, fold out and hook up very easily plus they have excellent traction for walking on as well. I used them several times, first when I purchased the Ariens 926LE to bring it home, even the seller was impressed by them, and a few days later after a storm going around to various friends and family to help dig out. They were simply fantastic to load and unload plus setup and take down was a breeze, can't recommend them enough!

CargoSmart 12 in. W x 90 in. L Hybrid S-Curve Centerfold Loading Ramp 750 lb.(1-Pack)-3086 - The Home Depot

What keeps the ramps from slipping off the tailgate when loading?
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