Ramps vs lifts the great debate!

December 12th, 2016

Regularly customers ask us if we have a tailgate lift fitted on our trucks. While some of our fleet have tailgates not all of them do, mainly because they aren’t always the best thing for the job. There are advantages and disadvantages to using a hydraulic lift and this article will explore just a few.

A tailgate is great for getting big heavy items onto the truck with less hassle and strain. However, it can make the day move a little more slowly as the movers have to wait for it to go up down each time they need to use it. A ramp does have a speed advantage over the lift if your movers are fit, strong and well equipped. The ramp will actually be faster when moving boxes on and off the truck. It doesn’t look as fancy but it does save time, so if you’re confident in your movers ability the ramp is generally going to be the faster option, which will save you both time and money.

The downside to using a ramp is that you have to have enough space to put it out behind the truck and you have to be careful when manoeuvring on the ramp. Less experienced movers can be slowed down by a ramp especially if they don’t have a great level of fitness. This is why well trained quality removalists are important, the last thing you want to see on move day is your precious belongings tumbling off the edge of the ramp.

Whilst the lift look great and are really helpful in certain circumstances they can also result in standing around which will cost you more money. Here at HomeMove we make sure that we have all of the information we require to send you the correct vehicle on the day. This can mean checking google street view to see if there would be room for a ramp or making sure that there is a hydraulic lift on the job because of some extra heavy items.

Neither is necessarily better and both ramps and lifts have their advantages, it’s more important to make sure you’re using a reputable company who will take the time to understand your needs. This way come move day you’ll get the right team, with the right equipment to get the job done!

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