Ramps vs lifts the great debate!

Last Updated on June 1, 2023 by Vlad Stoikovich

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 that 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!

Ramps Vs Lifts

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Generally, lifts are more expensive than ramps due to their complex mechanisms. However, the additional cost may be worthwhile if you often need to load or unload heavy items.

This can depend on the items being moved. For heavier items, a lift can be faster as it requires less manual effort. For lighter items, a ramp can be quicker as it doesn’t require the same setup and operation time as a lift.

Lifts can be safer for heavier items, as they minimize the need for manual lifting and reduce the risk of dropping items. However, proper training is necessary to use a lift gate safely.

Not all trucks are designed to accommodate lift gates. When choosing a moving truck, consider whether a lift is necessary for your needs.

While ramps can accommodate a certain amount of weight, there are limits. Trying to move an item that’s too heavy can damage the ramp or cause a safety risk.

While lifts are not overly complex, some training is necessary to operate them safely and efficiently. Improper use can lead to damage or injury.

Yes, lifts usually require more maintenance due to their mechanical and electrical components. Ramps, on the other hand, require minimal maintenance beyond keeping them clean and ensuring they’re securely attached.

Lift gates can move heavier loads than ramps and require less physical effort, which can help to reduce the risk of injury. They also allow for precise control when loading and unloading.

Ramps are typically easy to use and don’t require much training. They are good for lightweight or medium-weight items, can be used without electricity, and are typically cheaper than lift gates.

This can depend on the specific situation. If you’re moving primarily lighter items, a ramp may suffice. If you have heavy items like appliances or large furniture, a lift could be beneficial. Consider the items you’re moving and the manpower you have available when making your decision.

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