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Application of Yard Ramps

We are sometimes asked about the traction when using yard ramps for loading docks outside in the elements. Bluff Manufacturing uses a serrated grating in combination with a diamond deck steel plate. Both surfaces offer a bite for the fork truck drive wheel and as long as the driver is competent most operations can continue … Continue reading Application of Yard Ramps

You Get What You Pay For with Yard Ramps

We at Bluff Manufacturing are seeing more and more of this design ramp and are being asked “What happened?” Most of the time the answer is “You saved 10 – 15%”. If you are putting a human life and $30k to $100k worth of truck and product on cheap loading ramp, you have made a … Continue reading You Get What You Pay For with Yard Ramps

Buying decisions are made for one of five reasons…Reason #5 Service

In looking back at the other four articles in this series, I need to point out that these are not numbered in order of importance.  The statement is; when you or anyone else chooses one product or service over another it will be for one or more of these reasons.  Because price is  listed first, it does … Continue reading Buying decisions are made for one of five reasons…Reason #5 Service

Constructing a Site for Portable Steel Railboard Use

Portable steel railboards (rail boards) are a great solution to bridging the gap between railcars of all types and loading docks.  Bluff Manufacturing has been manufacturing railboards for these applications for decades and it seems that no two rail sites are alike.  Due to that fact, every railboard built is a custom fabrication for a specific … Continue reading Constructing a Site for Portable Steel Railboard Use

Steel vs. Aluminum Dock Boards – you make the call

As the Plant Manager for Bluff Manufacturing, I often find myself looking over our products staged for shipping to our customers and thinking to myself,Why would someone order that product?  This question always comes to mind with respect to large aluminum dock boards, AC and BC products. Example:  a few weeks ago a customer ordered … Continue reading Steel vs. Aluminum Dock Boards – you make the call

Buying decisions are made for one of five reasons…Reason #4 Technology

Sometimes we get lucky and there is a glaring difference in the features of our product, one that sets it apart. If we are really lucky it is one for which the customer feels justified in spending more. This is the part of the job that demonstrates either our professionalism or that we are just … Continue reading Buying decisions are made for one of five reasons…Reason #4 Technology

Things to Know About Yard Ramps – Part II

The ground to dock application seems, at first, to be pretty straight forward.  There are a couple of “gotch-ya’s” to consider. The lie of the land in front of the dock can make for tricky math as it slopes one way or the other from the dock.  A laser level can be handy in doing … Continue reading Things to Know About Yard Ramps – Part II

Things to Know about Yard Ramps – Part I

When I was a dealer (material handling heavy into casters) I had not read the catalog explanation about yard ramps prior to quoting my first one.  That is a mistake you have all made about some product.  Admit it.  I was able to salvage my credibility and the sale by some quick thinking on my … Continue reading Things to Know about Yard Ramps – Part I