Link Mfg. announced the introduction of its versatile new LB20-42-108SA spring-assist ramp.
The new 42-in.-wide ramp fits neatly between the company’s current 36- and 47-in. offerings, giving users more ramp width, without blocking door access when mounted to one side and folded to its upright, storage position.
“Our new 42-in.-wide ramp is perfect for fleets and vehicles serving the last-mile delivery segment, that don’t have to deploy ramps at every stop, because it leaves enough room for door entrance and egress without being unfolded,” says Lynn Blake, national account manager of cargo management products, Link Manufacturing.
“When deployed, the ramp has ample width to meet the needs of a variety of cargo conveyance devices, and we’ve had customers use everything from hand-operated dollies to semi-autonomous military robots on our ramps,” Blake says.
The 42-in.-wide, 108-in.-long folding aluminum ramp features a steel deck mounting plate and has a capacity rating of 1,250 lb. The ramp can be used on vehicles with deck heights ranging from 20 to 48 in. and door heights exceeding a minimum of 60 in.
Link says its new ramp is well-suited for cargo vans. It fits Ford Transit cargo vans with medium and high roof configurations, and NISSAN NV, Dodge Ram ProMaster and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cargo vans with high roof configurations.
The ramp comes standard with Link’s spring assist and wheel kit. The spring-assist makes deploying and retracting the ramp simple, requiring only about 50 lb. of force to be exerted for either operation. The ramps wheel kit helps transition the ramp more smoothly when deploying it on a wide variety of surface angles and materials, the company says.
“All Link folding ramps are so easy and simple to use, even novice workers can be up and running in no time,” Blake says. “They’re also lightning-fast to operate and can be unfolded and folded back into their vertical, low-profile storage position in less than 10 seconds.”
By stowing vertically inside the vehicle’s cargo hold, the ramps are not exposed to the weather or road debris and they remain clean and dry prior to use. After use, and once in its vertical position again, any moisture or residue left on the ramp can be easily brushed or wiped away.
“When in its upright and closed position, the ramps take up less than 12 in. of horizontal space in the area just inside the door, that is generally unusable anyway,” Blake says. “Also, unlike liftgates that are slow and laborious to deploy, a Link ramp can be opened and in use within seconds and can be stowed just as quickly.”
Link Manufacturing has been producing aluminum ramps in North America for more than two decades and specializes in manufacturing ramps for light and medium duty vehicles with a floor height of 48 in. or less for Class 2 through Class 7 vehicles. The ramps are engineered to serve a variety of vehicle types, including cargo vans, step vans, cutaway vans, box trucks, and straight trucks.
Link’s portable aluminum ramps are available for both lightweight and heavy-duty applications, featuring either folding or straight designs. The range of portable ramps provides users with safe, durable and economical solutions for their cargo loading and handling needs, the company says.
“Their ease-of-use makes Link ramps perfect for older and female personnel who continue to make up more and more of the nation’s workforce,” Blake says. “Their lightweight, engineered aluminum construction makes them structurally sturdy, but easy to handle.”
Link ramps are available in the form of an aftermarket kit, which is now available.