Creative Operator Unloads His Tractor From a Dump Truck without Ramps!


Did you know that it’s possible to get an excavator off of a truck without the use of ramps or any other equipment? This shows you just how it’s done. You’ll notice that the process is fairly simple, but there’s also the potential for things to go wrong. It looks like the operator of this Kubota excavator has done this before because he knows exactly what to do and is smooth in his movements. Even so, though, one wrong move could lead to a big fall and a painful jolt from the impact with the ground.


What Ramp Would You Need?

The typical way to accomplish this task would be to use ramps. This piece of machinery has an operating weight of just over 12,000 pounds and the dump truck bed is quite high up, so this unloading job would require some heavy-duty ramps that are also long enough. The best option would probably be a steel yard ramp with a 16,000-pound capacity, which is a common capacity for these ramps. A ramp like this costs thousands of dollars, so you can see why people devise unconventional ways to unload heavy machinery from trucks.


A yard ramp is a good investment, though, if you use it often. Instead of manually putting ramps into place, you can just wheel one of these things right up to the truck bed and raise the height up to where it needs to be. A standard 16,000-pound ramp would have these specs or close to it:

  • 30 feet long by 70 inches wide
  • 18-inch solid rubber tires
  • Hydraulic pump to raise and lower the ramp
  • Minimum height of 40 inches and maximum of 70 inches
  • Lip length of 15 inches
  • Made of heavy-duty steel
  • Weight of around 4,000 pounds

The Importance of Hydraulics in Heavy Machines

Excavators really are amazing pieces of machinery. One of the main reasons they are so useful is because they utilize hydraulics to perform a variety of movements. A hydraulic motor is able to create torque and rotation through pressure, while hydraulic cylinders are made up of barrels, pistons, and rods and powered by pressurized hydraulic fluid. Of course, it’s not as simple as just a barrel, piston, and rod, as a hydraulic cylinder has several other parts to make it function. These parts include pivot pins, seals, butt plates, head glands, ports and fittings, cushions, and more. Without hydraulics, the guy wouldn’t be able to unload the excavator from the truck successfully.

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