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Old 05-06-2015, 04:05 PM
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Hello all. I just realized my last time on the forum was November. My apologies for not being a more active member. My small property isn't getting much attention either lol. Anyways the building where I keep pontoon and riding mower can flood. Had a scare a few weeks ago. The second floor to the barn has a 8 ft wide 6 ft high sliding door. Thinking of keeping rider on second floor. An earthen ramp might collapse wall so that's out. What about a 24 foot long ramp that's 6 to 8 ft wide? It has to rise 6 foot. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:06 PM
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A thought that might be useful...

How about a winch on a swinging arm.... A riding lawn tractor isn't that heavy compared to a lot of things... A couple straps to sling the tractor with..

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Old 05-06-2015, 06:32 PM
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It may be problematic at the barn end, depending on exactly how the door fits the opening, and whether or not a ramp will interfere.

I see no reason why it couldn't work as long as it's constructed in a safe stable manner using materials that will last long term

There a lots of ways to build such a ramp.

Keep in mind it might be slippery when wet, and it will have to support any snow loads for your region as well as the mower/rider combined weight

I wouldn't trust a winch unless it was on an extended rail set up, and you had a platform to carry the mower rather than rigging straps each time.

A winch would save you from wasting a lot of space used by the ramp, but would only be safe if it was fairly large and you have a power supply
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:16 PM
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Have you considered building a retaining wall 6-8' away from the barn in line with the door, then building a ramp up to the retaining wall? From the retaining wall you would bridge over to the door. Depending on how much room you might need for a passage under the bridge, it could be as narrow as one foot, but I'd make it large enough to drive the lawn tractor under at a minimum.

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Old 05-07-2015, 12:38 PM
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The winch idea is interesting. Probably a little tough for weekly use though. I don't live there yet so mower and hopefully a side by side would live there year round.

The ramp would probably secured to a header board lagged to side of barn.

I do kind of like the idea of an earthen ramp and bridge.
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