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Veteran Thorworld mobile yardramp retires

The very first mobile yardramp produced by Thorworld Industries Ltd has been ‘retired’ by Claymore Grass Machinery, after 15 years of continuing reliable service,

It was two years old when it was purchased second hand in 1988 by the Bidford-on-Avon importers and distributors of outdoor power equipment to the garden machinery industry.

The veteran ramp has now been replaced by one of the latest Thorworld models, a 10,000 kg capacity Type 6 version.

Claymore use a 1.8 tonne electric fork lift to drive up and down the ramp to unload imported garden tractors from the USA, compact tractors from Japan and other bulky items arriving in containers.

The ramp is conveniently located between the company’s two warehouses, neither of which have a suitable loading bay or dock.

“As the original ramp gave us no problems at all during the 15 years we had it, we had no hesitation in replacing it with the latest Thorworld model” said Claymore Grass Machinery’s logistics controller, Simon Huxley.

The new ramp has an overall length of 12.2m and an overall width of 2.40m (usable width of 2.25m), with side curbs and high side rails for added safety.

Strongly built using the latest solid beam techniques, and available with a choice of an aluminium or steel superstructure, it has a serrated open grid deck for positive traction in all weather conditions.

A hand operated hydraulically pump raises it to the required height, and it comes with a built-in tow bar allowing it to be easily and quickly moved around by forklift truck.

Loading bay equipment manufacturer Thorworld Industries launched its specialist RentARamp operation in 1986. It is now firmly established as the UK market leader in the manufacture and supply of quality mobile yardramps.

Ramps are available for outright purchase, or hire – on a sale or return basis – over short, medium or long-term periods, from only £35 per week. If a ramp is eventually purchased an allowance is then made against the rental already paid.

“That the very first mobile ramp we made has been in regular use for 17 years without any problems, goes to show the outstanding quality of our design and manufacturing methods,” said Thorworld managing director, John Meale.

The company has bought back the yard ramp from Claymore and intends to restore it to original condition and put it on display at its Chesterfield headquarters.

As well as its yardramps, Thorworld, specialises in the supply of a wide range of loading and unloading equipment and loading bay accessories, such as dock shelters & seals, dock levellers, dock plates & boards, dock & vehicle bumpers, modular loading docks, Truckloada mobile yardlifts, hand & powered pallet trucks, counterbalanced container lift trucks, a pedestrian operated trailer mowing system, and a choice of walk, fixed and wheelchair access ramps, together with a comprehensive selection of safety and protection accessories, to help ensure safe, efficient, profitable working and the protection of vehicles, plant and personnel.

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