Link Improves Loading Ramp with Pull-Style Spring-Assist


Link Mfg., Ltd. recently announced the introduction of its newly redesigned LB20 family of ramps. One of 9 models of the LB20 was on display to the industry for the first time during NTEA Work Truck Week 2024, March 5–8.

Link’s family of LB20 ramps has been reengineered to significantly improve installation time, operational functionality and the end-user experience.

Seven of the 9 ramps now each feature 2 pull-style, gas-spring-assist lifting mechanisms. The gas-spring devices are lighter weight, leading primarily to the ramps’ 11 kg weight savings and providing greater lift assistance, meaning less exertion and lifting force required by users.

“With their new gas-spring-assist feature, Link’s LB20 ramps are now even easier to deploy and stow, making them ideal for vehicles that use their ramps with greater frequency,” said Lynn Blake, senior account manager for Link Mfg. “And with older individuals and women making up an ever-increasing percentage of the workforce, the reduced lifting effort and increased ease of use will be greatly appreciated.”

Fitted with their slimmer gas springs, the reengineered LB20s provide significantly greater clearance and less interference with steps and with both standard and extended bumpers. The ramps now feature a lower-profile transition threshold at their top, making it easier and smoother for dollies and other wheeled equipment to enter and exit the vehicle. When stowed, the ramps have a narrow, less than 8-inch silhouette, providing 34% more valuable room in the cargo area.

“When in their upright, vertical folded position, the redesigned ramps now take up less than 200 mm of horizontal space just inside the door,” added Ms. Blake. “Now our ramps can be mounted even closer to the doors and can be quickly accessed, opened and then closed again and out of the way in seconds. And unlike hydraulic liftgates and small electric cranes, Link ramps require no training to operate, enabling workers to start using them immediately after installation.”

The LB20’s new base plate has also been reduced to 280 mm in depth and now features a larger mounting pattern to accommodate more mounting holes and fastener sizes, making installation even easier for upfitters. Link LB20 ramps will now have consolidated part numbers and will ship fully assembled with attached base plate, wheels and gas springs on the applicable seven models. Customers will continue to experience the industry-best lead times with fully assembled LB20 ramp units. Link is also happy to drop ship ramps on a just-in-time basis through a Link-certified dealer.

Link ramps are designed to meet a wide variety of uses, with dimensions ranging from 61 to 120 cm in width, comfortably accommodating standard hand trucks and other cargo conveyance and wheeled equipment. Link’s bifold ramp lengths vary from 1.8 to 3.4 m, and extended LT30 ramp models reach 3 m and feature adjustable support mechanisms for added stability.

A version of the LB20 ramp is also available, catering to an array of applications. The 107-cm-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.

LB20 ramps are and have always been designed for reliability and durability, using extruded high-strength aluminum. The extensive line of 9 sizes provides an option for virtually any application.

“Link ramps are designed to be so robust, our upfitter customers tell us that they often outlast more than one vehicle,” declared Lynn Blake. “Whereas liftgates and cranes can drain vehicle batteries, they also require significantly more maintenance and cost between 2 and 4 times more to purchase and install than a ramp, making ramps far more practical.”

Link LB20 ramps will be commercially available in Q2 of 2024. The new ramps will ship in the form of a fully assembled unit and can be ordered through Link’s network of ramp dealers.

Source: Link Mfg., Ltd.

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