Calculating How Much Weight Aluminum Ramps Can Hold

Knowing how much weight an aluminum ramp can hold is vital when choosing a ramp. It's not uncommon for people to select a cheap ramp assembly only to discover that it won't be safe to use with an occupied wheelchair. Here's what you should know about ramps and weight limits.

Portable Ramps

If you are considering a portable ramp, you need to check the weight specifications closely. Many portable ramps don't have the weight-bearing axles required for an occupied wheelchair. It's not uncommon to find a portable ramp that only accommodate up to 25 lbs. These are designed for transporting a wheelchair only, no passenger.

You want to be sure that the portable ramp you choose has a weight bearing axle, support bars and steel pins. The ramps that are designed with these elements can generally bear a load up to 300 lbs.

Solid Ramps

Solid ramps should also be made with weight-bearing axles. As a general rule of thumb, most pre-assembled ramps are made to handle 300 lbs. per axle. A ramp that is made with aluminum will require support built underneath the ramp itself to accommodate heavy weight. 

It's important to remember that the wheelchair itself will have some bulk to it. Motorized chairs and other specialty chairs can weigh as much as 200 lbs. Be sure you are choosing the right ramp for your weight requirements to avoid any accidents.