Ramrod Customer Testimonials
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Do not know if you can ever use this idea in marketing or not, but it seems to be working for us. I only work on Saturdays and we have just used it two days, but so far so good. We first called the guys who made the catalytic converter to see if they would be concerned by back pressure from covering exhaust and they did not see a problem, since our exhaust is larger in diameter than tail pipe and relatively short.
We started with buying rubber garage exhaust hose so we could start the machine indoors. We simply slipped it over the tail pipe – it is 3″ and bigger than exhaust pipe from machine, but could only leave it on a minute or so before it started to melt. However this allowed us to start machine indoors and then pull it outside to warm up. Unfortunately running the machine in the basement, even with windows open, set off Carbon Monoxide detectors very quickly.
We considered a number of options but finally made the flange you can just make out in the pictures. It has a larger inside diameter than exhaust (3 1/2″) so there is air space around the exhaust. The pipe part of the flange we purchased from a local truck parts dealer who sold us the rest of exhaust components that we just bolt onto the flange. The flexible section is metal exhaust pipe. We slip our rubber garage exhaust in the end of the metal pipe and run it out a window.
We stapled a vapor barrier under ceiling joists and taped joints so there is less chance of gas going upstairs. We also use positive pressure ventilation with a fan (one designed for firemen removing smoke in buildings) blowing air into one end of the basement and a window at the other end allowing the air to escape.
We have run this setup two days now, each for about 5 hours. We have not set-off any detectors and my friend and I have had no breathing problems. I am an asthmatic and use a fresh air supplied respirator but my friend is the canary! He does not want to wear a mask but has experienced no problems and feels very comfortable working.It will be a long process because I do not have much time to spend at it, but using the backhoe attachment sure beats digging by hand.The only problem is the noise. The Ramrod is quiet compared to the exhaust fan. Obviously ear muffs are a must and next we are going to play around with throat microphones and two-way radios for communication.
Having the Ramrod almost makes the job fun. I say almost because one of us runs the backhoe and dumps into a wheelbarrow for the other to wheel out. We take turns running the backhoe. I cannot justify a conveyor for the job but it would be nice, or maybe a second Ramrod taking the material outside!
Harry S. Glube
Dear Ramrod Equipment
I would like to offer my impression of your Ramrod compact utility loader. I
own a full sized skid steer loader but I prefer my Ramrod compact utility loader
for most tasks which call for a skid steer. I like the fact that I can jump on my
Ramrod and go and jump off when I need to perform another function without
having to open a door and climb out. I also appreciate the 360 degree visibility
I have with the Ramrod that I don’t with my conventional skid steer loader.
Given the variable climate that I work in I appreciate the fact that my Ramrod
starts easily and runs without issue in very inclement weather (sometimes -30
degrees). I am in the Apiary (beekeeping) business and as such I use my Ramrod
to move bees during the warm seasons and snow in the winter. I move pallets
of honey around my property and I load honey barrels into semi trailers for shipping,
all with my trusty Ramrod. I move honey barrels with my Ramrod using a
customized quick attach barrel attachment. My Ramrod has been virtually
maintenance free and extremely reliable since the day I got it. I would have to say
that a ½ hour manual labor job is a 15 second job with my Ramrod.
Homestead Honey Farms
July 22, 2009
I use my Ramrod daily to dig dirt, gravel and sand, haul material and drill post and pile holes. I have owned other compact utility loaders in the past but none had the downward pressure that Ramrod supplied when drilling holes. The competition relies on the auger to do the work when downward pressure makes the job easier and faster. I believe I can complete tasks with my Ramrod in 66% less time than it would take had I used a comparable compact utility loader. My Ramrod has paid for itself time and time again. Since using the Ramrod I require fewer employees and therefore have less employee issues (wages, sick days, injuries, insurance etc.). When working in areas with completed landscaping, I don’t have to worry any longer about excessive turf damage due to my machinery, because the Ramrod does not cause the damage that a full sized skid steer would. My Ramrod has been repair free with the exception of regularly scheduled maintenance. Keep up the good work.
I’m taking this time to write in and share my opinion and experiences with my 950 Ramrod. After 20 years of serving with the Canadian forces as an electrical and mechanical engineer, specializing in weapons systems I’m confident in my opinion of tough and well built machines. When in the process of purchasing a mini skid my research put Ramrod on top of its competition in many ways, lift capacity, auxiliary hydraulic flow rate and a great selection of machine variations, wheels or tracks, diesel or gas.
A close look inside the machine impressed me even more. Its driveline and hydraulic systems were not overly sophisticated, but easy to understand and well engineered, meaning that general user maintenance is simplistic, minimal and takes no time, and in the unlikely event something should go wrong, repairs would be easy, even for those with basic mechanical aptitude. I can strip the entire driveline out of it, do a detailed cleaning and inspection, reassemble and set up in just over two hours.
I offer two services with my Ramrod, post hole drilling for the do it yourself deck and fence builders and urban stump removal. Business is good and my ramrod has never failed me. Working in tight areas the 360 deg visibility is critical; its small size gives me the ability to get through gates and into tight areas. Anybody who has ever drilled holes in the ground knows you need good down pressure and as much lift capacity as possible, this machine offers plenty of both. My ramrod has impressed me time and time again. I have never hit ground that I could not drill a hole in. I recently had a request for 32 inch holes to a depth of 5 feet. I took the job but was worried, the ground was damp clay with tree roots to deal with and to my surprise this mighty little machine did it. This is a job that should have been done by a machine three times its size.
Urban stump removal has proven to be very lucrative, and my ramrod has given me an edge. Maximum power on a machine that can get into backyards, grind the stumps out and is easy on lawns. My only competitors in my area have full size skid steers; I have successfully cornered a market with my Ramrod.
Overall I love this machine! It’s tough, reliable and fun to operate.
All this manufactured by our fellow Canadians…. Well Done!
Todd Morrison, T MO Drilling and Stump Removal, Ontario Canada