Scorpion Ramp, Inc. ramps are all constructed and designed from the original Scorpion Portable Bridge patent.

How Scorpion Ramp was Born

 

After dumping my motorcycle from the bed of my pickup onto the gravel driveway, I struggled with the thought of having to buy a $500 ladder marketed as a "ramp", I didn't find a suitable product on the market.

I went to unload the motorcycle by myself with the standard 2' x 10'.  I had done this maneuver many times, once is all it takes to realize how unsafe and expensive it can be when things go wrong. Carrying rampMy architectural background had me greatly disappointed with what was available. I made a decision: I would design a superior product that would have a variety of uses. So my winter began.

Numerous quarter scale prototypes were produced. In the beginning they were made out of paper and held over 5 pounds. I eventually hand made a 1/32" thick ramp made from rolled aluminum, two feet long, nine inches wide that folded into a 9" x 9" x 2" unit and fit into a briefcase.

scorpion rampI went to an excellent structural engineer that I had worked with in the past to help in producing calculations for the design. I explained what I had in mind: A ten foot long, three foot wide ramp with no welded hinges; platform -not ladder- style, weighing less than eighty pounds with double the capacity of other loading ramps on the market.

I was met with bad news at the next meeting with the engineer, "It will not work" was the response, with a hefty engineering fee to go with it.

Knowing the engineer was wrong, I made a bet: If I could prove that it could work, they would waive the bill, otherwise I would pay the bill immediately. They accepted the bet.

I pulled the two pound aluminum ramp from my briefcase, set it up on a stair tread and stood on it, myself being an even 200 pounds.  The engineer wadded up the bill and threw it at me. He examined the prototype and said it was amazing.

The company name was derived from the words I found myself using in describing it folding up 'like a scorpion's tail'.

-S.G.


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