Originally Posted by Davydd
Have you checked the price of wood at Home Depot lately?
You need three 8 ft. 2 x 12 southern yellow pine at $18.48 each to creat two 6” lift ramps. That’s roughly $55 vs $42 for the Harbor Freight ramps and why I said what I said. With that I could not get pine but had to settle for more expensive Douglas Fir that cost me about $60 because that was their only 2 x 12s and there were no culls to be had.
Of course I pass by a company that stacks up their wood pallets and crates offering them to passerbys as free lumber. Piles of them every week. I could use those mostly 1 x but the nails and screws might exceed the price of those Harbor Freight ramps.
I'm not sure who you're replying to, & I do agree that the HF ramps are a good deal, plus HF is always putting stuff on sale for even less, as does Northern Tool for similar items that are NT branded. Just sign up for HF's & NT's emails online, & usually they have a free shipping offer somewhere for a certain minimum order - so maybe get the floor jack or jack stands or whatever else they sell which need to get free shipping (& avoid lugging stuff to the car).
But in my post above I was suggesting you & others could swing by your local home, townhome, condo & apartment construction sites & collect FREE scrap lumber
. If one asks the Superintendents nicely, then they're usually happy to let folks take smaller scrap lumber 4x6 - 4x12 pieces, which saves the General Contractor, Framing Contractor, & owner/builder the cost of removal & disposal - or at least lessens it.
My Dad had a small building company in IN who loved to let folks lessen his disposal costs - as do most of the builders out here in SoCal with whom I've worked since 1966.
So folks shouldn't be reluctant to ask for free scrap lumber!
However, it's understandable if you don't want the cost, time or work to build anything, & just want get the ramps. As I said, I have both types - 2x homebuilt & store bought (NT) ramps - but then I'm messing with 3 classic cars & 2 vintage trailers.
Also - everything is abnormally high priced right now due to COVID effects - both store goods like these & lumber & other building materials, vehicles, trailers & RVs, etc.
So if anything is too high priced for folks right now - hopefully prices will go back to more normalish in a few more months into 2022. Lumber prices have already started to normalize a bit in the last 30-60 days - especially Canadian Lumber sources.
And yes, I've been dealing with rising lumber prices for construction projects for 3-5+ years now, & the past 1.5+ months of COVID induced spike has only driven it higher - as well as some tariffs combined with overseas demand for at least 5 years or longer driving up prices too.
Good Luck with whatever works best for you.