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Tim Hite

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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2017, 05:31:32 pm »

The pricing I just saw was about 20% *more* than what I've been paying when I order them (through a local reseller) from Checkers. And when you order them directly from Checkers, you have the ability to custom-logo or custom-color the lid.

Mole-Richardson is my area's exclusive distributor. Checkers won't sell direct and won't make me a dealer. Live near Hollywood, pay Hollywood prices.

Typically ramps are being added to electrical services order. I.e. if you're ordering our generator with our production (and I include five cable ramps for free with it), you probably need extra cable ramps with it (since 15 feet probably won't be enough).

Further proof that I am in the wrong end of this business.

We generally only suggest cable ramps when the FOH/power runs are either likely to be driven over, or on concrete. Cable runs in grass typically aren't covered, unless it's in a high foot traffic area.


Makes me feel better about using a runner for these last two shows on a baseball outfield.

That all being said, cable ramps are also something that I use as a freebie to secure a show. "Oh, price is a bit high? Let me comp these 20 cable ramps for you." Client feels happy they got safety for free, and it gets the show. Cable ramps and DJ gear are two things I use in that manner- I always prefer to get paid for those rentals, but I'm also willing to give them for free to demonstrate added value of our production services.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

-Ray

That's kind of where I'm at, hence the cheaper ramps. I'm staying the course of selling added value instead of discounting my services. It seems to be there right thing to do.

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Ray Aberle

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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 07:24:29 pm »

When I get back home (I was FORCED to go on a cruise to Alaska this week... and provide audio... free cabin... getting paid... what a bad life!), I'll check with my Checkers dealer to see what their current pricing is.

(I still have a quote from something like 2008 when they WOULD sell direct- the quote was for something like $90 per section. WOW! Now they moved to the dealer model, and prices went up.)

-Ray
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Brian Jojade

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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2017, 03:03:15 pm »

I upped my day rate and made mention of up to 60 feet of cable cover protection to enhance safety/ reduce liability.

This makes sense.  Include the basic ramps that most jobs would need.  If the event has needs above and beyond that, then you can charge accordingly.
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2017, 01:19:02 pm »

local company uses these in grass

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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2017, 01:26:29 pm »

What is the material ? 
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2017, 02:23:30 pm »

What is the material ?

I'm not sure. Looks like drainage pipe. I think I'd cut it in thirds so it would lay flatter.
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2017, 03:33:50 pm »

What is the material ?

Looks like schedule 40 PVC conduit
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Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2017, 07:57:05 pm »

When people refer to the "gassing-out" of some of these products, are they the rubber versions or polyurethane version?
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2017, 05:00:43 pm »

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