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Tim Hite

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Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:12:06 pm »

I ordered some low-cost two-channel cable ramp off the Ebay. They are still gassing off lord knows what on my front porch. Hopefully another couple days of desert heat will fix that. Certainly got a good price at $25/section, and they seem reasonably well built, although the sections don't lock together as well as I'd like.

Any issues with using these over the $100/section ramp?

Is there a good spot to get a better price on the good stuff?

I searched this forum but didn't see anything. . .
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 12:58:08 pm »

I ordered some low-cost two-channel cable ramp off the Ebay. They are still gassing off lord knows what on my front porch. Hopefully another couple days of desert heat will fix that.
We bought some years ago.  It has probably been 7 years, and they are STILL gassing "something".

Imagine working in that place-------
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 03:11:05 pm »

I bought 60' of the Pyle black and yellow versions.  Yep... gassy... would love to been able o get checkers but dang that stuff is costly...
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 04:15:12 pm »

... but depending on the market, they can pay for themselves in a season. Mine go for $12 to $17/each/day, and $25ish for a week- ten rentals and they're paid for.

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 09:14:23 pm »

... but depending on the market, they can pay for themselves in a season. Mine go for $12 to $17/each/day, and $25ish for a week- ten rentals and they're paid for.

-Ray

Are you tacking the ramp rental onto your quote for a system package?

How do you justify to client?

I just did two gigs for a township out here and when I asked for their cable ramps the response was "that's provided by you". Had to send a runner to the big orange store to get 100' of runner to secure run out to FOH.

I feel like it's going to be tough to add $500 onto a $2k quote even if it is safety related.
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2017, 09:41:30 pm »

Perhaps list cable ramps as a separate line item and put the onus on the client to affirmatively say no, we will not pay for ramps?  I might still opt to use some ramps anyway, just for CYA purposes, even if I'm not getting paid (much or anything) for the ramps. Dry hire is a different story, of course.
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 01:26:10 am »

I upped my day rate and made mention of up to 60 feet of cable cover protection to enhance safety/ reduce liability.
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 09:33:52 am »

We bought some years ago.  It has probably been 7 years, and they are STILL gassing "something".

Imagine working in that place-------

They stink like old school magic marker!!!  I have the 2 channel, they squish a bit with something heavy is going over them but OK for the random car that wandered into somewhere it maybe shouldn't be, golf carts/Kubota/Gator side-by-sides and humans.  They've paid for themselves many times over as a line item in my small world.  If the job requires something more serious then I rent legit.
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2017, 12:14:02 pm »

They stink like old school magic marker!!! . . .If the job requires something more serious then I rent legit.
The ones I received smell like bad karma and whatever's left over after you're done making asphalt. . .probably each one is worth a cap and trade credit.

I scrubbed one down with Purple Power and left it in the sun all day and that got rid of the worst of the smell, though.

BTW, cheapest price I found on the Checkers stuff is Amazon with free 2-day shipping. Go figure. Comes out about 20% cheaper than my local exclusive distributor and Amazon stocks the stuff.
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Re: Cheap Chinese Cable Ramps
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 12:49:24 pm »

BTW, cheapest price I found on the Checkers stuff is Amazon with free 2-day shipping. Go figure. Comes out about 20% cheaper than my local exclusive distributor and Amazon stocks the stuff.
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.

Are you tacking the ramp rental onto your quote for a system package?
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).

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.

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.

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