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Ranch Hand BTD031BLR Legend Bullnose Front Bumper 2003-2005 Dodge Ram 2500-3500

Ranch Hand Front Bumper: Quality vs Cost

If you’d been at SEMA 2018, you would have seen firsthand evidence of a Ranch Hand front bumper saving a man’s life. After a truck’s steering wheel was dislodged, the driver lost control, and his truck flew over a 75-foot overpass, only to land right on its Ranch Hand front bumper.

The bumper didn’t buckle. Instead, it transferred the force of the impact to the truck’s frame, and the man was able to walk away with only a few minor scratches.

Anything less than that Ranch Hand-quality bumper would have buckled and forced the engine back into the cabin, in which case, Seth (the driver) might not have been so lucky. There are more stories like his too.

As one of the country’s oldest, fully USA-made manufacturers of aftermarket truck bumpers, Ranch Hand prides itself on the quality and craftsmanship of its products. Every one of which offers:

  1. Heavy-duty steel plates and piping
  2. Hand-welding for robustness and strength
  3. Thick, strong mounting plates and bolts
  4. Top-notch quality control to detect flaws

This kind of quality demands (and deserves) top-dollar prices. And yet, Ranch Hand bumpers are not as expensive as they could be. The manufacturer has gone a few steps further to make their bumpers more affordable than other top bumper brands.

Table of Contents

30% Better Than Any Other Brand

Ranch Hand Bumpers Specifications

Cutting Costs Without Compromising Quality
Why Buy Ranch Hand Front Bumpers?

Easy Fit
Maximum Protection

Buy Ranch Hand Front Bumpers

Are Ranch Hand Front Bumpers Good?
Are Ranch Hand Front Bumpers Universal Replacements?
How Heavy are Ranch Hand Front Bumpers?

30% Better Than Any Other Brand

What makes Ranch Hand front bumpers stand out? For starters, the company claims to use at least 30% more steel on their bumpers than competitors do. One way to verify this claim is to take a factory tour.

Ranch Hand has two facilities in Texas where all the magic happens: one in Shiner and the other in Beeville. This tour of the Shiner facility reveals just how much pride and care goes into crafting every single Ranch Hand bumper.

The first thing you’ll notice is that Ranch Hand uses Schedule 40 steel pipes for its bumpers. This piping has a wall thickness of 0.237 inches and an outside diameter of 4.5 inches, making it ultra-heavy-duty. 

Image showing thickness of Schedule 40 steel pipes used in making Ranch Hand bumpers
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This is the kind of steel you need to protect your truck when you hit a deer at 70+ mph, to ensure that you and your truck can keep going after the accident.

Ranch Hand also uses ¼” plating for the structural components of the Legend Series, 3/16” for the Midnight Series, and diamond-plate steel for the lighter Sport and Summit series. To finish things off, the front grille is punched out of 12-gauge steel.

Most importantly, Ranch Hand pays particular attention to its welding and finishing processes. Everything is done by hand, with expert welders on fully equipped workstations bringing together all the components of each bumper.

From welding, the bumpers go to sandblasting where they are blasted with 1 ton of grit every minute. Finally, the bumpers go to a specialized powder coating station where Ranch Hand applies one of the thickest coats of powder coating in the industry.

The result of all this hard work is a range of tough, durable, and beautiful front bumpers designed to fit perfectly on any truck.

Ranch Hand Bumpers Specifications

Product Series Name Example More Information
Ranch Hand Legend Ranch Hand FBC111BLR Legend Front Bumper 2011-2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD-3500HD
  • Weighs approx. 250 lbs
  • Designed for maximum protection
  • Made for trucks and SUVs, ½ -ton and heavier
  • Two options available: with grille guard or bullnose
  • Has tow hook and cutouts for fog lights
Ranch Hand Summit Ranch Hand BSF15HBL1 Summit Bullnose Front Bumper 2015-2017 Ford F150
  • Weighs approx. 170-200 lbs
  • Designed for maximum protection with reduced weight
  • One-piece design for resilience
  • Designed for ½-ton trucks and heavier
  • Gives more stability
  • Choice of two: with grille guard or bullnose
  • Has a tow hook and space for original fog lights
Ranch Hand Sport Ranch Hand FBF055BLR Sport Front Bumper 2005 Ford Excursion
  • Weighs approx. 270 pounds
  • Compatible with big winches rated up to 16,500 pounds
  • Designed for maximum protection, with grille guard
Ranch Hand Midnight Midnight Front bumper
  • Lightest Ranch Hand bumpers, about 175 pounds
  • Gives maximum protection, comes with a grille guard
  • Accommodates factory camera, sensors, and lights
  • Has removable inserts for customization
  • Angled for extra ground clearance

It’s easy to see that Ranch Hand bumpers are not only strong but beautiful. Every one of the company's Series of front bumpers has a fierce, off-road look.

Cutting Costs Without Compromising Quality

With such high-quality standards, you would expect Ranch Hand front bumpers to be expensive. That assumption is partially right; these aren’t your average $500 knock-offs. 

Still, some aftermarket front bumpers, such as the Addictive Desert Designs Chevy Bomber front bumper, can cost more than $2,600. Ranch Hand has clearly found a way to cut down on costs without compromising quality.

Here are a few reasons why this is so:

  • Long-term industry presence: The first Ranch Hand grille guard, known as the “donkey knocker,” was fabricated in 1986
  • Ranch Hand relies on large-scale manufacturing, processing over 40,000 pounds of steel daily
  • Ranch Hand handles everything in-house, including punching out the grille patterns and powder coating
  • Use of modern technology, including laser cutting and engraving
  • Ranch Hand has its own fleet of trucks for shipping across the country
  • Massive capacity, with its two facilities totaling 320,000 square feet. Ranch Hand uses this capacity to buffer against the uncertainty of demand and supply

These are just a few of the reasons why Ranch Hand can provide such tremendous value for its monetary cost. Apart from the higher cost of quality, heavy-duty steel, the company passes very few additional costs on to you as the customer.

Why Buy Ranch Hand Front Bumpers? 

There’s only one question to consider before you buy Ranch Hand front bumpers: are they worth the price?

The main reason for installing aftermarket truck bumpers is better protection for you and your truck. If you frequently go off-road, the quality of that protection is paramount.

But other factors such as looks, ease of installation, and customization also come into play. 

Image showing how awesome a truck looks with its Ranch Hand Sport front bumper
Ranch Hand FBC115BLR Sport Front Bumper 2011-2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD-3500HD

From our vast experience with aftermarket bumpers, we can point out a few key features that make the Ranch Hand brand worth the cost.

Easy Fit

Like most others, Ranch Hand front bumpers are bolt-on. They are easy to install, and shouldn’t take you more than an hour to attach. Ranch Hand bumpers are meticulously fitted to each brand of truck, including Ford, GMC, Toyota, Ram, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Honda.

Maximum Protection

The gauge of steel that Ranch Hand uses is almost overkill. From its ¼” bumper mounting plates to Schedule 40 steel pipes, everything is heavy-duty and meant to take a hit. These are some of the things you wouldn’t normally notice, but Ranch Hand doesn’t compromise.

To illustrate this point, if the bolts and mounting plate on the Ranch Hand bumpers had been any less durable, Seth might have died when his truck fell off the overpass. The bolts and plate would have snapped from the frame on impact and crumpled the bumper, along with the entire front of the truck.


The latest bumper series from Ranch Hand, the Midnight Series, is their best one yet. Released in 2020, these lightweight bumpers offer maximum protection plus a host of other great features. For example, these bumpers are the first to accommodate your truck’s front camera and sensors.

This is a first from Ranch Hand and a pioneering move in the industry.

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Ranch Hand has a 1-year limited warranty on all its bumpers. The company also has a generous 30-day return policy in case of any manufacturing defects

Buy Ranch Hand Front Bumpers

Ranch Hand is one of the best aftermarket bumper brands in the USA. The company guarantees strong, reliable, American steel in every front bumper. Every Ranch Hand front bumper is shaped and formed to quality standards that you can literally stake your life on.

Royal Truck Accessories brings you Ranch Hand bumpers closer to home. We strive to bring you the best prices and shipping service around, just as our customers to date have experienced.

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If you want a solid steel front bumper that you can count on, explore our collection of Ranch Hand front bumpers and place your order now.


Are Ranch Hand Front Bumpers Good?

Ranch Hand makes heavy-duty bumpers that are some of the best in the US. Ranch Hand is one of the original manufacturers of aftermarket bumpers that still uses all-American steel and labor. The brand has a decades-long record of superior quality and reliability, making it a top choice for truck front bumpers.

Are Ranch Hand Front Bumpers Universal Replacements?

Ranch Hand replacement bumpers are designed to fit specific makes and models of trucks in the US. These include the Ford F-Series, Ram pickup trucks, Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras, Toyotas, Nissan Titans, and Honda Ridgelines. All models are designed to be bolted into the original factory slots with no modifications required.

How Heavy are Ranch Hand Front Bumpers?

Ranch Hand front bumpers can weigh anywhere from 175 pounds for the Midnight Series to over 250 pounds for the Legend Series. The company uses heavy-duty steel pipes and plates, so Ranch Hand bumpers do add a lot of weight to your vehicle. You might need to upgrade your suspension to maintain balance and stance.
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