How much does a dock leveler cost? Explanation and FAQ's

How much does a dock leveler cost? 

  • Simple answer: $3,500 - $10,000 for a pit mounted leveler(Material ONLY)
  • There are numerous considerations when pricing a dock leveler. 
    • Manual activation (mechanical) vs. Powered (hydraulic, air bag)
    • Size: 6'x6' up to 7'x12'
    • Capacity: 30,000lbs up to 80,000lbs
  • The total cost of a leveler will include freight, tax and installation
  • Budget $7,500 for a leveler from a reputable manufacturer. 
  • Cheap levelers come at a HIGH cost to your facility.
    • Down-time and inability to ship/receive 
    • Frequent repairs and costly parts

What does a dock leveler do?

  • Simple answer: allow a forklift to safely load/unload a semi-truck
  • Because not all loading docks and trailers are the same height, we must bridge the gap between the building and truck in a way that allows for the safe & efficient loading of trailers.
  • In general, a longer leveler will provide greater service range, allowing you to service very tall or short trailers.

What is the standard loading dock height?

  • Simple answer: 48"
  • Some facilities may choose a different dock height based upon unique trailer configurations.
  • An incline or decline approach can affect the the dock height. 

 How do you calculate dock leveler capacity? 

  • Simple answer: Take the combined weight of your forklift and load, multiplied by 2.55
    • Example: 12,000lb forklift + 3,500lb load  x  2.55  = 39,525. Round up to 40,000.
  • There are many factors that influence leveler capacity. 
    • Gross weight of vehicle and load
    • Number of trailers serviced per day
    • 3-wheel or 4-wheel forklifts
    • Height differential between dock and trailer
    • Slope  %of dock approach
  • Be extremely careful of dock leveler companies who calculate capacity with letters
    • Example: Capacity "G," Capacity "H," Capacity "J," et cetera
    • These capacity labels are meant to disguise the true ANSI rating

How much does a dock leveler weigh? 

  • Simple answer: 1,200lbs to 3,500lbs
  • Weights can vary greatly based upon size and capacity
    • Greater capacity translates into thicker steel, meant to accommodate heavier loads.