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 capacities labels are meant to disguise the true ANSI rating