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