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 much does a dock leveler cost?
- Simple answer: $3,400 - $10,000 for a pit mounted leveler or (Material)
- 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
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
How much does a dock leveler weigh?
- Simple answer: 1,200lbs to 2,500lbs
- Weights can vary greatly based upon size and capacity
- Greater capacity translates into thicker steel, meant to accommodate heavier loads and higher frequency use.