Pentalift Blog - Ergonomics

When Do You Choose A Dock Lift Instead Of A Dock Leveler?

Dock lifts are generally used if you don’t have a conventional 4 foot high loading dock area. A dock lift would be used to get product from a truck to ground level or vice versa. In multiple dock positions, something that is becoming more common is the use of a dock lift. While dock levelers will handle the conventional trucks, in addition to conventional trucks a dock lift can accommodate any incoming truck bed height (FedEx, UPS, etc.). Dock lifts can also be used to store property maintenance equipment in the offseason. Common applications for a dock lift are institutions, retail outlets, universities, hospitals, etc. If the decision is to go with a dock lift, you can select from a pit installed model or a surface installed (no pit required). Often the application dictates the most appropriate product to select.

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Factors to Consider When Deciding Between a Hydraulic Dock Leveler or a Mechanical Dock Leveler

Choosing between a hydraulic dock leveler and mechanical dock leveler depends on what is most important to the user. Mechanical dock levelers cost less than hydraulic dock levelers, but mechanical dock levelers do require periodic (2 times a year) adjustable maintenance throughout use of the equipment. Hydraulic levelers can handle higher load capacities and also operate more easily than mechanical dock levelers, due to a manual push button that operates the power unit. While hydraulic dock levelers do require a power source, mechanical dock levelers do not require any sort of electric power due to its spring activation. Both hydraulic dock levelers and mechanical dock levelers should be lubricated and inspected regularly to prolong safe operation.

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Why Are There So Many Horse Power Ratings For Lift Tables?

The reason lift tables have various horse power ratings is strictly to achieve typical speeds of vertical travel. The quicker the oil can be pumped into a cylinder, the quicker the cylinder extends, increasing the lift speed. Generally, the higher the capacity of the lift table, the more cylinders the lift table will require. In order to maintain typical lift speeds of 10 – 12 feet per minute, a higher rated power unit is used to achieve these speeds.

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Are Drive On Lift Tables Available In Custom Sizes?

As standard, No Low lift tables are available in 3 different capacities: 2,500 lbs, 4000 lbs, and 6000 lbs are the different capacities you can choose from. Standard platform size range is from 44”Wx48”L to 50”Wx54”L and standard vertical travel is 35”. There are applications that do need a bigger platform size, more capacity, or a higher vertical travel. Also as standard, No Low lift tables have a back stop meaning you can only take a load on and off of the lift from one end. It is possible to get an application where the No Low lift table does not have a back stop. This therefore allows the operator to pick up the load from the front or back of the lift table.

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Why Do Lift Tables Have a Guarded Foot Pedal Control Option?

A lift table’s standard and most common control unit is a push button control unit. The problem you may experience with a push button control unit is that in order to operate the lift table, the operator must use their hands to control the table. This can slow efficiency because if an operator is positioning a load and decides to raise or lower the table, he must first position the load before operating it. If he has a guarded foot pedal control station, the operator can simply lift the table using his foot while positioning the load. This option increases efficiency while still being safe.

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