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How to decide between a dock lift and a dock leveler?

To decide between a dock lift and a dock leveler you must first look at the application. Applications that do not have a conventional 48” high dock area would require ground level loading. Dock lifts are the best way to handle ground level loading applications. Dock levelers are best suited for applications that do have a fixed 48” dock height and are best for applications that require frequent use. Both pieces of equipment are safe and offer efficient ways of loading or unloading items from a truck.

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Can lift trucks be used on dock lifts?

Although manual pallet trucks or power driven pallet trucks are the most common pieces of material handling equipment used on a dock lift some applications call for the use of a lift truck. If using a lift truck on a dock lift there is one very important option to consider. With the dock lift in the lowered closed position the operator drives the lift truck onto the dock lift platform. As soon as the up button is operated an optional automatic hinged hydraulic roll off stop on the dock lift is activated, basically a hinged barrier rises behind the lift truck. When the dock lift is in the raised position the vertical hinged barrier prevents the lift truck from accidentally driving off the back of the dock lift. When the dock lift is lowered to the closed position the hinged barrier automatically lowers, the lift truck then drives off.

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Can hydraulic lift tables be used outside?

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Pentalift introduces a dock lift hydraulic actuated bridge assist.

In some applications a longer bridge plate is required to span the gap between the truck bed and the dock lift platform. The longer the bridge plate the more the weight increases and in some cases they become too heavy to be operated manually. The dock lift hydraulic actuated bridge assist is installed on the platform and at only 10” wide minimally impedes the usable platform width. The bridge plate is stored in the vertical position, manually the bridge plate is lowered and a flow control valve assures a smooth lowering rate of speed. When the loading is completed the dock attendant simply activates a push button. The bridge plate is hydraulically actuated from the level loading position back into the vertical stored position. This feature improves safety, ergonomics and efficiency at the dock area and is available at time of dock lift sale or as an aftermarket retrofit.

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Why are some Dock Lift applications classified as Custom Lift Tables?

The majority of dock lift manufacturers have a pre-engineered product line selection to cover the majority of all typical dock lift applications hence they are referred to as Dock Lifts. There are a number of applications that a dock lift has to raise higher than a standard dock lift, wider than a standard dock lift, longer than a standard dock lift, stainless steel construction etc. Even though the application requirements are often similar these lifts are outside of many dock lift manufacturers standard product line offering. There are a small number of dock lift manufacturers that also welcome customization to suit a specific application. As this type of equipment is often a “one off” they are processed as custom lift tables, similar to ordering off the menu.

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