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Where would you use a vehicle restraints surface mounting box?

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Where Would You Use a Free Standing Dock Leveler?

In the majority of applications dock levelers are installed in a recessed pit. Dock levelers can be installed external to the building in a free standing frame if there are any obstructions to prevent a pit being poured. The underground obstructions could be a water pipe, electrical line, etc. Another reason to consider a dock leveler in a free standing frame is limited floor space at the loading dock area.

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What is Auto Return on a Hydraulic Dock Leveler?

In the majority of applications the dock attendant positions the dock leveler on the truck. When the truck is loaded the dock attendant typically operates and returns the dock leveler to the stored closed position. If there is no dock attendant and the truck departs with the dock leveler in position the dock leveler lowers and the lip slowly retracts. If equipped with an optional auto return when the lip reaches the fully retracted position a limit switch is activated. This starts the lift motor. The deck raises and the lip clears the lip keepers. The timer shuts off the motor and the deck lowers to the properly stored closed position.

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Why is zinc plating commonly used on a vehicle restraint?

The majority of vehicle restraints are exposed to the elements. Zinc plating the vehicle restraint improves the loading dock area’s aesthetics by eliminating any rusting on the unit itself.

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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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