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June 2, 2015, 5:28 pm - Dock levelers are basically an adjustable ramp or bridge designed to drive the lift truck across from the building onto the truck. Incoming trucks are not all the same height; some may be level with the building floor, some above floor height, and some below floor height. If the incoming trucks are always level with the building floor height a 6’ long dock leveler will work just fine. If the trucks are 4”-8” above or below dock height, then an 8’ long dock leveler works much better because the extra platform length decreases the angle of incline or decline. A 6’ long platform would end up with a steeper degree of incline or decline making it more difficult to push a pump truck with a load on it. As standard, Pentalift dock levelers are available in 6’, 8’, 10’ and 12’ lengths. Always consult with the manufacturer for their recommendations based on the specifics of your loading dock area. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
May 29, 2015, 4:14 pm - Pentalift's Fork Truck Maintenance Lift is a unique piece of equipment that is designed specifically to permit maintenance on most standard 4 wheel fork trucks, up to 60" wide and 20,000lbs. Watch this video to see how the FTML utilizes a ratchet and pawl mechanism to mechanically lock the lift at the desired work height. This dual, redundant, holding system provides safe entry under the fork truck. The FTML can be painted the color of your choice as an additional option. Contact your Lift Table Sales Representative for more information.
May 25, 2015, 11:04 am - Is it really worth the extra money to upgrade from a mechanical dock leveler to a hydraulic dock leveler? There’s no question that it is worth the small amount of money to upgrade to a hydraulic dock leveler. Mechanical dock levelers require more periodic maintenance than hydraulic dock levelers to keep them in good working order. Hydraulic dock levelers are more ergonomically correct as there is no physical effort required to raise or lower the dock leveler, all operations are by simple push button control. Hydraulic dock levelers also provide additional safety in a fall safe situation. Fall safe can occur if the dock leveler has a load on it and the truck accidentally departs. Hydraulic dock levelers will lock immediately, even if a mechanical dock leveler is equipped with a fall safe option they will still drop to finished floor level. Safer operation, ergonomically correct and less maintenance are the main reasons why it is definitely worth the extra money to go to hydraulic operation.
May 14, 2015, 5:41 pm - It is common knowledge that most equipment requires maintenance from time to time, and that providing regular service will help ensure its proper function and increased longevity. Dock levelers are no exception. There are not many pieces of equipment that take a greater beating than your loading dock. Although you may push a button or […]
May 11, 2015, 1:28 pm - When planning for a custom lift table application, how much time should you leave for the entire process? There are many steps involved in moving from an idea for a custom lift table all the way through to the custom equipment being operational in the field. You will need time to get your ideas from concept to quote, to generate approval drawings once you decide to proceed, to permit time for order processing and equipment fabrication, and then for the equipment to be transported to its final location. The simplest pieces of custom equipment will likely require a minimum of eight weeks, and the lead time can increase significantly as the sophistication of the customization increases. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative to discuss the process in more detail.