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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.
March 30, 2015, 2:14 pm - The Fork Truck Maintenance Lift will safely lift a fork truck to a comfortable working height, and does not require that a pit be dug. The FTML utilizes a ratchet and pawl mechanism to provide safety redundancy that permits personnel to safely access under the fork truck to perform any required maintenance. The FTML can lift fork trucks that weigh up to 20,000lbs and that are up to 60” wide. Click here to browse the FTML Brochure, or click here to view the FTML Video. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
March 27, 2015, 3:24 pm - Why are dock levelers available in 6`, 8`and 10` platform lengths? Different length dock levelers offer different above/below ranges, and will impact the angle of decline or incline that the load will experience. Many loading dock areas are now being designed specifically to the height of the incoming trucks, for example over the highway trucks are pretty consistent in trailer floor height and a shorter platform works well. If the loading dock is to receive a wider range of incoming truck heights 8’ long platform lengths are still the most common in the industry. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.