As standard dock lifts are supplied with removable guard rails. At the time of manufacture the guard rails are bolted to a threaded plate that is welded to the dock lift platform. These guard rails are now removable however they require hand tools to first remove the locking bolts, 4 locking bolts per guard rail. Based on the amount of work required and the time involved removing this style of guard rail is not a common practice to do repetitively. Another option... Read More
Electric toe sensors are most commonly used on lift tables that are installed in a preformed recessed pit. In a recessed pit installation there is the potential for introducing a shear hazard as the platform lowers into the pit. Electric toe sensors are an interlocked 4 sided bar assembly that is suspended under the lower edge of the lift table platform. The suspended perimeter bar assembly interacts with 4 limit switche... Read More
The most significant benefit of converting a mechanical dock leveler to hydraulic is the safety and ease of single push button operation at the loading dock area. Converting to hydraulic eliminates the need to repetitively bend and pull the release chain and then walk the dock leveler downward into position on the truck. When successfully converted to hydraulic operation it’s now as easy as pushing a button. Any b... Read More
Although it is not very common you can use a lift truck on a dock lift if the dock lift is properly sized, rated and equipped. Some of the factors to first consider. The dock lift platform size should accommodate the overall length of the lift truck with the longest load that the lift truck will be carrying. The width of the dock lift should be sized to allow the lift truck operator to exit the lift truck and move around freely on the platform. When selecting the dock lift capacity consider a combination of the overall weight of the empty lift truck plu... Read More
Under normal operating conditions the truck is backed into position at the loading dock and the trailer door is opened. The attendant operates the dock leveler, the dock leveler deck raises and the hydraulic lip extends. The dock leveler is then lowered into position with the extended hydraulic lip resting on the bed of the truck. After the loading is completed the attendant returns the dock leveler to the closed stored position, that’s what is supposed to happen. However should the truck depart the loading d... Read More

Low Profile Dock Lift

With a lowered height of only 6” a low profile dock lift allows ground level access without the need for construction of a pit. A Pentalift low profile dock lift can accommodate truck/trailer heights from pick-ups to semi-trailers with a vertical travel of 54”. It requires no pit and has the capability to be semi-portable, a low profile unit is an effective solution for ground level doors, confined spaces and leased building applications. Sizes and capacities are available to suit a wide range of applica... Read More

Lift Table with Sliding Platform

A company specializing in vacuum heat treating contacted Pentalift for a lift table with a sliding platform as a solution to increase their efficiencies when loading a furnace. The furnace is a 36’ long car bottom design and the transfer car is loaded outside the furnace and once loaded is moved into position.

Lift Table with Sliding Platform Application

The product for the furnace is stacked on the transfer car, the lift ta... Read More

Air Powered Dock Levelers offer trouble free performance

Air Powered Dock Levelers are designed to provide superior product value through prolonged, trouble-free performance. Convenient push button activation increases the efficiency and safety of the loading/unloading process. Pentalift AD Series Air Powered Dock Levelers provide superior performance in high frequency and abusive environment applications.

Air Powered Dock Levelers have fewer moving parts

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Rainstop RS800 helps make the rain go away!

Had enough of the rainy season? Feel like you need to build an arc?! Dock seals are not enough. Improve dock safety and worker morale. Provide shelter from the rain. Typical docks have a slight decline approach. When rain water hits the top of the trailer it runs back in the building. This causes product damage and slippery, unsafe conditions on your loading dock. The Rainstop uses a stiffly sprung five and a half inch foam filled header curtain. Thi... Read More

Hydraulic Conversion Kit upgrade

A Pentalift universal conversion kit upgrades an existing dock leveler to fully hydraulic activation. Each kit contains all necessary components for a complete conversion to an easy-to-use, low maintenance design. It is designed to fit a wide variety of dock levelers including competitive brands. A conversion kit is an economical alternative to replacing an existing dock leveler. The upgrade also reduces down time and repair costs. Pentalift conversion kits eliminate the ongoing maintenance typ... Read More