In its simplest form a dock leveler is an adjustable ramp that provides lift truck access from the warehouse floor to the truck bed. Dock leveler deck cant allows the dock leveler deck and lip assembly to flex up to 4” laterally or from side-to- side. Typically incoming truck beds are pretty much level from side-to-side with the warehouse floor. However if there is an uneven build-up of snow, ice or debris outside the building the incoming truck bed can be parked on an angle with one corner of ... Read More
Conventional hydraulic dock levelers are powered up and the hydraulic lip extends, when the push button is released it is gravity down until the extended lip rests on the truck bed ready for use. During loading/unloading it is common for the truck bed to move up and down this is referred to as “float”. Vertical storing dock levelers are powered up and powered down. On the downward travel ... Read More
The first step when considering converting to hydraulic operation is to investigate if the dock leveler is structurally sound. In its simplest form a dock leveler is a temporary structural bridge between the building floor and the truck to be loaded. A qualified loading dock service technician should first perform a complete front to back structural inspection of the dock levelers primary components. During the in... 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
If this option is ordered the hydraulic velocity fuse is installed in the return line of the lift table’s hydraulic circuit. As the lift table starts to lower the hydraulic oil flows out of the lift cylinder(s) and through the velocity fuse to the power unit reservoir. Depending on the model of lift table the velocity fuse is installed directly on the base of the lift cylinder or in a common man... Read More
When the dock leveler is in the closed/stored position the hinged lip assembly is vertical tucked in behind the front of the dock leveler frame. When the dock leveler is operated the deck raises and the hinged lip rotates outward to the extended position. In the extended position the lip assembly is not parallel with the deck plate it is positioned just slightly lower than parallel to the deck plate, this is referred to as “lip crown”. Dock levelers service varying heights of incoming vehicles; it is important that the dock leveler is able to servic... 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

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

Roll-Off Stop Lip adds Extra Safety

Roll-Off Stop Lip Levelers have an extra safety measure versus standard levelers that can help prevent forklifts from falling off the dock when the door is open and there is no trailer secured to the door opening. The extra feature is a vertical roll-off stop lip that stands up at the edge of the dock when the dock is in the pa... Read More

Make your loading dock safer with a vehicle restraint

Vehicle restraints are a key component of safe loading docks. Locking trailers into position vehicle restraints integrate signal lights, inside and outside. This helps communication between dock attendant and truck driver. Once the truck is positioned the recessed vehicle restraint reaches out... Read More