There are several types of dock leveler solutions to meet your requirements, equipped with brush or rubber weather seals. Mechanical, Hydraulic, Air and Edge of Dock Systems help to safely ship and receive products within the loading dock area. To help select the correct unit, you must identify the heaviest weight that will be traveling across the leveler to ensure it can handle the load.
HYDRAULIC DOCK LEVELER
Hydraulic Levelers come in capacities of 25,000 - 80,000 lbs. The steel beams are strategically welded to maximize the deck strength and improve longevity. The deck cylinders also increase operating efficiency and reduce maintenance requirements. This results in a lower cost of ownership as compared to a Mechanical Dock Leveler.
AIR-POWERED DOCK LEVELER
Air-Powered Dock Levelers are similar to Hydraulic, however, have no legs or rollers. With push-button operation, this equipment uses a low-pressure lifting system with little to no maintenance for long equipment life. Air Dock Levelers are ideal for high frequency shipments with heavy loads and virtually resistant to abuse.
MECHANICAL DOCK LEVELER
Mechanical Levelers combine excellent value with reliable performance. These systems come in capacities of 25,000 - 50,000 lbs. Overall operation is simple; pull the release chain and allow the heavy-duty lift springs to go into action. The deck rises and the lip moves into the locked position. From there, a simple “walk the deck” is performed to lower it onto the truck bed.
EDGE OF DOCK LEVELER
Ideal for locations that cannot support the installation of a dock pit leveler, typically installed on the exterior with capacities between 20,000 and 50,000 lbs. Compact and self-storing units, easily applied to a dock face, available in both mechanical and hydraulic designs. Edge of Dock’s are quick and easy to operate. After loading/unloading is complete and the truck is backed away, the leveler returns to it’s stored position. Important elements of any dock leveler include dock bumpers and in this case, block risers to align the bumpers with the leveler; black rectangles with 2 holes on either side of the leveler, used to protect the building structure from impacts.
EDGE OF DOCK LEVELER
Loading Dock Safety