Dock Boards FAQ
To determine what weight capacity you'll need to know the carrying capacity and number of wheel tires on your forklift. If your forklift has four wheels multiply the capacity by three, if it has three wheels multiply by four. If your loading dock is used more than one shift per day increase the capacity to the next weight bracket. Example: A four wheeled tow-motor with a capacity of 3,500 pounds will require at least a 10,000 pound capacity, if used for multiple shifts a 13,000 or 15,000 pound minimum will be required.
How wide should my board be?
Your Dockboard should be at a minimum 12" to 18" wider than the overall width of the vehicle or pallet for safe operation.
What is the usable width of my Dock Board?
2 pin and 4 pin Dock Boards have 3" welded curbs on each side of the board for stability. Subtract 6" from the dock board width to determine the usable width.
Can I order a dock board without curb rails?
No. The rails are the source of a dock boards strength making them essential. Due to design restrictions Dock Board rails cannot be mounted to the under side of the board.
What is the working range of the Edge of Dock Leveler?
The edge of dock leveler is designed to position up to 5" above and below the dock floor. Note: if your dock floor is too low to meet your needs a low dock leveler is designed to raise your dock height placing the leveler joint at a range were it will service trucks 5" above and below.
What is the lead time for dock boards?
For any model boards not in "quick ship" tab in the link list at the top right corner of this page. a 5-7 working day lead time will apply.
What is the lead time on walk ramps?
All walk ramps have a 7 working day lead time.
Can I use my pallet jack on a walk ramp?
No, the walk ramps are intended for foot traffic only. This is due to the lack of girders to provide support and the steep incline the walk ramp has been designed to be used at.
Why can't I use a forklift on my Dock Plate?
The dock plate does not have side curbs welded or bolted into place for support. The rails are essential for the stability and safe use of the ramp. Dock Plates are designed to be used solely for non motorized traffic.
Is there a dock board I don't need a forklift to move?
Yes. The AC & BC model aluminum dock plates are not only light weight, but also have an option for EZ-Roll lifting handles that make them simple to roll the board into position. These handles securely bolt to the side of the board and quickly fold out of the way when not in use.
What is the range of a dock leveler?
Dock Levelers offered through loading dock supply are designed to be used by forklifts only, and have an operating range of 5" above and below the dock. Note: electric forklifts typically have lower clearances making it less safe to go down into a truck with a differential of more than 3".
Does mounting hardware come with the leveler?
No. The anchor sleeves used for mounting levelers are an additional cost. It should also be noted installation of levelers requires the use of an approach plate or embedded C channel to weld the top of your leveler to, we offer these as well.
is there a Dock Board for angled parking?
Yes. The most suitable Dock Board for angled parking and park outs is the red pin Dockboard. Consisting of four locking pins the Red Pin Dock Board is the only dock board designed to have a fully adjustable range of pin placements to match the docked trucks position.