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5 Main Types of Loading Dock Leveler Springs

If you operate a loading dock and need to replace parts inside of your dock leveler, you are probably going to need to replace the dock leveler springs.  Springs are one of the most important components of a loading dock. They provide the necessary tension to keep the dock leveler in place and help to cushion the impact when the loading dock is in use. There are several different types of springs that can be used on a loading dock, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. What are loading dock leveler springs? A loading dock leveler spring is a tension device that keeps the loading dock leveler in the "stored" position when not in use. When the loading dock leveler...

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10 Common Warehouse Mistakes

Are you making these common warehouse mistakes? Is your business making these incredibly common warehouse mistakes? Here, we’ll discuss what they are, and help you strategize and overcome the challenges of maximizing your warehouse operations efficiency now and in the future. Most Common Warehouse Challenges and Potential Solutions 1. High Elevation Environment ProblemToo many warehouses contain products stored at too high a height for a safe working environment. SolutionCreate stable and portable work platforms. Lifts can assist employees in getting their work done safely in high elevation conditions. Telescoping boom lifts, controlled by an operator on top of the work platform, can extend the vertical reach of your employee Articulating boom lifts can be driven at full elevation to enable...

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Why do I need a dock leveler and not just a bare concrete?

Dock levelers make loading docks safer and more efficient. These essential pieces of equipment are used when a building has a truck-level door. They basically form a ramp to bridge the distance between the dock and the truck. They have a metal plate, known as a lip. The lip is raised from the dock then lowered on the back of the truck. Dock levelers are typically either mounted to the dock face or recessed into a pit at the locking dock. This article will look at the multiple purposes that dock levelers serve, why you need a dock leveler, and when you may need to replace one.     Dock Levelers Improve Safety and Protect Cargo Dock levelers are especially...

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What Causes a Hydraulic Pump to Lose Pressure on a Dock Leveler?

A dock leveler is a piece of equipment that bridges the gap between the dock and the truck’s trailer bed. It is typically used during unloading and loading. The leveler operator can raise the machine and extend its metal plate “lip” in order to form a seamless ramp onto the truck. Hydraulic dock levelers are one of the most common types of levelers. Hydraulic dock levelers are operated by pushing a button, whereas manual dock levelers require the operator to use a pull-chain. Hydraulic dock levelers use hydraulic pumps to automatically lift and place the leveler and lip.  However, hydraulic dock levelers can have issues with losing pressure. This article will explain what causes this, what to look for, and...

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How much does it cost to replace a hold down on a mechanical dock leveler?

Short Answer: Around $600 for DIY or over $1000 for a leveler repair service.Of course the short answer glosses over details like the ones outlined below. What needs replacing?While most people can replace the entire hold-down you may want to just replace parts of it. Take for example replacing a very common 503 Hold-down (or Ramp Control) used on some Rite-Hite dock levelers.  They cost $613.20.   It's very common to replace the whole mechanism but some people choose to replace the guts of it. This would be the  Ratchet Bar $235.20 Pawl $100.28 Pawl Spring $11.13 This is all just for certain Rite-Hite levelers.  There are lots of different types of hold downs for different leveler brands.   Are you going...

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