How much does a dock leveler cost?
  • Simple answer: $3,500 - $10,000 for a pit mounted leveler(Material ONLY)
  • There are numerous considerations when pricing a dock leveler.
    - Manual activation (mechanical) vs. Powered (hydraulic, air bag)
    - Size: 6'x6' up to 7'x12'
    - Capacity: 30,000lbs up to 80,000lbs
  • The total cost of a leveler will include freight, tax and installation
  • Budget $7,500 for a leveler from a reputable manufacturer.
  • Cheap levelers come at a HIGH cost to your facility.
    - Down-time and inability to ship/receive
    - Frequent repairs and costly parts
What does a dock leveler do?
  • Simple answer: allow a forklift to safely load/unload a semi-truck
  • Because not all loading docks and trailers are the same height, we must bridge the gap between the building and truck in a way that allows for the safe & efficient loading of trailers.
  • In general, a longer leveler will provide greater service range, allowing you to service very tall or short trailers.
What is the standard loading dock height?
  • Simple answer: 48"
  • Some facilities may choose a different dock height based upon unique trailer configurations.
  • An incline or decline approach can affect the the dock height.
How do you calculate dock leveler capacity?
  • Simple answer: Take the combined weight of your forklift and load, multiplied by 2.55
    - Example: 12,000lb forklift + 3,500lb load x 2.55 = 39,525. Round up to 40,000.
  • There are many factors that influence leveler capacity.
    - Gross weight of vehicle and load
    - Number of trailers serviced per day
    - 3-wheel or 4-wheel forklifts
    - Height differential between dock and trailer
    - Slope %of dock approach
  • Be extremely careful of dock leveler companies who calculate capacity with letters
    - Example: Capacity "G," Capacity "H," Capacity "J," et cetera
    - These capacity labels are meant to disguise the true ANSI rating
How much does a dock leveler weigh?
  • Simple answer: 1,200lbs to 3,500lbs
  • Weights can vary greatly based upon size and capacity
    - Greater capacity translates into thicker steel, meant to accommodate heavier loads.
What are the benefits to a Rubber Door?
  • The benefits of rubber doors are safety, durability, and savings. When compared to operations that use steel doors, facilities with rubber doors have fewer injuries on average, limited repair needs due to being impactable, and lower energy and maintenance costs.
Are rubber doors expensive?
  • Rubber doors have a higher upfront cost than traditional roll up steel doors but offer a significantly lower lifetime cost. Much like solar panels, investing in rubber doors will save you money in the long run. Rubber doors offer lower maintenance costs and reduced energy costs compared to rolling steel doors.
How does a rubber door affect energy savings?
  • Rubber doors reduces energy costs in two ways. A rubber roll-up door can have up to 4x the opening speed of a rolling steel door resulting in less energy lost during operation. It also provides a better seal from the exterior. The less air infiltration into your facility, the less you lose on heating and cooling costs. We’ve had a client let us know after installing our door, their energy costs were cut by 30%
What is the difference between a MaxDock, MaxPro, and MaxSpeed?
  • MaxDock: Ideal for high damage high traffic loading docks. Comes with the option of a Direct Drive motor or a manual chain hoist if there’s no need for a motor. Max Size 12’ x 12’
  • MaxPro: A low profile footprint for your facility. Economic traditional door replacement. Max Size 18’ x 18’
  • MaxSpeed: Perfect for high use application. Our fastest door with the most safety features available. Max Size 40’ x 30’