Dock Levelers

The difference between a hydraulic and mechanical dock leveler is obvious on the surface – the hydraulic leveler works automatically with the push of a button, while the mechanical leveler is activated with a pull chain.

The most important is the cost of ownership. A hydraulic dock leveler probably will cost as much as 10 percent
more upfront than a mechanical leveler.

However, the higher cost of hydraulic levelers is mitigated by the fact that they tend to last longer than the
mechanical levelers.

A hydraulic dock leveler:

  • Is started by a simple push of a button.
  • The push-button controls raise the leveler and extend the lip.
  • As the buttons are released, the platform then floats down to the trailer floor.
  • A hydraulic dock leveler tends to operate in a range between 12 inches below and 12 inches above the level of the dock.
  • Normal operation doesn’t require pulling a chain.
  • When loading is complete, the operator pushes a button to return the leveler to its stored position. (An automatic return also can be programmed.)
  • Hydraulic dock levelers are ergonomically efficient and easier on workers because there is no bending and chain pulling, resulting in a lowered chance of injury.
  • The hydraulic leveler has one motor, two cylinders and hoses. Hydraulic dock levelers are ergonomically efficient and easier on workers because there is no bending and chain pulling, resulting in a lowered chance of injury.

A mechanical dock leveler;

  • Is spring-powered, requiring manual activation.
  • It must be positioned onto a trailer by first pulling a chain (at the leveler’s rear) which sets the “hold down” system free, letting the platform rise and the lip extend.
  • The operator then must walk onto the platform and use his bodyweight to lower the leveler onto the trailer bed.
  • Should the trailer be below dock height, the operator then has to pull a second chain (this one near the leveler’s front) in order to retract the support legs. This allows the platform to travel below the deck.
  • The ergonomics of a mechanical dock leveler is less efficient than a hydraulic dock leveler.
  • The mechanical dock leveler has springs, hold downs, lip latches and more moving parts, parts which are consistently under pressure, requiring more frequent replacement, particularly of the leveler’s springs.
  • In addition, the mechanical’s springs are heat/cold sensitive – expanding in the heat of summer and contracting in the cold of winter – requiring consistent adjustment as a result.

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Deluxe Systems represents Koke dock levelers

Mechanical Dock LevelersMECHANICAL DOCK LEVELERS

OUR MECHANICAL LEVELER EASY TO OPERATE.
THE QUALITY RATCHET HOLD-DOWN ASSEMBLY
MAKES OPERATING THIS LEVELER A BREEZE. THE
STANDARD CAPACITY IS 27,000 LBS.

FEATURES:

  • 16″ LIP STANDARD
  • ARTICULATING TOP DECK
  • SAFETY TREAD PLATE FOR MAXIMUM TRACTION
  • SAFETY TOE GUARDS

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HYDRAULIC DOCK LEVELERS

FEATURES:

16″ HYDRAULIC LIP STANDARD
ARTICULATING TOP DECK
MAINTENANCE STRUT
SAFETY TREAD PLATE FOR MAXIMUM TRACTION
FULL N IGHT LOCK
SAFETY TOEGUARDS
VELOCITY FUSE
1HP MOTOR – 110VAC/1PH
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