Dock boards are used to bridge the gap between a loading dock and truck trailer. The difference between dock plates and dock boards is that dock boards are for powered equipment such as lift trucks and stackers.
Dock boards are engineered and built to maximize safety while handling heavy fork trucks and loads. They are designed for smooth transitions and safety:
• The beveled edge is designed for smooth entry and exit.
• Locking legs prevent movement during loading and unloading operations.
• Locking legs are uneven to allow the dock board to sit canted, while not in use, for easier pickup by fork trucks.
Aluminum dock boards are ideal for low to medium volume dock loading applications. Dock boards are for use with forklifts and pallet jacks. A lightweight alternative to steel dock boards, aluminum dock boards are available in capacities ranging from 10,000 lbs. to 15,000 lbs. Heavy-duty steel dock boards, for example, are held in position using two 1″ stress-proof steel pins. When properly placed in the side pocket location holes, these pins hold the dock board firmly in place guarding against slippage.
Whether you need dock boards or dock plates, contact Rack Express today to determine your dock loading solutions.