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New Dock Boards

New Dock Boards are made for bridging the gap between your loading dock and a trailer. Dock boards are made with additional structural support to handle more weight and equipment. They are ideal for transporting heavy loads that require a forklift to move materials in and out of the trailer. Unlike dock plates, dock boards provide ease when using forklifts or other warehouse vehicles to move items across gaps. It is important to know the capacities of items that you’ll be loading and unloading when deciding on the best dock board that will fit your overall needs. Dock boards will help to increase productivity by providing easy loading and unloading accessibility. New dock boards have the following features: various sizes & capacities available, safety stop feature to help secure dock board, suitable for forklift use, beveled edges for easy travel and safety curbs on both sides.

New Dock Boards
New Dock Boards
  • 60" or 72" wide
  • Built for forklift use
  • 48" to 72" long
  • Ships From Manufacturer

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About Dock Boards

Dock boards are made of long-lasting durable steel. With durable construction these loading dock boards can safely withstand the heavy weight of your loading equipment, and the heavy loads it lifts. Guarantee your warehouse workers can feel safe when loading and unloading heavy materials from trucks. These dock boards will further increase the effectiveness and productivity of loading and unloading heavy materials with forklifts. It’s an essential equipment for many warehouses and storage facilities.

Dock boards are not to be confused with a dock plate. When deciding between a dock plate or board it’s important to factor in the capacity. The first question to consider is whether you will be using lift equipment to transport product out of the truck. This will automatically require a dock board due to capacity requirements and the need for side guard rails. To decide which capacity of dock board is required, add together the weight of the lift equipment and the maximum load weight of that equipment. If your forklift weighs 7,000 lbs. and has a 4,000 lbs. capacity, you should consider a board that holds at least 11,000 lbs.

We sell industry leading brands Bluff and Koke dock boards. When determining size needed, the width of the dock board should be 16 inches wider than the load. Talk with our sales team to find out which size dock board is right for you. Call us today at (800) 876-3736 or request a quote online.

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Advantages of Dock Boards

Dock boards are convenient platforms that are used to bridge the gap between a loading dock and a truck or trailer. Here are some benefits of using dock boards:

  • Added safety: Dock boards can help prevent accidents and injuries by providing a stable and secure surface for loading and unloading cargo. They can also reduce the risk of tripping and falling by creating a smooth transition between the dock and the truck.
  • Economical: Dock boards are a cost-effective solution for small and medium-sized businesses that do not have a permanent loading dock. They are much less expensive than installing a permanent dock and can be easily moved and stored when not in use.
  • Adaptable: Dock boards are available in a variety of sizes, materials, and weight capacities, making them suitable for a wide range of loading and unloading applications. They can be used with different types of vehicles, including trucks, trailers, and forklifts.
  • Simple to use: Dock boards are lightweight and easy to handle, making them simple to move and position as needed. They can also be quickly installed and removed, which helps to reduce loading and unloading times.
  • Durability: Dock boards are typically made from heavy-duty materials such as steel or aluminum, which makes them strong and durable. They can withstand heavy loads and frequent use without suffering damage or wear and tear.

Applications for Dock Boards

Dock boards are flexible loading and unloading platforms that can be used in an array of applications. Here are some common applications for dock boards:

  • Warehousing and Distribution: Dock boards are commonly used in warehouses and distribution centers to bridge the gap between a loading dock and a truck or trailer. They provide a stable and secure surface for workers to load and unload goods.
  • Manufacturing: Dock boards are also used in manufacturing facilities to move raw materials and finished products between the dock and trucks or trailers. They can be used with forklifts, pallet jacks, and other material handling equipment.
  • Retail: Retail stores use dock boards to receive shipments of goods, such as furniture, appliances, and large equipment. Dock boards allow for easy and efficient unloading of these items from trucks and trailers.
  • Construction: Dock boards are often used in construction sites to transport heavy equipment, such as bulldozers and cranes, from one location to another. They provide a sturdy and reliable platform for moving these items safely and efficiently.
  • Agriculture: Farmers and agricultural businesses use dock boards to load and unload livestock, such as cattle and horses, onto trucks and trailers. They provide a secure and stable surface for animals to walk on, reducing the risk of injury.

Dock Boards Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What size dock board do I need?
A:The size of the dock board you need will depend on the height of your loading dock and the height of the truck or trailer you are loading or unloading. It's important to choose a dock board that is the right size and weight capacity for your specific application.

Q: Are dock boards portable?
A: Portability is a key feature of dock boards, as it allows them to be moved and positioned as needed to accommodate various truck sizes and loading dock configurations. While dock boards are generally portable, it's important to choose the right type and capacity to match your specific application and load requirements. Dock boards come in various sizes and weight capacities, so selecting the appropriate one ensures safe and efficient operations. Additionally, it's essential to follow safety guidelines and procedures when moving and positioning dock boards to prevent accidents or damage to equipment.

Q: Can dock boards be used with forklifts?
A: Yes, dock boards can be used with forklifts and other material handling equipment, making them a versatile solution for loading and unloading cargo.

Q: What is the weight capacity of a dock board?
A:The weight capacity of a dock board will vary depending on the size and material. Most dock boards have weight capacities ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 pounds.

Q: Are dock boards suitable for heavy equipment and forklift traffic?
A: Dock boards have weight limits, so it's important to use them within their specified capacity. For heavy equipment and forklift traffic, you may need a dock leveler, which is designed for higher capacities.

Q: How do I ensure safety when using dock boards?
A: Safety measures when using dock boards include proper training for operators, weight capacity adherence, regular inspections, and following established safety protocols for loading and unloading operations.

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