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Used Dock Boards


Used Dock Boards for Sale

  • Like dock plates, dock boards bridge the gap between a trailer and the edge of the loading dock.
  • Suited to handle more weight than a dock plate.
  • Diamond pattern plated to prevent wheel from slipping at an incline.
  • Curbs to prevent product from falling off the sides.
  • T-bar legs for added support.
  • ASI pays top dollar for used dock boards: Learn More About Our Purchasing Program
Used Dock Boards
Used Dock Boards
  • Designed for Forklift Use
  • Click for current inventory
  • Bridge gap b/w dock & trailer

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We Buy Used Warehouse Equipment

Are you moving or liquidating your facility and looking to sell your used warehouse equipment or material? American Surplus Inc. can help! American Surplus Inc. offers a purchasing program for new and used warehouse and material handling equipment. Learn more about our purchasing program online or call our sales office at (800) 876-3736 to get started.

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About Dock Boards

The main aspects to consider when choosing dock equipment is capacity, width, and length.

Capacity is the most important factor to consider when deciding between a dock plate or a dock board. 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.

In manual applications, the width of the dock plate or dock board should be at least 8'' inches wider than the overall width of the equipment. For powered operations, the width should be at least 16'' wider than the overall width of the equipment.

The proper length is determined by the height difference between the loading dock and the floor of the truck. This equipment has a maximum height differential, so a longer board can accommodate a greater range of height differences. Exceeding this angle will potentially dislodge the safety leg holding it in place, allowing it to shift and become unstable.

Every used dock board that leaves our warehouse is inspected prior to shipment to ensure that only the highest quality used equipment reaches our customers. Contact a member of our sales team to learn more about our current inventory of used dock plates, as well as our full selection of used dock equipment

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.

Popular Manufacturers of Dock Boards

  • Bluff Manufacturing
  • Dura-Ramp
  • Nordock
  • Handi-Ramp
  • Pentalift
  • Rite-Hite

Dock Boards are Also Called

  • Dock boards
  • Dock plates
  • Loading dock boards
  • Loading dock plates
  • Portable dock boards
  • Portable dock plates
  • Aluminum dock boards
  • Steel dock boards
  • Forklift dock plates
  • Truck dock plates.

Dock Boards Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are dock boards used for?
A:Dock boards are used to bridge the gap between a loading dock and a truck or trailer, providing a safe and stable surface for loading and unloading cargo.

Q: What materials are dock boards made from?
A: Dock boards are typically made from aluminum, steel, or a combination of the two, depending on the weight capacity and intended use.

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: How do I install a dock board?
A: Regular maintenance is important to ensure that your dock board remains in good condition. This includes inspecting it for damage or wear, cleaning it regularly, and lubricating any moving parts.

Q: Are dock boards portable?
A: Yes, dock boards are designed to be portable, making them easy to move and store when not in use.

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: 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.

Everything You Need To Know About Dock Plates & Dock Boards

dock board or dock plate
Dock boards and dock plates are a portable solution to bridging the gap from the edge of a dock to an open truck bed. This can be a problem because trucks vary in height, so there is a gap and a height difference to consider. Both styles come in varying capacities that allow for anything from foot travel to lift equipment. Learn More