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Used Dock Plates


Used Dock Plates for Sale

  • Dock plates bridge the gap between the loading dock and a trailer.
  • Made out of either steel or aluminum.
  • Steel plates suitable for heavy loads and forklifts.
  • Aluminum plates are suited for lighter loads, but can still handle hand carts, dollies, and manual pallet jacks.
  • ASI dock plates feature a diamond pattern to increase traction.
  • ASI pays top dollar for used dock plates: Learn More About Our Purchasing Program
Used Dock Plates
Used Dock Plates
  • Designed for pallet jacks
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  • Steel or Aluminum

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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 Plates

The major difference between used dock plates and use dock boards is capacity. They are similar in design and look except that dock plates do not have guide rails and dock boards do, and both types have skid-resistant surfaces to ensure safety. Other permanent dock equipment includes dock levelers and lifts, which are generally secured permanently at each dock opening.

Dock plates also do not contain guide rails, which is typical because they are only supporting foot traffic, warehouse carts, or pallet jacks (manual and electric). Usually the sides of a dock plate have brightly colored tape or spray to increase visibility and prevent injury.

Dock plates are typically made from aluminum, but heavier duty models are made of steel, and they allow for lighter loads. Hand carts and pallet jacks are used with this style, but forklifts and other lift equipment is too heavy. The capacity ranges from around 1,500 to 5,500 lbs., and they contain a 10 degree bend to allow it to be flush with the dock and the truck during loading and unloading.

Dock boards are made of steel and have side rails to prevent pallet jacks and forklifts from falling off. Their decking is made of diamond pattern flooring to prevent lift equipment wheels from sliding when traveling on an incline. Capacities range from 5,000 lbs. to 30,000 lbs., which is significantly higher.

Every used dock plate 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 Plates

Dock plates, also known as dock boards, are portable and lightweight ramps that are used to bridge the gap between a loading dock and a trailer or truck bed. Here are some pros of using dock plates:

  • Increased safety: Dock plates provide a smooth transition between the loading dock and the trailer, which reduces the risk of accidents caused by tripping or stumbling.
  • Versatility: Dock plates can be used in a variety of situations, such as when the height difference between the loading dock and the trailer is less than 4 inches, or when a loading dock is not available.
  • Easy to use: Dock plates are portable and can be moved by a single person, which makes them easy to use in different locations.
  • Improved efficiency: Dock plates allow for quicker loading and unloading of goods, which can increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Long-lasting durability: Dock plates are made of strong materials such as aluminum or steel, which makes them durable and long-lasting.

Applications for Dock Plates

Dock plates are beneficial for a variety of different industries where the environment can sometimes be harsh. The following are a few of the many applications dock plates can be used for:

  • Loading & unloading trucks: Dock plates are commonly used to bridge the gap between a loading dock and a truck or trailer bed, allowing for easy and safe movement of goods.
  • Warehousing: Dock plates are used in warehouses to facilitate the movement of goods between trucks and storage areas, and to minimize the risk of injury to workers.
  • Distribution centers: Dock plates are an essential tool for distribution centers, which rely on efficient loading and unloading processes to move products quickly and safely.
  • Manufacturing facilities: Dock plates are used in manufacturing facilities to facilitate the movement of raw materials and finished goods.
  • Retail and grocery stores: Dock plates are used by retail and grocery stores to receive shipments of products and to load goods onto trucks for distribution.
  • Construction sites: Dock plates can be used on construction sites to facilitate the movement of materials and equipment from trucks to job sites.

Popular Manufacturers of Dock Plates

  • Bluff Manufacturing
  • Kelley Dock Systems
  • Pioneer Dock Equipment
  • Handi-Ramp

Dock Plates are Also Called

  • Dock boards
  • Loading ramps
  • Trailer boards
  • Bridge plates
  • Truck plates
  • Loading dock plates
  • Loading dock boards
  • Loading dock ramps
  • Truck loading ramps
  • Loading ramp plates.

Dock Plates Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are dock plates made of?
A:Dock plates are typically made of aluminum or steel, which makes them strong and durable.

Q: How do I choose the right dock plate for my application?
A: The right dock plate will depend on the weight capacity of the forklift or other equipment that will be used to move the goods, as well as the size and height of the gap that needs to be bridged. Consult with the manufacturer or a dock equipment expert to determine the appropriate dock plate for your application.

Q: How do I properly use a dock plate?
A: To use a dock plate, position it securely on the edge of the loading dock and make sure it is resting flat on the trailer or truck bed. Drive the forklift or other equipment onto the dock plate slowly and carefully, and make sure the load is distributed evenly. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe use.

Q: Can dock plates be used for all types of vehicles?
A:Dock plates are designed to be used with certain types of vehicles, such as trucks or trailers with a similar height and size to the loading dock. They should not be used with vehicles that are significantly larger or smaller, or with vehicles that have uneven or curved surfaces.

Q: What is the weight capacity of a dock plate?
A: The weight capacity of a dock plate will depend on the specific model and manufacturer. Some dock plates have weight capacities of several thousand pounds, while others may have lower weight capacities. Consult with the manufacturer or a dock equipment expert to determine the appropriate weight capacity for your application.

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