4 Main Types of Dock Levelers

When you are in the market for some loading dock levelers for your loading dock there are a few things to consider. You need to know how frequently they will be used, the weight of your shipments, and the type of product you are bringing in. There are 4 main leveler designs to choose from and each has its own benefits. The 4 types are mechanical, hydraulic air, and vertical levelers.

Mechanical Dock Levelers

Mechanical levelers are the most versatile of the 4 main types. They are very simple to operate and the most cost effective. They do however, require more frequent maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Mechanical levelers are manually operated so there is no energy cost involved. They work great for many applications.

Hydraulic Dock Levelers

Hydraulic levelers are more expensive than mechanical ones but are worth the extra cost. These are ideal for a bustling warehouse that has a large volume of products coming in and out. Hydraulic levelers can handle heavy loads with ease and operate well in extreme weather conditions. Although they are more expensive they require less maintenance than mechanical levelers. They will also make your warehouse operations faster and efficient.

Vertical Dock Levelers

Vertical storing dock levelers are primarily used on loading docks where the internal temperature of the building needs to be controlled. They are run on a hydraulic system and stored vertically so that the overhead doors may close completely.  If your business deals with perishable food items or other materials that need to remain at a specific temperature these would be best for you.

Air Dock Levelers

Air powered dock levelers are operated by an inflated airbag. This dock lever is usually controlled only by the push of a button. These are best for operations dealing with highly alkaline or corrosive substances. They also operate well in extreme temperatures and with frequent heavy use. 

Dock Levelers with Altech Doors

Altech Doors carries mechanical, air bag, and hydraulically operated dock levelers. We provide a large range of weight capacities as well, ranging from 100 lbs to 80,000 lbs.  We offer truck restraints, dock seals, dock shelters, and bumpers as well. At Altech Doors we guarantee you great service and the results you want. If you would like more information about hollow metal doors or any of our services contact us online or at (734) 525-0875.