Dock Leveler

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What is a Dock Leveler

A dock leveler, also referred to as a dock ramp or loading dock leveler, is a mechanical device utilized to bridge the gap between a loading dock and a truck or trailer. Its primary objective is to facilitate the safe and efficient loading and unloading of goods or materials.

Dock levelers ensure a seamless transition between the dock and the truck bed, enabling smooth movement of forklifts and other material handling equipment. They compensate for differences in height and potential unevenness, guaranteeing a stable and secure transfer of goods.

These essential devices are typically installed in loading docks found in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and other commercial or industrial settings. They are available in various types, including hydraulic, mechanical, and air-powered, each employing its distinct method of operation.

Hydraulic dock levelers utilize hydraulic cylinders to raise and lower the platform, delivering controlled and smooth movement. Mechanical dock levelers rely on springs and levers to achieve the same purpose. Air-powered dock levelers utilize airbags or air chambers for efficient platform elevation and descent.

Dock levelers are designed with safety as a top priority, incorporating features to ensure secure operation. These safety features may include lip extension plates that bridge the gap between the dock and the truck, safety legs or supports to enhance stability, and safety locks or restraints to prevent unintentional movement during the loading or unloading process.

In summary, dock levelers play a crucial role in streamlining the loading and unloading process, enhancing efficiency, and prioritizing safety at loading docks.

Our Models of Dock Leveler

XYZCP-6 6 2500*2000*600 380/0.75
XYZCP-8 8 2500*2000*600 380/0.75
XYZCP-10 10 2500*2000*600 380/0.75

Platform size,load capacity could be customsized.

Major Components for Dock Leveler

By tongue plate, panel, bottom frame, skirt plate, support foot, large plate oil cylinder, tongue oil cylinder, electric control box, hydraulic station, maintenance support, anti-collision block


Tongue Plate

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Bottom Frame

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Skirt Plate

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Support Foot

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Large Plate Oil Cylinder

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Tongue Oil Cylinder

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Pumping station

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Tongue Plate

The tongue plate of a dock leveler serves as the crucial bridge between trucks and the dock leveler during the loading and unloading of cargo.When a truck is positioned at the loading dock, the tongue plate extends from the dock leveler to connect with the truck bed. This connection forms a secure and stable link, allowing forklifts or other material handling equipment to smoothly move between the dock and the truck.



The dock panel of a dock leveler serves as an anti-skid plate, providing a secure and slip-resistant surface for loading and unloading operations. Its design and specifications are determined based on the load capacity requirements of the dock leveler.The base structure of the dock panel is carefully designed to ensure it can withstand the anticipated load capacity. The structural components are engineered to provide sufficient strength and support, guaranteeing safe and reliable performance during cargo transfers.


Bottom Frame

Our dock levelers feature a robust bottom frame constructed from carefully selected rectangular steel tubes. The size of the frame is customized based on the load capacity and platform size, ensuring exceptional support and stability. We prioritize structural integrity and durability, utilizing thicker and stronger steel tubes for higher load capacities. With our high-quality dock levelers, you can expect reliable performance and longevity. Contact us today to explore our range of dock levelers and discover the ideal solution for your business


Skirt Plate

The skirt plates are securely attached to the sides of the dock leveler, extending downward to cover the open area beneath the platform. They act as a visual reminder and physical deterrent, ensuring that individuals remain in the safe designated areas while the dock leveler is in use.


Support Foot

The support foot is designed to provide additional stability and support, specifically during maintenance procedures.When maintenance or servicing is required, the support foot is engaged to provide a solid base for the dock leveler. It acts as a safety support, preventing any unintentional movement or instability while personnel are working on or around the equipment.


Large Plate Oil Cylinder

We e prioritize efficiency and reliability in our dock levelers. The Large Plate Oil Cylinder is carefully selected and engineered to ensure it can handle the anticipated load capacity with ease. By providing the appropriate size of the oil cylinder, we guarantee optimal performance and safety during the lifting operation。


Tongue Oil Cylinder

The Tongue Oil Cylinder is responsible for lifting the tongue plate of the dock leveler up and down, ensuring that it aligns with the truck at the correct position.


Pumping station

The pumping station of our dock leveler is designed with a power capacity that aligns with the load capacity of the dock leveler. This ensures optimal performance and efficiency during operation. Additionally, our pumping station is equipped with a motor that includes an emergency decline feature. In the event of a power failure, the emergency decline allows for controlled lowering of the dock leveler, ensuring safe and reliable operation even without a power source.

Deck Leveller Surface Treatment

Dock Leveller With Galvanized

Enhanced outdoor rust resistance capabilities.

Color optional

The color of dock levelers can be customized according to surroundings.

Surface coated in RAL colors

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Applications for Dock Leveler

 5 Customized Goods Lift with Special Surface Treatment or Functions

Scissor Lift With Galvanized
Scissor Lift With Stainless Steel
Scissor Lift With Explosion Proof
Scissor Lift With Tilt Platform
Scissor Lift With Turnable
Scissor Lift With Turnable

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Operation & Maintenance

If you encounter any problems while using our dock levelers, our experienced after-sales team will assist you in resolving them quickly.

Safety first concept.
Safety Instruction

Safety instructions posted next to dock leveller control buttons for secure machine operation.

Operation Guideline

before operate goods lift, ready operation giuideline to operate dock leveller on right way

Maintenance Engineer
Maintenance Guideline

We provide a detailed daily maintenance checklist to ensure proper upkeep of the dock leveller.

Most Frequently Questions.

The delivery time for our goods lifts is 3–5 days from the order deposit. Dock leveller we have stock for standard size.

To accurately specify a dock leveller, we require the following information:Load capacity: Weight and type of materials and forklift to be lifted
Platform size: Size slightly larger than the materials being lifted.

Motor is produced according to customer local voltage.

Our heavy-duty dock leveller can lift items weighing up to 100 tons.

  1. Enhanced Efficiency: Dock levelers streamline the loading and unloading process, allowing forklifts and material handling equipment to move smoothly between the dock and trucks. This improves productivity and reduces downtime.

  2. Improved Safety: Dock levelers are designed with safety features such as lip extension plates, safety locks, and sturdy construction to ensure secure operations and prevent accidents or injuries during loading and unloading.

  3. Customizable Options: Dock levelers can be customized to meet your specific requirements, including load capacity, platform size, and lifting mechanisms. This ensures that the dock leveler fits your unique operational needs.

  4. Durability and Longevity: High-quality dock levelers are built to withstand heavy usage and harsh environments, ensuring long-term durability and minimizing maintenance requirements.

  5. Cost Savings: Efficient loading and unloading processes with dock levelers result in time savings, improved labor productivity, and reduced product damage. This leads to cost savings in the long run.

  6. Versatility: Dock levelers can be used in various commercial and industrial settings, including warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and more, making them a versatile solution for different applications.

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Safety Instructions for Dock Leveller

  1. Only trained and authorized personnel should operate the equipment.
  2. The dock leveller should not be used to lift people.
  3. Do not exceed the Safe Working Load (SWL) of the lift platform.
  4. Ensure that loads are centered on the lift platform.
  5. If the load is mobile, secure it in a fixed position before operating the lift.
  6. Keep the entire load within the perimeter of the platform during lift operation.
  7. Maintain clear areas beneath the platform and around the lift’s perimeter while it is in motion.
  8. Never work under the lift without the maintenance device(s) in place.

Operation Guideline for Dock Leveller

  1. Turn the power switch to “ON” after inserting the key.
  2. Release the Emergency Stop Button on the power station and control boxes.
  3. Ensure all doors are closed before operating the Lift Platform.
  4. Press the UP Button to raise the Lift Platform until it reaches the designated upper height.
  5. Press the DOWN Button to lower the Lift Platform until it reaches the designated lower height.
  6. Press the Emergency Stop Button in case of an emergency to halt the movement.
  7. In the event of control or power failure, open the Emergency Down Valve to lower the Lift Platform to the parking position.
  8. Turn off the Lift Platform by lowering it to the parking position and switching the power key to the “OFF” position.

Maintenance Guideline for Dock Leveller

  1. Daily inspection

Daily inspection is effective to find the malfunction or fault on the dock leveller. Before operation, check the lift according to the following points.

CAUTION!   Do not use the dock leveller if any malfunction or fault is found.

  • Check scratches, bending or crack on the lift.
  • Check smooth movement of the platform.
  • Check control panel ensure well working.
  • Check if there is any hydraulic oil leakage.
  • Check the vertical creep of the platform.
  1. Maintenance instructions
Inspection Contents Standard
Every 1 month
Lubricate all the joints and pivot points Keep lubricated
Limit switch for all floors Running normally
Guard-lock switch for landing door Running normally
Guard-lock switch for platform door Running normally
Motor pump station Running normally
Warning light Running normally
Control cabinet terminals No looseness, no damage
Chains No looseness, no damage
Wire ropes No looseness, no damage
Guide rails No deformation
Guard net No damage
All electric wires No damage
Accompanying cable No damage
Every 6 months
Check oil level of oil tank Keep clean and no oil leakage
Check the cleanliness of oil filter Keep clean
Fasten all the connecting parts again Fastened tightly
Check wear and tear of pressure oil pipes Replace new one if badly worn
Check hydraulic cylinder Keep no oil leakage
Fix main parts tighten again Fastened tightly
Check the function of micro-switches Running normally
Check whole working state of the lift Running normally
Every 1 year
Check wear and tear of all axial bushes No damage
Replace hydraulic oil Accumulated working 1000 hours
Check oil leaking No oil leakage
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