Dock boards (dockboards) and dock plates (dockplates) are very different and often called by the wrong name. Learn the difference between dock plates and dock boards:
Dock Plates are rectangles of steel or aluminum with some type of locking leg and either a hand hole or handles to manually move them.
They offer the lightest and most cost-effective answer to your loading and unloading problem.
Dock Boards are like plates but with the addition of structural components above the plate (curbs) and sometimes with rail boards.
→ Aluminum dockplates and dockboards are considerably lighter than steel. Ideal for light capacity applications.
→ Aluminum is ideal when sparking is a concern.
→ Aluminum does not rust to the same extent that steel does making it an excellent choice for corrosive environments
→ Steel is a better alternative for higher capacity applications.
→ Steel is much more durable with a longer life span.
→ Steel boards tend to be less expensive.
To determine the proper length and width of your dockplate or dockboard Koke, Inc. suggest considering the following:
To determine the proper length of a dockplate or dockboard, two items are required:
1.1 The Height Differential
Height of the highest trailer (TH) minus the dock height (DH) equals the height differential (H).
TH _______ - DH ______ = H ______
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1.2 Type of Loading Equipment being used
Forklift, pallet truck, hand truck, etc.
Koke, Inc. recommends a dockboard or dockplate width of at least 12” wider than the overall width of the equipment or pallet used. Wider boards or plates increase maneuverability.
- Dockplates: WEIGHT of maximum load and equipment = MINIMUM capacity required.
- Dockboards (with curbs): CAPACITY of the highest capacity vehicle to be
used X 3 = MINIMUM capacity required.
For 3 wheel forklifts, Koke Inc ONLY recommends steel dockboards
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