How To Choose A Dock Leveler

How To Choose A Dock Leveler

Mechanical vs Hydraulic Dock Levelers

Choosing the right dock levelers for your business and operations can seem like a daunting task for many. There are many factors to consider when it comes to finding a dock leveler that maximizes your company’s productivity as well as provides ease of operation for your business. Our company alone offers four various types of levelers to meet any person or business’ needs, and we recognize that it can be difficult to know which is the right fit for your company, so we wanted to provide you with a few points to consider when you are searching to choose the right dock leveler to add into your operations.
The difference between mechanical and hydraulic is fairly simple, although depending on your business the differences can make or break your operation.

Mechanical Dock Leveler

A mechanical dock leveler does not require electricity. The mechanism functions by means of a pully and chain contraption. It’s a simple and has a more affordable upfront cost. Mechanical dock levelers do seem to be harder on your employees because they require them to bend and strain more in order to have the dock leveler function. To lower this type of dock leveler, you simply need to walk out on it, and the weight of yourself will lower it down to function.
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Hydraulic Dock Leveler

A Hydraulic dock leveler is a longer lasting dock leveler that does not require as much effort on the side of the operator. These dock levelers feature controls that allow you to raise and lower the dock without any physical effort. The hydraulic dock leveler is going to be more costly up front, but will likely last longer.
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hydraulic conversion kit

What is best for you and your company?

When you are beginning the process of finding a dock leveler for your operation it’s important to recognize your needs. What are you searching for in a leveler? What functionality do you need your dock leveler to have? It’s crucial to know what you want out of your leveler and what needs you are trying to meet with it in order to make a good decision for which leveler will be the best addition for your ventures. Some things that might help you discover your needs are things like signaling, various control features, safety elements, and capacity ability. Certain industries have various environments as well as requirements for their work flow to function, recognizing your industries needs will be the first step in narrowing down what you are looking for in a dock leveler.

Once you have narrowed down each of the things that you need from your dock leveler, you’ll be able to think about other things such as maintenance costs. This is another important thing to consider when trying to find the right dock leveler for your business. Maintenance costs as well as lifespan vary between mechanical and hydraulic docks. A hydraulic dock leveler likely will cost more up front, but it’s been found that hydraulic dock levelers generally last longer than mechanical levelers which means that you more than likely will spend more maintaining and keeping up with your mechanical leveler.

The last thing we encourage people to consider is going to be what environment is your leveler going to be a part of? Think about your loading dock environment that you are trying to put a dock leveler in. Is your business heavily refrigerated? How much space do you have? Do your products vary – do you need something that is widely versatile? Think about the environment that you are in, not only with your facility, but also with your product. This might help you make a more pointed decision of which dock leveler is going to best serve you as well as provide you with the best functionality and maximize your productivity.

If you have questions about which dock leveler is right for you, contact us today! Our team has years of service with dock levelers and can help you decide which leveler is right for your company.

The NORDOCK® Specialty Dock Levelers Difference

Loading Dock Levelers: What's the Difference

Speed-Tech Equipment is your certified dealer for all of  Michigan. We have been selling their various types of loading dock levelers for the past several years.  

Mechanical Levelers

The mechanical dock levelers are easy-to-install, very affordable, have proven performance, and feature soft release action. They have been designed and built for the toughest loading dock environments. We offer the following NORDOCK® Series:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

AirDock Levelers

The NORDOCK® Airdock™ Levelers are designed with the patented ‘Next Generation Air’™ technology. This technology makes these levelers revolutionary in improving loading dock productivity and efficiency.

We provide these NORDOCK® series of their AirDock™ levelers:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

Nordock Airdock Levelers Industrial Series

Hydraulic Levelers

The next series of NORDOCK® levelers that we carry are the Hydraulic Series. These levelers are able to raise the deck to the needed height with the simple push of a button. This is made possible by utilizing a patented system of only one hydraulic cylinder. We sell five different NORDOCK® series of these levelers:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

hydraulic-levelers
SHF Hydraulic Dock Leveler

NORDOCK® Specialty Dock Levelers

The mechanical dock levelers are easy-to-install, very affordable, have proven performance, and feature soft release action. They have been designed and built for the toughest loading dock environments. We offer the following NORDOCK® Series:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

Not sure what type of leveler you need?

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We are here to help you find the best leveler suited for your loading dock based on your specific needs. What we have listed here are just brief introductions to each type of the NORDOCCK® levelers we sell. By answering any questions you may have, we’ll be able to help you determine which of the various series is the best solution for your particular loading dock.

Safety and Commercial Vehicle Restraints

Safety and Commercial Vehicle Restraints When it comes to safety, we are committed to investing in the protection of our own lives and the lives of others when purchasing safety equipment from Speed Tech Equipment.  When it comes to safety, we are committed to investing in the protection of our own lives and the lives of others when purchasing safety equipment from Speed Tech Equipment.

While dealing with automobiles, it is important to note the potential dangers, especially while dealing with large trucks and trailers. It only makes sense for us to be concerned about safety when enormous vehicles traveling in excess of 60mph are involved in moving heavy equipment.

These vehicle restraints offered by Speed Tech Equipment will assist in avoiding injury while projects are being completed. You can see a full line of what we offer below.  If you are looking for something not on the list, contact us, we might just have it available.

“Vehicle restraints are a critical factor when it comes to protecting us from injury to ourselves and others"

Loading Dock Vehicle Restraints

The NORDOCK® AR-9500 Impact Restraint is a rotating vehicle restraint that automatically adjusts to the height of your trailer to provide you with the safest loading experience possible.

This unit connects the rear guard rail of your vehicle to a large rotating hook which fastens your trailer to the loading dock. Attaching your trailer to the loading dock with this automatic hook keeps the trailer from rolling away and keeps your hands away from moving machinery. Without this device your trailer has the potential to roll away, causing possible injury or damage. Restraining your vehicle with this device keeps you and others around you safe.

Nordock AR-9500
nordock pit hook

The NORDOCK®Pit-Hook is a non-impact invisible alternative. This unit is mounted underneath the loading dock, away from any debris, and is designed to keep the area clear of possible hazards. Trailers are held tightly in place via the rear impact guard, stopping the trailer from slowly separating from the dock. Trailer creep may cause the trailer to inch forward until it is no longer being held in place.  Without this unit, when the trailer is released it may roll forward or topple over. With no control of the trailer, the user is putting themselves and those around them at risk of harm.This Pit-Hook will prevent trailer creep and keep the trailer in place.

The NORDOCK® TRUCK-LOCK® Series | Automatic Vehicle Restraints is an automatic system that secures a truck at the loading dock by connecting the rear impact guard with a large barrier. While loading, a positive contact is maintained by the HYDRA-FLOAT™ barrier that automatically adjusts to various truck heights.Once the rear impact guard is connected, a barrier-mounted sensor provides positive communication to the operator regarding the location of the trailer. This automation will keep the truck in a secure position while also allowing for less human error and fewer safety hazards.

NORDOCK® TRUCK-LOCK®
Nordock truck lock manual

The NORDOCK® TRUCK-LOCK® Series | Manual Vehicle Restraint locks trucks into place with 32,000 lb. of restraining force thus improving safety. It locks the truck by connecting the rear impact guard with a large barrier.

Positive communication verifying that the rear impact guard is connected is transmitted to the operator by the barrier-mounted sensor on the Model MTL-300. The spring-loaded barrier adjusts automatically to the different truck heights and sustains positive contact throughout loading operations. The positive connection alert allows the user to be sure of the connection before beginning operations, creating fewer safety issues.

Accidents happen every single day, but shouldn’t we be doing everything in our power to prevent them from happening? Safety should always be a major concern when working with heavy machinery and Speed Tech Equipment is here to provide products that help keep you on your feet and working safely. Browse through our website to view our Loading Dock Vehicle Restraints or call us to assist in finding the product that’s right for you.