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Understanding Dock Plates

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DOCKBOARD/DOCKPLATE SURVEY

1. Description
• Dockboards (side curbs) are for use with fork trucks.
• Dockplates (no side curbs) are for use primarily with two and four wheel hand trucks and pallet jacks.

2. Determining Width
• Width of dockboard should be at least 15″ wider than load or equipment passing between curbs.
• If load does not pass between curbs but is elevated above, add 15″ to overall width of equipment. (Usable width is approximately 6″ less than overall width

3. Aluminum vs. Steel
Steel is recommended for high traffic areas. Aluminum provides portability and convenience.

4. Calculating Capacity
Capacity = Load + Weight of Fork Truck (Pallet Truck)

5. Calculating Height Differential

6. Determining Length

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