How dock plates and dock boards differ

Difference between dock plates and dock boards

The main difference between dock plates and dock boards is capacity. They are both similar in design and look the same with one difference. Dock plates have no guide rails and dock boards do. They both have skid resistant surfaces for safety and are typically secured permanently at each dock opening.

Dock boards are made of steel with side rails and have the capability of serving forklifts or pallet jacks and are made of a diamond pattern to prevent the lift equipment from sliding when traveling on an incline. Typical capacities for dock boards can range from 5,000-30,000 lbs and up.

Dock plates don’t have the guide rails that dock boards do and are used mainly for foot traffic, carts or pallet jacks. The sides of dock plates typically have a bright colored spray or tape to prevent runoffs or injuries.

So, there you have it, the main difference between dock plates and dock boards. If you are interested or have any questions please call Medlin Ramps at (562) 229-1991

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