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Dock Boards and Plates: The Economical Loading Dock Solution

Aluminum Dock Plates


Loading docks present facilities with unique problems. What is the best and most cost effective way to bridge the gap between the dock and the truck for loading and unloading? If you have a low volume dock an affordable solution is an aluminum dock board or aluminum dock plate can deliver for your company.


Making Loading Dock Operations Easier

Whether you are using a forklift, pallet truck, or hand truck to get goods on and off the truck, an aluminum dock plate or dock board can do the job. These lightweight units can often be moved by a single person and are OSHA compliant. Dock boards and plates can handle anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 lbs. depending on model. Beveled edges make entry onto the dock board or plate smooth while contrasting curb colors on some models increase visibility making entry and exit a breeze for operators.


How to Select Aluminum Dock Boards

Aluminum Dock Boards

Picking the right dock board or dock plate for your facility is an important decision. Start by taking note of your load weight and measurements. A dock board should be at least 15” wider than the load passing over it. If you are using a three-wheeled forklift on the job, the dock board should have at least four times the lifting capacity of the forklift.


High-strength aluminum construction ensures that dock boards and plates will be a long-lasting, easy to transport solution without a high upfront cost. Loading and unloading trucks doesn’t have to be complicated. With a small investment in the right piece of equipment, you can simplify your work flow and speed up loading dock operations.


Vestil aluminum dock boards and dock plates deliver the loading dock solutions you need at an economical price. HOF Equipment Company carries a wide variety of material handling equipment. Please contact us at 888.990.1150 with any questions or visit for further information.