4 Tips to Consider When Choosing a Dock Leveler for your Business Facilities’ Loading Dock System


Facility managers are always faced with the challenges when it comes to choosing the right loading dock leveler for their warehouses or factory. Either you are a newbie, or a veteran warehouse manager the tasks at hand could mean either a highly efficient and effective productive business or a total disaster. There are several factors to be considered like trailer designs changing, dock leveler’s technological advancements, and a vast market of commercial vendors in the loading dock industry. Check out below some points to consider in choosing a dock leveler for your business:

  • Tip No. 1: Easy Operability

Convenience and easy to operate are important elements in selecting the right dock leveler. Your team would simply operate the machinery with no hassles from installation to a functioning unit. Usually, most dock levelers still need people to be trained both theoretically and on practical use, select dock levelers that are simple, easy and free-of-over-technicalities. Beneficial additions would be big savings for the training seminar which includes workers, trainers and facility downtime operation hours, which affects the company bottom line profits.

When it comes to convenience, consider Action Automatic Door & Gate’s air-powered dock levelers. Air-powered dock levelers are the first invented dock levelers which were designed to help workers transport goods and items at their convenience and ease of use:

1.Serco Air Bag Dock Leveler Model AB

Serco’s airbag dock leveler is safe and easier to operate with a push a button. Workers would no more have back-wrenching pulling of chains, walking down the deck and no springs or hold-down to repair or replace.

2.Serco Air Powered Edge-of-Dock Model

This air-powered edge-of-dock leveler eliminates manual lifting with its patented high volume, low-pressure airbag lift system. Specially designed with a lift system that fully operates under extreme temperatures of -65 to 180 F (-53 to 82 C).

  • Tip No. 2: Low Maintenance

Some facility planners and decision managers failed and neglected small and long-term factors- systems maintenance costs. While others are budget-wise when it comes to assessing the various market’s competitive pricing, however, it made an oversight on the quality of the product design specifically how the system will require maintenance and its costs.

Commonly, hydraulic systems require less maintenance compared to other types of leveler system, however, some levelers might be more of an upfront design investment. More considerations that need to be evaluated such as how would the system lower the maintenance cost, pre-emptive adjustments to hold down the system and mechanical failure due to overage and usage.

1.Serco Hydraulic Dock Leveler Model HLQ

Designed with new and exclusive SafeTFrame® design, patented HYDRA MAX® powered-in/powered-out lip extension and regenerative hydraulics makes this your ideal low maintenance dock leveler.

2.Serco Hydraulic Dock Leveler Model HLR

The same model version designs as Model HLQ, provided as an additional variety of engineered designs to suit ideally for different customer specification needs.

3.Serco Hydraulic Edge-of-Dock Model

Custom built with an efficient and reliable hydraulic lifting system, and with exclusive Lug Style Lip Hinge provides superior strength and extended life makes it your low maintenance dock leveler.

4.Serco Hydraulic Dock Leveler Model HD

It also has low maintenance considering its regenerative hydraulics, patented HYDRA MAX® powered-in/powered-out lip extension, and heavy-duty B410-14F dock bumpers.

5.Serco Mechanical Dock Leveler Model WL

Mechanical dock levelers are considered also low maintenance equipment, considering some notable designs like exclusive HYDRA CAM™ Plus automatic lip extension, CLEAN FRAME® design, and heavy-duty B410-14F dock bumpers.

6.Serco Mechanical Dock Leveler Model WS

Much more alike Model WL, with specifications like the new, exclusive SafeTFrame® Design, single adjustment points extension spring counterbalance and integral maintenance strut & lip support latch.

7.Serco Mechanical Edge-of-Dock Leveler

Customized with exclusive lug style lip hinge provides superior strength and extended life, high strength steel tread plate (ramp & lip) and robotic welding for improved strength, quality and consistency.

  • Tip No. 3: Leveler Dimension and Size

It is vitally important that facility engineers and planners must consider the leveler capacity when making their business plan. Analyzing and evaluating several factors down to the last detail like the number of service trucks per day, loads per truck, and sizes of loads per trailer trucks, are the small things that should be considered a big factor by turning small gains to the company opportunities.

Action Automatic Door & Gate’s specialty dock leveler models products are flexible and compatible when it comes to docking leveler capacity requirements. We have a range of specialty dock models namely:

-Serco Versadock Dock Leveler

-Serco Power-Assisted Dock Leveler Model PAL

-Serco’s Power-Assisted Leveler

-Serco Vertical Dock Leveler

-Serco Vertical Hydraulic Rail Leveler


  • Tip No. 4: Budget

Definitely yes, budget constraint is a must. As most dock levelers are highly low-priced and competitive, full considerations as to how that chosen to dock leveler can fully function efficiently and effectively, improve fully the productivity and overall have more savings on time and effort.

Action Automatic Door & Gate has several dock in-plant lifts models: 

-Serco Level Lift Model

-Serco Rail Lift Model

-Serco Loadwarrior Air Lift Model

-Serco Loadwarrior Turntable Model

-Serco Scissors Dock Lift Model SDL68-5

-Serco Loadwarrior Double Scissors Table Model

-Serco Loadwarrior Tilter Model

-Serco Loadwarrior Scissor Table Model

-APS Dockleveler T-Track PVC Weather Seal

-APS Dock Stufr

-APS Dockleveler T-Track Brush Weather Seal

-APS Chain Sealer

-APS Flexback Panel

-APS Z-Track Guard

AtAction Automatic Door & Gate, we have a full line of dock levelers at our loading dock levelers Naples FL. Our professional sales consultants will help you find the perfect solution for your needs and your budget. We can be reached at Lee County: 239-768-3667, Collier County: 239-643-3667, Charlotte County: 941-627-0150 and Southwest Florida: 800-375-3667.;

In January 2018, ;Action Automatic Door & Gate became a division of DuraServ Corp., since 1981, Action has been providing homeowners and businesses with the highest quality products and service of garage doors, openersgates, access systems, and commercial door systems in Southwest Florida.

We also offer free estimates at http://bit.ly/actiondoor-request-quote, our Service Technicians would be happy to serve and can provide you with any loading dock queries, or you can directly make a service call at http://bit.ly/actiondoor-scheduleservice.

You can also visit us personally at our Service Area Offices: Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, Marco Island, Naples, Port Charlotte, North Port, Punta Gorda, Venice and Sarasota.

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