Uline Logo Dock Boards and Dock Plates Guide

Use this guide to determine which dock board and dock plate are right for you.

Height Differential
Height Differential

The difference in height between the dock and the truck bed. Most trailers feature a 55" truck bed height. Refrigerated trailers are usually 59".


The dock board width should exceed the overall width of the pallet or vehicle used by at least 12-18". Wider boards allow for improved mobility and efficiency.

Capacity Selection Chart
Lifting Capacity (LBS) Board
Capacity (LBS)
3-Wheel Forklift 4-Wheel Forklift
2,000 - 2,500 2,000 - 3,000 10,000
2,500 - 3,500 3,000 - 5,000 15,000
3,500 - 5,000 5,000 - 6,000 20,000

Dock Plate: The capacity must exceed the combined weight of the heaviest load and the vehicle's weight.

Dock Board: Three times the vehicle lifting capacity. More for three-wheeled forklifts.

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