Time is the secret to designing the perfect loading dock ramps. We design our ramps to save as much time as possible with the help of our unique hydraulics systems. Hydraulics is what allows the ramp to steadily rise and lower itself to match the height of docks and tractor trailers. However, not all hydraulics systems are made equal.
Most standard heavy duty ramps use double-acting hydraulic cylinders for vertical positioning. These systems can produce high levels of pressure, but they are not really necessary for most situations. More importantly, they are bulky and slow, which wastes time you could spend on other tasks.
Our single-acting hydraulic ramp design is the ideal choice for loading docks looking to minimize downtime and meet their quotas with time to spare. Here are some advantages of single-acting hydraulics you will not get with double-acting systems:
- Faster Setup – In comparison to double-acting ramps, a single-acting heavy duty ramp will raise 2.5X faster, and with the hand pump on the exterior, you can set up your ramp in half the time with half the effort.
- Better Balance & Stability – The single hydraulic cylinder is positioned at the center of the ramp. This prevents the ramp from wobbling or tipping as forklifts access the ramp from either side, making loading trucks a smoother, safer process.
- Compact Dimensions – Double-acting hydraulics are much larger, increasing the dimensions of the overall ramp. Single-acting hydraulics allow for a more compact design, so moving your ramp between tasks significantly less difficult.
Speaking of moving your ramp, Copperloy heavy duty ramps offer mobility features. These ramps are often called “portable loading docks” because they allow you to load trucks from almost anywhere. But these ramps can weigh upwards of 6,000 pounds, so you cannot just pull them around by hand. These features make maneuvering your ramp quick and easy whether you are accommodating a new shipment or moving the ramp to the opposite side of your loading dock: