Edge of Dock Leveler2023-01-19T09:12:25-05:00

Edge of Dock Leveler

A Safer Way to Bridge Gaps at Your Loading Dock

What Is a Dock Leveler?

An edge of dock leveler (EOD) is used to bridge the gap from the edge of a loading area to a truck or ramp. As opposed to a dockboard, edge of dock levelers are fixed to the loading dock. Copperloy edge of dock levelers are ideal for use when trucks are backing up to a dock.

With a simple pull of the handle, the leveler will lift over the top truck height for easy positioning. They mount easily to most docks and are available in 66″, 72″, 78″, and 84″ widths. Our loading dock leveler is capable of servicing trucks 5″ above or below dock levels and is available in both 20,000 and 30,000 lb. models.

The Copperloy edge-of-dock leveler is the lowest cost solution to adapt your dock for varying truck bed heights. It is perfect for applications that do not support the installation of a pit-style leveler or loading docks that serve standard trailer heights. Edge of dock levelers are easy to operate and represent a safer alternative to dock plates. You can trust us as your #1 edge of dock leveler manufacturer.

Watch the dock equipment video below to learn more.


How to Use a Loading Dock Leveler

A loading dock leveler is a perfect solution for when dock space is limited, or when the working range of a full-size, pit-style edge of dock leveler is not needed. Each Copperloy edge of dock leveler is available with hydraulic or mechanical activation (lift) for smooth and reliable operation.

Simply pull back the handle and the lip will mechanically lift over the dock height. Then, a slight forward push of the handle will position the lip onto the truck floor. When you need to upgrade your loading dock equipment, consider edge of dock levelers to optimize your productivity.

All of our edge of dock levelers for sale are available with our quick, 3-day shipping. With loading dock equipment from Copperloy, you’ll get more done in less time, and increase your overall capabilities.

Edge of Dock Leveler

Top Benefits of Copperloy Edge of Dock Levelers

Copperloy edge of dock levelers are smooth and easy to operate. Whether using the handle or the wall-mounted push button (on the hydraulic unit) your EOD extends fully to the height of the trailer bed for safe freight handling. All the benefits of the mechanical system are also available in our hydraulic material handling warehouse dock leveler models.

Product durability: EODs are designed and engineered using a three-dimensional engineering software package.

Quick, easy lifting and positioning: Our exclusive lift mechanism and spring assembly sets the board in place with one-quarter the effort needed to operate conventional edge of dock levelers.

Push-button operation on hydraulic models: Easy operation will optimize your freight dock solutions.

Ideal for retrofit: The Copperloy edge of dock leveler easily mounts to the face of almost any dock. Transition plates and approach ramps are also available.

Safety: Every Copperloy edge of dock leveler is equipped with a safety maintenance strut to secure the unit while performing routine maintenance. Copperloy equipment is designed to meet OSHA laws and regulations to make your loading dock a safer place to work.

Low maintenance: Maintenance is reduced to simple lubrication of hinges which come equipped with grease fittings.

If you’re ready to upgrade your loading dock equipment, contact us today for more dock leveler details and learn about our edge of dock levelers price.

Warehouse Edge of Dock Leveler | The #1 Way To Stay Safe

A Copperloy edge of dock leveler is a great solution to make your loading and unloading dock safe. Not only is an edge of dock leveler for loading and unloading materials, but its innovative attributes are also designed to OSHA standards to keep your employees safe.

The warehouse edge of dock leveler should be installed into your facility’s designated loading dock  to allow forklifts to move materials with a smoother transition. Not only does this allow for the forklift operators to stay safe, but it decreases the chance of damaging products and materials in the loading/unloading process.

An edge of dock leveler has many safety precautions to allow for simple and safe use. The safety maintenance strut is a feature that will secure the edge of dock leveler in place for routine maintenance checks. A warehouse edge of dock leveler is low maintenance, simple to operate, and an overall essential device to keep your work environment safe.

Edge of Dock Features

Edge of Dock Leveler
Loading Dock Leveler Specifications

High strength low alloy (50,000 lb. Minimum Yield) tread plate, lip beveled for smooth transition.

Edge of Dock Leveler

Bumpers 16″. Ramp 13 1/2″ in the stored position. The lip extends 12″ beyond the bumpers on standard lip models and 14″ on refer lip models.

Edge of Dock Leveler

4″ x 13″ x 10″ molded reinforced rubber mounted to the steel box frame. Optional 4″ x 12″ x 13″ bumper assembly.

Edge of Dock Leveler
Lift Assist

Dual extension springs.

Edge of Dock Leveler

The unit is completely cleaned, deburred and painted gray.

Edge of Dock Leveler
Service Range

Capable of servicing trucks 5″ above and 5″ below the dock.

Edge of Dock Leveler

20,000 lb. and 30,000 lb.

Edge of Dock Leveler

66″, 72″, 78″, 84″

Edge of Dock Leveler

Consult the factory for more information:

  • Refer Lip
  • Reduced Lip bend
  • In-Board Handle Assembly
  • Hydraulic Model – 115/230 VAC Single Phase

Dock Leveler Installation

For proper dock level installation, it is crucial the installer reviews the edge-of-dock manual and considers the precautions. Initially, it is the installer’s responsibility to evaluate the health of the dock area and make any necessary repairs.

All anchors must have a minimum strength in shear of 10,000 lbs force and a minimum of 6,000 lb pullout strength in uncracked concrete. The dock leveler must also comply with all local codes.

Consult with a member of our Copperloy team for a complete overview of the proper installment steps and the edge of dock leveler cost. Also, check out the video below and the owner’s manual for a list of tips! And don’t forget, you can expand your loading dock capacity too with our portable, mobile yard ramp.


How thick is the steel on the dock leveler?

On our 20k capacity, it is ⅜” thick.
On our 30k capacity, it is ½” thick.

What is the diameter of the edge of dock handle?

1.315″ diameter.

How much force is on the lever?


What is the freight class for an edge of dock for shipping?

Freight class 60.

What lip sizes do you have?

On our standard edge of dock, the lip is 14.4″, and on our refer edge of dock, the lip is 16″.

What is the lip projection of a loading dock leveler?

On our standard loading dock leveler, the projection is 12″ and on our refer dock leveler the projection is 14″.

What is the height range on edge of dock levelers?

+ 0r – 5″.

Can you reduce the bend on your dock levelers?

Yes. we can reduce the bend from our standard 8˚to 5˚. The height range will change to + or – 3″ (not available on our Refer Models).

Dock Equipment | Additional Videos

View our loading dock equipment videos here and visit us on YouTube for more of our videos!

How much do edge of dock levelers weigh?

489 lbs.
563 lbs.
SEL2066CRG 504 lbs. SEL3072CRG 583 lbs.
SEL2072CG 505 lbs. SEL3078CG 598 lbs.
SEL2072CRG 520 lbs. SEL3078CRG 615 lbs.
SEL3066CG 524 lbs. SEL3084CG 625 lbs.
SEL3066CRG 539 lbs. SEL3084CRG 642 lbs.

Can anything be added to the bumpers to prolong wear?

Yes, we can add Steel face bumper guards.

How many dock levelers can fit on a pallet?

We can ship up to 6 dock levelers on one pallet.

How far apart are the holes on the 2-hole bumpers?

The holes are 7″ apart on center.

Why do I need a refer lip EOD?

Our refer model EOD is used for refrigerated trucks.

Can you make an EOD with no bends?

NO, an EOD will not work with any bends. The EOD will hit the truck and not be able to extend.

What does a loading dock leveler come with?

Our edge of dock levelers come with (2) steel bumper blocks, (2) rubber bumpers, and an activation handle.

What type of channel is required for installing a dock edge?

We recommend a minimum of an 8″ steel channel with upper and lower straps alternating every 10″ with end straps on top.

How does a dock leveler attach to the dock?

The edge of dock leveler should be continuously welded to the dock edge channel. If a channel is not present then a transition plate is required.

Can an existing dock edge be converted to a hydraulic dock edge?

Yes. A hydraulic power pack can be added to a manual dock edge to convert it to a hydraulic dock edge.

Can pallet jacks be used on an edge of dock?

Pallet jacks are not recommended on an edge of dock. It will be very bumpy for a pallet jack and it could bottom out with any height variation.

How long is an edge of dock activation handle?

The activation handle is 42″ long.

Find more answers to common yard ramp questions on our yard ramp resources page or Wikipedia.

Loading Dock Levelers | What You Should Know<

Like any piece of equipment at a loading dock, an edge of dock leveler can be highly beneficial, but it will only work well if it is operated correctly, and safety can only be guaranteed if the safety guidelines are followed. Here are some important tips and factors to keep in mind as you activate and operate your edge of dock leveler.

Edge-of-Dock Dock Leveler Safety Precautions



Ensure the trailer is backed in against bumpers before activating. Exceed 5 mph when driving on the leveler.
Remove any end loads if required. Exceed the rated capacity of the leveler.
Check trailer alignment to avoid lip interference. If lip does not lower to the trailer bed, be sure to reposition the vehicle Travel on the leveler unless the lip is securely on the truck floor. There should be a minimum of 4” overlap onto the truck bed.
Chock truck wheels or lock the truck in place with a restraining device and set brakes. Use this unit to service trailers outside its intended working range, which is 5” above and 5” below dock height.
Ensure that no equipment, material, or people are on the dock leveler before the vehicle leaves. Use the dock leveler if it looks broken or if it is not operating correctly.
Return the dock leveler to its stored position. Use the dock leveler if operating it causes undue physical strain or impairment.
Always keep both hands firmly on the hand leveler while raising or lowering, and keep other body parts clear

For other safety precautions, reference our full manual.

Edge-of-Dock dock leveler Operation

Now that you have installed your dock leveler, it is finally time for the fun part – operating it. We have instructions for hydraulic operation in our manual. Here are some high points in regard to operating a non-hydraulic edge of dock leveler.

It is essential to reference all safety points before beginning to operate our edge-of-dock dock leveler.

Before operating a dock leveler it is important to understand the basic concept of how this equipment is meant to work.

The edge-of-dock dock leveler is intended to bridge any gaps caused by height differences between a loading dock and a freight carrier. Filling these gaps makes for safer and more efficient freight transfer. Our mechanical edge-of-dock dock leveler is spring counterbalanced. The hand leveler is used to position the ramp and the lip onto the truck bed and also to return the dock leveler to the store position. The hand leveler also controls the lip extension link. Moving the lever forward extends the lip of the dock leveler onto the truck, and then off the truck after the load has been moved.

With those basics in mind, here are the steps required to operate a Copperloy edge-of-dock dock leveler.

Step 1: Wait until the truck is in the proper position against the dock bumpers. Doing anything prematurely can result in property damage and/or serious injuries.

Step 2: Alert the driver of the industrial vehicle that the truck needs to stay at the dock

Step 3: Chock or hitch the truck at that point.

Step 4: Remove the end loads once the dock leveler is in the stored position.

Step 5: Now it’s time to extend the dock leveler lip into the truck.

Step 5.1: Insert the hand leveler into the lever socket you’ll see on the right side of the ramp plate. Make sure you keep both hands firmly on the hand leveler while you are lowering or raising the dock leveler, and keep all other people and body parts clear. Never use legs or feet to move or hold the hand lever.

Step 5.2: Pull back the hand lever until the lip extender link is properly situated on the extender pivot bushing (for diagrams please reference our manual).

Step 5.3: Raise the hand lever so that the lip extends as the ramp is lowered.

Step 5.4: Once the dock leveler is securely on the truck bed, the hand lever can be removed. Do not operate the dock leveler when anyone is on it or in front of it, and all personnel should stand clear while the dock leveler is moving. No one should walk or drive on the dock leveler or lip until it is fully extended and supported by the truck bed. Do Not use a fork truck or any other material handling equipment to lower the ramp or the lip section. The dock leveler should be operated only as indicated here.

Step 6: The team can now load or unload.

Step 7: Once everything has been loaded or unloaded, the dock leveler can be returned to its stored position. The hand lever is reinserted into the socket on the right side of the ramp plate. Pull on the hand lever until the lip clears the truck bed. Once everything is in its stored position, the hand lever can be removed and the truck can be un-chocked or released. Make sure the truck does not leave before the dock leveler is in its fully stored position. If the truck pulls away too soon, the lip will fall to the pendant position. The hand lever needs to be used to return the dock leveler to its proper position or serious injury or death can result.

Step 8: Verbally alert the drier that the truck can leave the dock once everything is secure.

Go to Top