Dock Plates & Boards

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Dock boards and dock plates are very different and often called by the wrong name.

Dock Plates are rectangles of steel or aluminum with some type of locking leg and either hand hole or handles to move them. Plates are NEVER for power equipment. They are ideal for handtruck and pallet jack traffic … manually moved. They offer the lightest and most cost effective answer to your loading / unloading problem.

Dock Boards are like plates but with the addition of structural components above the plate (curbs) and sometimes on the underside as is the case with rail boards. There are different types of locking devices from fixed legs to drop pins or locking rings.Dock Boards are for forklift and other vehicle traffic. They are best specified by an expert who can take all aspects of your application into consideration. With the correct dock board you can expect SAFETY – LONGEVITY – PRODUCTIVITY.

Aluminum vs Steel Dock Equipment

Dock Plates – A lot of time aluminum makes sense because of the lighter capacity and the need to manually move the dock plate.

Dock BoardsAluminum dock boards are almost NEVER the best choice. Aluminum is much softer than steel and almost anything you do to it weakens it. Steel Dock Boards carry higher capacities. Steel is much more durable and since the board, even if it is built from aluminum is too heavy to manually move, aluminum’s one value is countered. Next time you drive home count how many aluminum bridges you cross.

Shipping Container Ramps

The perfect answer for loading and unloading freight from shipping containers.

The JMH Shipping Container Ramp is used to load and unload cargofrom shipping containers with a forklift. It allows you to safely navigate the transition from ground to the bed of the shipping container.

  • Rugged
  • Efficient
  • Safe
  • Economical

JMH Container Ramps are built tough to withstand heavy use. They are built to last.

These Shipping Container Ramps feature a full width stiffener to provide strength and to bump up against the container. Locking chains with a specially designed keeper allow you to easily lock it into the holes in the container. After the keepers are in place, taking up the slack in the chain is simple and quick with the sturdy grab notch bracket welded to the sides of the Container Ramp. The result is a safe, sturdy loading ramp locked firmly to the shipping container. You can now load and unload your container safely – AND QUICKLY!

Shipping Container Ramps are available in 15K, 20K, 25K, and 30K capacities. Other sizes available.

Manufactured and tested in compliance with ANSI Standard MH30.2


Rail Board (R)

  • All welded steel construction
  • Capacities from 15,000 to 80,000 pounds
  • Rectangular or flared design
  • Box understructure for strength and safety
  • Heavy-duty drop ring for safe, secure positioning
  • Lifting loops fold flat into recessed pockets
  • Locking Ring Design

Rail Boards are designed for use on all types of railway boxcars, including refrigerated and special cars for the lumber and the paper industries. All rail boards are designed and built to match the specific dock conditions so each rail board is custom made to suit your individual specifications.

The JMH railboard is easy to use. First position the rail board next to the railcar. The locking ring will automatically secure the railboard against the dock. Box understructure bumpers fit around the car latches to protect door latch.