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Here's What Dock Leveler Installation Costs

by Carllaen Joshua Gonzales 05 Dec 2023 0 Comments

Dock leveler installation can get quite complicated and tedious if you've never done it before. In the end, the time and effort it might take you might not be worth it. Instead, you can hire someone else to do it faster and safer, while you focus on your job.

So in this article, we're taking a look at how much it costs to install a dock leveler. Let's get started!

Dock leveler installation cost

The cost to install a dock leveler is actually relatively cheap. Edge-of-dock levelers are always less complicated, so for that reason they're also cheaper to install. You can expect to spend around $500 here.

On the other hand, hydraulic pit dock levelers are a little more complicated. They're bigger, and they need to be placed in a pit. Plus they might need to be wired, depending on your existing infrastructure and model of the leveler. The dock leveler itself will normally cost you around $5,000 to $10,000.

Assuming that the pit is already poured and ready, the installation for a hydraulic dock leveler can cost you between $600 - $1,000.

Dock leveler installation cost

Dock leveler pit pouring cost

If you don't have a pit yet, you'll have to either pour one or hire someone to pour it. Normally, contractors building the warehouse will do this from the start, but it's also possible to do it afterwards.

The best way to do it is to get a 3-sided loading pit kit. This is a pre-made form that is designed to make the pouring more precise, efficient, and faster. Emphasis on precise, because the last thing you want is to pour your pit the 'old-fashioned' way and then have to redo it afterwards because the measurements weren't quite right. You can see below what a pit kit looks like:

Dock leveler pit kit installation cost

A high-quality pit kit like this will cost around $600-$1,000, with of course the added cost of cement and labor required to pour it. If you decide to go the cheaper route and pour the pit manually, you'll still need to buy wood to hold everything in place, as well as curb angles. Plus of course all the extra labor for all this. The cost in this case is higher in the labor department, with the rest of the parts needed costing you only a few hundred dollars.

Preformed kit for dock leveler vs pit kit

Then there's also the third option: buying a dock leveler pour in pan. This is essentially a dock leveler with the pit kit pre-attached to it. So you just have to place the dock leveler and build the dock around it. This method might be easier, but then you'll have to buy your dock leveler much more in advance, which is not something most builders do.

To wrap up

There are several factors that may affect the dock leveler installation cost, which include the type of dock leveler, method of installation, materials, and labor cost. But it is definitely a worthy investment to optimize efficiency and safety in your business. We hope this article has been useful to you in your research.

Find your next dock leveler

Where better to get your next dock leveler than here at WarehouseWiz. We got you covered with high-quality and affordable dock levelers, made in Canada, to accessories such as pit kits, pour-in pans, and dock bumpers.

Contact us today or browse through our dock levelers to see for yourself!

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