A lift gate can be a good choice for any delivery truck, as it makes loading and unloading heavy cargo much easier than trying to wheel your goods up and down a loading ramp. They take up less space than ramps and don't need to be manually put into place and then removed when the job is completed. There are many different types of lift gates so you're sure to find one that works for your delivery needs, but at the same time, all those choices can make it difficult to know the right type of your truck. Note a few considerations that can make your decision easier.
1. Level ride versus standard ride
A level ride lift gate remains level during the lifting and lowering process, whereas a standard ride gate will remain slightly tipped at the back end as it lifts and lowers. Standard ride gates may suffer less wear and tear over their lifespan, as the weight is dispersed along the lift gate rather than the gate needing to lift the entire weight of a load at once. However, for top heavy loads or items that may shift when on an angle, this slight tilt can mean having items topple.
As an example, if you're loading bread carts with items on individual shelves, the level ride gate will keep the load even and reduce the risk of items spilling off the shelves. For very heavy loads such as kitchen appliances, standard ride gates are the better option.
2. Remote operation
If your operator or driver will be standing on the platform as the load is lifted and lowered, remote operations are the best choice. This allows them maximum control over the lift; they won't need to be standing on one side of the gate in order to reach the controls on the truck if they have a handheld remote. One that works with wires and cables can be cumbersome and get in the way of the loading process, so choose a wireless remote for more control and ease of use.
3. Invest in the right size
Trying to load an item that is four feet long onto a lift gate that is only three feet deep can mean added risk of injury to workers if something should topple onto them while being loaded and risk of spilling or damaging the load. Unfortunately, many truck owners buy lift gates according to their budget and not their needs. Investing in the right size can be more cost-effective if it means protecting your goods and your workers. Note the maximum size of your loads and choose a lift gate accordingly.