Lift Products FAQ

Yes, but only at slow speeds and only when the lift is fully lowered and resting on its rated mechanical stops and on the weight of the trailer. For heavier trucks, Blue Giant offers a rollover capacity feature, fortified for this type of application.

Federal regulations do not require full skirts, only 8" (203mm) bevel toe guards, which are standard on pit mounted dock lifts. If personnel protection is desired beyond that required by federal regulations, use electric toe guards.

Fabric roller shades and accordion bellows skirting are not durable and because they do not provide a rigid physical barrier, their protection is based upon the notion that "what you can't see can't hurt you."

Telescoping sheet metal skirt sections are more rigid, but are very susceptible to damage which makes them inoperable.

Damage may occur, depending on the impact forces. Please contact an authorized Blue Giant representative to inspect the unit before putting it back in service.
Custom sizes are available, but shorter units may compromise vertical travel.
Yes, and at no additional charge. The rails can be put on the ends or in an "L" configuration.
Yes, and at no additional charge. It can also be off-centered on the side. There will be a down rating factor for the axle loading capacity over the sides, however.

The hinged bridge is manually operated. When the lift is raised to truck bed level, the bridge is simply pushed over onto the truck bed. When there's a lifting chain attached to the lip, the dock attendant can use it to assist in lifting or lowering the lip.

If a spring assist is present, the lip will be easier to pull back using the lift chain. With a hydraulic lip assist, the lip is controlled by a single button control station.

16" (406mm) on all models. Consult the factory for alternate lengths.
It depends upon the application, but generally bridges over 24" (610mm) should be split. Capacity is the primary determinant of when a hinged bridge should be split.