Pickup Trucks and Lift Gates In the past five years we have seen an increase in demand for pickup lift gates where one in five pickup trucks is sold, sets the bar for manufacturers to build and deliver high performing rugged trucks with technology and available comfort features to a market that routinely uses its trucks for work.

Waltco Truck Equipment says its new Waltco Direct Lift (WDL) Extra Tough (XT) rail-type liftgate is suited to the most demanding applications. It’s available in four weight capacities -- 3500, 4500, 5500 and 6500 lb -- and in both steel and aluminum platforms.

The liftgate represents the next generation of the WDL series. The self-bleeding lift cylinders, which are matched to gate capacity, also help reduce installation time. All wiring and connections feature a ‘plug and play’ design and meet or exceed all Technology & Maintenance Council recommended practices. The hydraulic system, which incorporates a thermally protected power unit, is said to maximize the fluid flow rate, enhancing the lift gate’s operational performance while minimizing amperage draw requirements.

liftgatesOther standard features include hardened-steel rollers mounted on tapered roller bearings that minimize friction; sealed roller bearings to reduce contamination; and pneumatically assisted deck opening. Lower columns are reinforced with a one-inch steel wrap to reduce the potential of damage caused by backing into loading docks, while LED lights are fully recessed to minimize both damage and theft.

Lift Gate Design Increase the productivity with simplified handling of bulky, wheeled and palletized loads. The market’s premier heavy duty lift gate is engineered for your unique challenges and delivery solutions.

The new and improved heavy duty, level ride flip away (HLF) lift gate is exceeding sales projections. The HLF offers a simplified design and maximum performance in a variety of truck and trailer applications. Its heavy-duty design, combined with its versatility, is what’s driving the demand,” “The simplified design of the HLF provides easier installation, as well as lower maintenance and operating costs. Key features include:

  • Larger standard aluminum platform – 60” deep by 84” wide, providing 54” of useable platform depth with cart stops deployed.
  • Industry leading, heavy duty, 3/8” thick, bolt-on ready bed extension with adjustable two-step dock bumpers and rubber pads to protect both the dock and lift gate.
  • Simplified parallel arm, eliminating both the sliding parallel arm and springs, for easier installation and maintenance.
  • Lift cylinders that store in a retracted position behind protective plating to shield them from road debris that causes pitting.
  • Hydraulic hose protective housing to safeguard hydraulic.
  • Lock valve to stop lift gate motion due to an unforeseen loss in hydraulic pressure.
  • Proven, molded and potted toggle switch for reliable performance.
  • External pump for easier access.
  • Dual starter solenoids (one for raising and one for lowering) to reduce voltage drop for longer life

So we can conclude that for the man that never stops working, adding a gate can relieve a lot of stress both physically and mentally. Whether it’s five in the morning and you’re loading your truck for the day’s work, or it’s the dead of winter and you’re putting your snow blower into your truck, a lift gate will always be there to assist you when you need to get the job done.

 With a variety of options and a lifting capacity of 1600 lbs, a lift gate on the back of your trailer is the perfect companion to your drivers.