Waltco updates WDL liftgate

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Liftgate manufacturer Waltco Truck Equipment Co. has introduced its Waltco Direct Lift (WDL) Ultra Series (US) rail-type liftgate.

According to the company, the WDL US comes in steel or aluminum platform models and carries the same rugged dependability, superior design and reduced maintenance requirements as the original WDL series, while incorporating several new features, including:

  • Stationary hardened steel rollers with stainless steel retaining pins;
  • 11-inch deep columns and deep sill extensions that reduce the distance a dock plate is required to span;
  • Fully recessed controls with a new 3-wire plug-and-play design and weather-sealed quick connectors;
  • Platform auto-latch system that engages automatically when the platform is raised to the stored transit position and two driver-friendly latch release handles that are easily accessible on the curb-side column;
  • Recessed multi-diode LED lights for either trucks or trailers;
  • Steel-wrap reinforced columns that provide twice the crush resistance of other column designs; and
  • Weather-tight power unit enclosures with a noncorrosive plastic cover.
  • “By simplifying the components, the WDL US liftgate is easier to use and more dependable,” says Rod Robinson, Waltco president. “This reduces the likelihood of downtime for drivers and also reduces overall costs for the customer. In addition, we’ve taken significant weight out of the unit, while maintaining the strength and structure, which means additional payload per vehicle.”

    The WDL Ultra Series offers models in four weight capacities: 3,500 pounds, 4,500 pounds, 5,500 pounds and 6,600 pounds.

    Based in Tallmadge, Ohio, Waltco has manufacturing operations in Tallmadge and Gardena, Calif.; and warehouses in Dallas, Gardena and Marietta, Ga.

    For more information, go to www.waltco.com.