Choosing the right gear for you.
Honc Docks offers multiple gear options that may be best matched to a customer’s particular need. We offer both Flat Plate units (which require greasing) and enclosed units (do not require greasing). Please consider that the boatlift itself (top beam bearings and cradle bearings) will still require a grease gun and greasing, even if an enclosed gear drive is installed. At the completion of your project, Honc will provide you with the service manual for your Dolphin Boatlift which will describe the basic greasing process. Even though the greasing process is very simple and straight forward, some homeowners prefer to hire a boatlift service company, such as Crocker Boatlift Service, to perform the regular maintenance on the lift.
This is the most common gear used throughout the boatlift industry in Southwest Florida. Chances are you can look up and down your canal and see many Flat Plate Gears installed on your neighboring homes. This gear drive has been installed for over 50 years. The biggest advantage this unit has is that it is the most economical unit to purchase and almost every part on the unit can be replaced. Basically, you can work on it and fix it inexpensively. Basic greasing with a simple grease gun is required. Many of these gear drives can be found throughout southwest Florida, still in use, that are over 30 years old. This is our preferred unit, and can be installed on lifts from 7,000 lbs. all the way up to 50,000 lbs.
This gear is referred to as the Direct Drive Gear. It does not have a belt or pulley system. The motor’s shaft fits directly into the gear. It is a sealed unit that does not require any greasing, and has a faster lifting speed than the Flat Plate Gear. This gear features a compact and attractive design, and is utilized on boatlift up to 12,000 lbs.
This gear is the Enclosed Belt Driven Gear. The great feature of this gear is that it has an oil bath lubrication system, which does not require greasing. It is belt driven, which allows the unit to be easily serviced and worked on. This unit will be a long lasting and is also the fastest gear we offer. It is smaller in size and appearance than the Flat Plate gear and is installed on lifts up to 12,000 lbs.
The E Drive unit is an enclosed and sealed gear drive system that can be utilized on boatlifts up to 25,000 lbs. The luxury of this unit is that it does not require regular greasing. It has an enclosed design with an oil bath lubrication system. The E Drive’s oversized gearing system allows it to lift larger capacity boats compared to other enclosed gearing systems.