If you are in the material handling business you will likely be looking for pallet racks to organize your warehouse. You can find used pallet racks at significantly reduced prices from most material handling equipment distributors. However if shiny new equipment is important to you then you may want to get new pallet racks for your warehouse. Pricing on this type of industrial equipment can vary based on steel prices. That is why it is usually cheaper to buy used racks instead of new ones. If you buy used you may be able to get them re powder coated. Industrial equipment of this type comes in several varieties.
Tear Drop Pallet Racks is the most widely used type of used today. This design allows you to slide the beams in to place with out the need of fasteners. These are also called boltless pallet racks. This type of Industrial rack can be used for many applications. Most are commercial in nature like warehouses, industrial plants, schools and storage units. However you can also use this type of rack in your garage or a larger storage shed. Farmers use them in barns to stack a variety of items. One of the benefits of industrial pallet racks used or new is that they have a very high load capacity. Generally a rack of this nature can handle 35 to 48,000 pounds of weight depending on the size of the unit. This makes it prefect for stacking heavy equipment or things like tractor tires, car parts, large vats of liquids and such. You can also double up on a set of racks and use them for storing carpet or longer items. Industrial pallet racks were mainly designed for actually storing pallets or skids of huge amounts of material, but as you can see their are many uses for this type of industrial equipment.
Cantilever Racks are designed to store longer or odd shaped material. things like pipes or rolls of carpet. Although you can use two regular pallet racks installed two deep will be able to handle some of the same material a Cantilever rack is designed with this purpose in mind. This type of industrial rack uses 12′ or 16′ tower in rows of 3 with several sets of steel arms attached. The most common uses for this type of equipment is for storing pipe or carpet rolls.
Warehouse Pallet Racks are generally used for bulk storage in large or small warehouses. Warehouses tend to store large quantities of material which pallet racks are perfectly equipped to handle. You can deck this type industrial rack with particle board, plywood or wire decking. In warehouses a used pallet rack is probably a good idea anyway especially if you use fork lifts and heavy equipment which is likely to damage the paint and ding the beams. This way you won’t have to worry so much about messing up the esthetics of a new racks. A used rack is a great way to save money while still getting the full benefit of storage. Generally used racks are just as durable as their new counterparts. The main difference between a new or used pallet rack is that the used rack is likely scratched up and has some dings as well as possibly slight surface rust depending on the environment that they came from. I would not recommend purchasing any used racks that are excessively rusty or have significant structural damage. However most used racks are in perfectly good shape to start a new career in any warehouse.