New Versus Used Racking – Key Areas To Consider

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If you are outfitting a new warehouse or expanding your facility one of major decisions to make is whether to purchase new or used racking. With proper care, warehouse pallet racking can last for decades, so it may be unnecessary to make a substantial investment in new storage systems.

However, there are many factors to consider when choosing between new and old pallet racking systems. Depending on the size and shape of your warehouse, your budget, and the condition of the racks themselves, one type may be more suitable than another.

Your Budget

One of the main reasons used pallet racking may appeal to buyers over new systems, is that you can save money. If you are filling a warehouse with many pallet racks, then the cost may be prohibitive. In this scenario, you may want to buy used pallet racking.

However, if you are only buying one or two units, and your budget allows it, then new racking may be a worthwhile investment in your business.

There is also the resale value to consider. If you buy a new pallet rack, and then want to sell it later, it retains value better than a frame with two previous owners.

Condition of the Racks

While budget is an important consideration, it is even more vital to ensure the racks are fit for their purpose. Dents and bumps may be visible on the outside, but you need to know they have not harmed the pallet rack’s functionality.

To ensure you are purchasing high-quality pallet racking, you should carry out a thorough inspection. The team at Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc. inspects every component of our used racking systems and makes minor repairs before they are offered for sale to ensure the rack can meet your heavy-duty weight capacity needs and strict OSHA safety standards.

If you are unsure about the structural integrity of a pallet rack, buying a new pallet racking system can reassure you of the durability and longevity of the frame.

Custom Design

Depending on your needs, there are different types of racking systems to choose from including high-density racking, mobile units, and flow racking. When buying new pallet racks, you can ask the supplier to manufacture the unit to your exact specifications.

If you have an unusually shaped space in your factory that would be ideal for storage, you can provide us with the dimensions and we can design a customized storage solution to meet your needs.

Buying a used frame is much less flexible. What you see is what you get, so it may be challenging to find a secondhand rack that meets your exact space. When buying selective pallet racks, pallet flow racking, and other material handling equipment directly from the supplier, it is easier to find the types of pallet racks you require.

One of the most important factors when buying a pallet rack is ensuring that storage and retrieval is straightforward. By using storage space effectively, you can improve your warehouse workflow.

Speed of Delivery

One of the positive aspects of buying a used rack is that it is ready for delivery. The supplier only has to arrange the shipping, and you can have it delivered immediately. As many new racks are a custom-fit, manufacturing can take weeks. If you need to increase your storage capacity quickly, then used frames are a great option.

Used racks are especially useful for emergency, short-term needs such as a storage solution for seasonal surplus inventory. You can fit your warehouse for your immediate needs, and then take them down again when the rush is over.

Warehouse Appearance

If you frequently invite suppliers or customers into your warehouse to show them your operation, then the aesthetics may be important. While the service you provide is the most crucial aspect of your business, how you appear can affect some clients’ relationships.

Showing your most valuable clients pallet racking with chips, dents, or rust may not portray the image you would like. If this is the case, you can paint used racks to be more attractive. However, it could be the case that only a new frame projects the right impression.

Pallet Racking Accessories and Spare Parts

When you buy new pallet racks, there is a range of accessories such as guard nettings, extra shelving, and guide rails that you can add to make your racking more effective and safe for use. However, if you purchase racking that has already been on the market for several years, then you could find that suppliers no longer manufacture these accessories.

As some of these add-ons are essential for the safety of your employees and the stored goods, if you can not find them on the market, your rack may not meet strict health and safety codes.

Similarly, if you need spare parts to replace worn pieces, then it may be challenging to find them if the model numbers are obsolete.

Warranty for the Pallet Rack

When purchasing a new rack, they often come with a warranty, giving you peace of mind that the supplier has confidence in their product.

The Final Word

Choosing between new or used pallet racks may depend on your available budget. If you need to increase your storage capacity quickly, then used racking may be the best choice. However, to ensure you can purchase accessories and spare parts, suppliers are more likely to stock these for new racking models.

At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc. we buy and sell gently used racking systems, and carry the latest new racking components. We can help you find a match for your current storage system using our Pallet Finder, and assist with the design and installation of your storage system in your warehouse. For a free quote, contact Shelving+Rack Systems, Inc., at (800) 589-7225.