Pallet Racks vs. Cantilever Racks: Advantages and Disadvantages

Pallet racking is a high-density storage system designed specifically to store materials that are placed on pallets. The palletized materials are packed on multiple levels, in horizontal rows.

The system uses upright columns at the front and back of the system. These are connected to a base, and horizontal racks create the shelves.

A forklift is generally used to lift the loaded pallets off or onto the racks.

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Unlike pallet racking, cantilever racking doesn’t have vertical posts at the front end of the racking system. Instead, long arms are extended from a framework at the back of the system. This leaves the front with no vertical obstructions.

The arms make it easier to store long, bulky or awkward materials that wouldn’t usually fit on a standard racking frame. Adding a decking gives you a solid shelving option for large, bulky items like furniture. The racking is anchored to the floor via a solid base.

Advantages and disadvantages of pallet racking

Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of pallet racking systems is not as simple as one would think. This is because there are a number of pallet racking options available on the market. Each one has significant differences and comes with unique pros and cons.

In the broadest sense, pallet racking, in general, is known to be efficient, strong, durable and versatile.

Pallet racking is the most economical space-saver because it helps you make optimal use of your vertical space while maximizing a forklift’s access to inventory.

The racks are constructed in such a way that they can safely bare excessive weight without endangering your staff. The high-quality construction materials are guaranteed to last many years.

There is a wide range of pallet systems to suit any warehousing layout and need. This includes systems designed for first-in-first-out inventory needs or first-in-last out inventory. Some of these options don’t even need standard access isles.

The disadvantages of pallet racking would, again, be unique to the type of racking you choose. A general disadvantage is simply that it cannot be used for non-palletized inventory. But this, of course, was not why it was created in the first place.

Advantages and disadvantages of cantilever racking

A cantilever system is relatively easy to install. The spacing is also easy to configure because, without fixed shelving, the height and angle of the arms are quickly adjusted. This makes the system more flexible than pallet racking if you need to adjust for awkward loads.

Heavy duty cantilever racks make high-density storage possible for loads that would not fit on other shelving systems. Additional arms can be added to accommodate for SKU’s of varying weight and lengths. Decking can be added for loads that need a solid platform.

At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc. we offer heavy duty cantilever racks for sale, custom-made to your exact requirements. Our buy-back programme offers top-quality used shelving that still meets our strict design and safety specifications.

The main disadvantage of cantilever racking is that your warehouse floor space will need more than generous aisles to accommodate the picking and stocking.

The choice is yours

Both heavy duty cantilever racks and pallet racks offer you a more effective storage system than you would have with floor storage. The choice is based on the type of material you need to store, the floor space available, and your budget.

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