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Posted by Stephanie on May 27, 2016

A common question we’re asked is “should I buy new or used pallet racking?” There are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for pallet racks. This article highlights the differences between new and used pallet racks, and should help make it easier to decide.

Some important question to consider before buying used pallet racking:

  • What’s the condition of the racks?
  • Does the rack meet current codes and regulations?
  • Does it meet my facility’s height, width, depth and capacity requirements?
  • Is aesthetic appeal important to you?

Used Pallet Racking

The most obvious benefit of buying used pallet racking is that it is more cost effective. If you’re on a tight budget, you can fulfill your racking needs at a fraction of the cost by opting for used equipment.

Another aspect to consider when deciding on new or used pallet racking is delivery time. Used racking is typically available in-stock and ready for speedy delivery. A new pallet racking system, if not in-stock, could take several weeks to get to your facility, especially if the project calls for customization.

If you aren’t worried about aesthetic appeal, save money and get used pallet racking! Even with a few paint chips and scratches, used racking can still get the job done.

It’s important to note that used racking does not come with any warranty. If you are looking for durability and dependability, buying used racking could be somewhat risky. Although used racking is typically in pretty good condition, there’s no promise on how long it will last, and in most cases used racking is sold as is. Knowing where the racking came from and what it was previously used for can help you determine its condition before you make your purchase.


New Pallet Racking

One benefit of buying new pallet racking is the ability to customize the dimensions of your racking system. If you have an oddly shaped warehouse or barriers that would be harder to work around, designing a custom racking system is usually the better choice.

Along with new pallet racking comes guaranteed durability. New racking can be relied upon and comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. If you’ll be storing heavy loads and need a strong racking system, investing in new racking is likely worth the extra cost.

Another benefit of buying new instead of used racks is the new and clean look. Depending on the location and intended purpose for your pallet racking, aesthetic appeal may be something to take into consideration. If looks matter, then new racking is the right answer.


We Buy and Sell Used Racking, Equipment, and Materials!

We buy and sell used materials! If you’re relocating and need to get rid of your used racking and materials, we will buy them back at a fair price. If you’re looking for used materials, we have used pallet racking and much more, including:

  • Access ramps
  • Boltless shelving
  • Workbenches
  • Mezzanines
  • Bulk racks
  • Cantilever racks
  • Carton flow racks
  • Carts and hand trucks
  • Conveyors
  • Lift tables & work positioners
  • Lockers & cabinets
  • Pallet jacks
  • Steel rolling ladders
  • Storage bins
  • Warehouse shelving
  • Partitions
  • Yard ramps

We have large inventory of both new and used pallet racking, and can custom design a racking system for your warehouse!

Questions? Call 800-404-RACK (7225)

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