Many smaller companies see the secondhand market as their first option for storage racking solutions, and there is really only one reason for this: upfront costs. There are many dealers out there with plenty of used rack to sell you – and they’ll even tell you the rack’s supposed capacity. But beware: used rack is big business and the profit margins for dealers can be high. It’s wise to be skeptical of any claims about what the used rack can do because there is no way to guarantee the calculated capacity of used rack.

Too Many Unknowns

To have a safe and effective warehouse racking system, it’s imperative you know the specifications of the rack you are installing. All you can really know about used rack are the height and stated capacity (if stamped or marked) of the upright frames and the width and thickness of the load beams. That leaves a lot of important information left to the imagination. You can’t know the gauge or thickness of the steel beams, for example, unless you cut the beam open and measure it. That, of course, would render the beam useless. You can’t know if all the components are rated for the same load capacity. What if the safety mechanism is missing from the end plate of the beam (and they usually are)? What if the end connector is not appropriate? All of these specifications are important and are really essential as most racking systems are now required to meet new building codes.

Changes in the Industry

There are also many changes that have taken place over the years that offer up good reasons for avoiding used rack. The structural strength of components has changed over time. The yield strength of the steel, measured in psi, has gone from 35,00 to 55,000, making newer rack significantly stronger. Seismic maps have also changed, and the requirements are now stricter. The requirements are no longer just to tied to a certain seismic area, but are now tied to specific physical address. If a used rack dealer sells you “seismic rack,” you will still have no idea if that rack is safe for your location. New racking will always be calculated to meet current seismic requires for your site.

The Odds of Getting What You really Need

In short, the odds of getting rack that is really the best and most efficient for your warehouse and business are pretty slim. This is because storage systems that are designed correctly are intricate and are designed to work together. How likely is that a used seller would have a unified system that would fit perfectly within your warehouse space? You will most likely forfeit efficiency and lose more than what you initially saved in upfront costs when you install secondhand rack.

The Odds of Getting What You Really Need Quickly

You’ll hear many used rack dealers citing faster lead times, but that is debatable.The shorter lead times touted by used rack dealers are likely dictated by geographical region, and while the chances are slim that you will find used rack that is is exactly what you need, the chances are even lower that you will find the components you need in your geographical area.

The Odds of Getting What You Need From One Location

Sometimes you will find what you need in several locations, but shipping your parts and pieces (especially partial truckloads) from different dealers will definitely not pay off in terms of savings.

The Benefits of Installing New Rack

The benefits of new rack are many: better quality, more control, known capacity and calculations, higher efficiency, reduction in maintenance costs, and easier (and thus less expensive) installation. Installing new rack is almost always the better choice, saving more money (and reducing headaches, too) in the long run.

Next Level is committed to helping our customers increase efficiency and profitability through lower material expenditures and cost-efficient design solutions. Whether you are considering used or new rack, give us a call for a quote. Our FlexRack™ pallet rack is designed for easy installation and reduced freight costs – and  we’re confident you will be pleasantly surprised by our very competitive upfront costs and quick lead times, as well. Learn more about FlexRack™ here.