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  • 530,000 square feet of inventory at ASI
  • We Buy Used Surplus
  • Used Mezzanine
  • Used Conveyor
  • Used Pallet Racking
  • miles of used shelving in stock

Welcome to American Surplus Inc.


American Surplus Inc. buys and sells used warehouse storage and material handling equipment, and has an outstanding reputation of working with our customers to get them the right equipment they need quickly, and at the most competitive price available. For over 22 years we have been providing material handling solutions for both business's and consumers.   


Challenge us to get answers to your warehouse storage or material handling problems, issues, or concerns. Our sales staff will happily speak with you to determine your exact material handling needs so that they can provide accurate solutions. We have an incredibly large inventory of used equipment on hand and should have no problem finding you the right product in a timely fashion. 


With over 530,000 square feet of inventory in our warehouse, ASI is the largest used material handling dealer in the country. All of our inventory is stored indoors, so weather damage is not a concern when buying used equipment from us. Our main facility is located in RI, but we have shipping locations throughout the nation. This allows us to ship nationally while still maintaining competitive freight rates. (read more)


Recent Material Handling Solutions


 Conveyor System History


posted: 3/5/2014


Conveyors have been around for hundreds of years, and they were originally used in agricultural settings. Farmers would use conveyor belts to load grain onto ships, but these devices were not even close to as technical as the conveyor systems we use in today’s material handling industry. Modern conveyor systems are highly sophisticated networks of conveyors that can automate many of your warehouse’s processes. (read more) 

A Brief History of Forklifts


posted: 2/26/2014


Before forklifts, manually powered hoists were typically used to lift loads. These hoists were mainly composed of chains and winches. The first platform trucks were essentially hoists that were mounted to a platform with wheels. The first “forklift” type vehicle was introduced by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1906 for moving luggage at their train station in Altoona, PA. World War I also utilized various lift trucks mainly because of the labor shortage the war had caused.

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