Used Pallet Rack: Which Type Is Best for You?

 

Used Pallet Rack: Which Type Is Best for You?

 

Whether you are opening a new warehouse, adding onto your existing used pallet rack due to business growth, or moving into a new facility, you have decisions to make about your warehouse storage system. There are several options to choose from, starting with the most basic, floor stacking. Obviously, as used pallet rack distributors, we’ll advise you against this! From there, you have selective pallet rack, drive-in and drive-through pallet rack, pallet flow rack, and push back pallet rack. We’ll briefly discuss each option, highlighting each’s advantages & disadvantages.

 

Floor Stacking

As simple as it sounds, floor stacking would be your most basic option, where pallets would be placed on the floor in rows. If your pallets are holding material that is stackable, you could stack pallets in long rows, covering as much floor space as you can afford. This is commonly used in a LIFO (last in, first out) application, which is fine for some businesses.

 

Advantages:

  • No investment needed
  • High Storage Density

Disadvantages:

  • You can’t access every pallet
  • Takes up a lot of warehouse space

 

 

Used Selective Pallet Rack (Used Pallet Rack)

Used Pallet Rack

Selective pallet rack, or used pallet rack, is the most basic & common style of rack seen in warehouses across the globe. Used pallet rack features uprights (or frames) and pairs of cross beams (or beams) to create levels of storage for pallets. Used wire decks or used pallet supports are added to each pallet position for added capacity & safety. You can purchase used pallet rack uprights that go all the way up to the ceiling (be mindful of sprinkler systems if you have them).

 

Advantages:

  • Low-cost investment in comparison to other storage options
  • Ability to access all pallets
  • FIFO or LIFO applications

Disadvantages:

  • Lower storage density because of aisles needed between your rows of used pallet rack

 

 

Used Drive-In Pallet Rack and Used Drive-Through Pallet Rack

Used Drive-In Rack

Used Drive-in rack is a type of used pallet rack that allows the forklift driver to drive straight into a bay of the rack. The pallets rest on side rails that go front to back, rather than cross beams as traditional used pallet rack, leaving the front of the bay open for forklift access. There is usually a top tie (similar to a cross beam) at the very top of the bay to add stability & rigidity to the rack system. Used Drive-in racks are used as a LIFO inventory system, while the drive-through racks are used as a FIFO system. This style of used pallet rack is best for large quantities of the same inventory/product.

 

Advantages:

  • High Storage Capacity/Density
  • Lower cost compared to a flow rack system

 

Disadvantages:

  • Poor accessibility to every pallet
  • More opportunity for damage since the forklift is driving inside the rack system

 

 

Used Pallet Flow Rack

Used Pallet Flow Rack

This rack system has the same structure as used pallet rack, but its cross beams support used gravity roller conveyor within the rack (from front to back). The rollers are set at a pitch to allow the pallets to flow naturally toward the front of the rack. Once a pallet is unloaded, the pallets behind, using gravity alone, all move forward and the next pallet is ready to be unloaded. Like drive-in racks, used pallet flow rack is ideal for large quantities of the same inventory, using FIFO inventory management system.

 

Advantages:

  • High Storage Capacity/Density
  • Can store many pallets deep
  • No need to drive in the rack system

 

Disadvantages:

  • Poor accessibility to every pallet
  • High investment compared to other options

 

 

Used Push Back Pallet Rack

Used Push Back Rack

Used push back pallet rack is similar to flow rack, however, the pallets are both loaded and unloaded from the front. The pallets are typically rested on nested carts or gravity rollers. Pallets are loaded from the front, placed on the cart, and push back the other pallets to the back of the lane.

 

Advantages:

  • High Storage Capacity/Density
  • Only a single aisle is needed for loading/unloading

 

Disadvantages:

  • Poor accessibility to every pallet
  • Limited to 4-5 deep

 

 

With all the options of used pallet rack out there, while this guide is helpful, your best option is to call our sales team and go over your warehouse needs with them, and they can help provide you with the perfect pallet rack system for your business. We’ve been providing used pallet rack solutions across the country for over 25 years, give American Surplus a call today! 800-876-3736