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New Cantilever Racks

New Cantilever Racks are made for storing long, bulky products such as lumber, furniture, and pipes. It is commonly referred to as lumber rack, furniture rack, pipe rack, and home depot style rack (simply because it is found in home depot stores). his type of racking system is one of the easiest to design and install in your warehouse. There are endless configurations and layouts for cantilever rack, it all depends on the material size/weight, and needs of your warehouse. Should you find your current configuration slowing productivity you can quickly adjust the racking system. By doing this you will help increase the efficiency of your warehouse through making the materials more accessible. One of the biggest advantages of cantilever racking is that it’s perfect for storing those awkwardly shaped or oversized items that can potentially slow down production.

At American Surplus, we have a large selection of cantilever racking that can be custom configured to fit your warehouse and the type of materials that you need to have stored. From metal materials to carpet, these systems are incredibly flexible to save you space, time, and money. Call us today to find out how American Surplus can help you design the perfect cantilever racking system for your warehouse or storage facility!

New & Used Super Heavy Duty Cantilever Rack
New & Used Super Heavy Duty Cantilever Rack
Column Capacities (lbs.) - Per Side
Column Height 36" Arms 48" Arms 60" Arms
96/144" 19,000 15,250 12,500
192" 16,500 13,500 11,250
288" 11,750 10,000 8,750
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New & Used Extra Heavy Duty Cantilever Rack
New & Used Extra Heavy Duty Cantilever Rack
Column Capacities (lbs.) - Per Side
Column Height 48" Arms
144" 11,000
192" 11,000
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New & Used Heavy Duty Cantilever Rack
New & Used Heavy Duty Cantilever Rack
Column Capacities (lbs.) - Per Side
Column Height 36" Arms 48" Arms 60" Arms
96" 14,750 11,500 9,250
144" 13,250 10,500 8,750
192" 11,500 9,250 7,750
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New & Used Medium Duty Cantilever Rack
New & Used Medium Duty Cantilever Rack
Column Capacities (lbs.) - Per Side
Column Height 36" Arms 48" Arms 60" Arms
96" 9,500 7,250 6,000
144" 8,500 6,750 5,500
192" 7,250 6,000 5,000
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About Cantilever Racks

New Cantilever Racks are a popular and efficient storage solution used in various industries to store long, bulky, and irregularly shaped items. These racks are characterized by their horizontal arms, also known as cantilevers, which extend outward from a central vertical column. The design creates open and accessible storage spaces, making it easy to store and retrieve items like lumber, pipes, steel bars, and sheet metal. Cantilever racks are particularly valuable for businesses that deal with products of varying lengths and dimensions, as they offer a flexible and space-efficient storage solution.

One of the key advantages of cantilever racks is their adaptability. They come in a range of sizes and configurations, allowing businesses to choose the right rack system to meet a business’s specific storing need. Additionally, these racks can be customized with various accessories, such as dividers, roof systems, and end stops, to further enhance their functionality. Cantilever racks not only maximize storage space but also contribute to a safer and more organized warehouse or storage area. With their ease of access and versatility, these racks have become an essential component in the logistics and supply chain management of many businesses, improving overall efficiency and helping to keep workplaces well-organized.

American Surplus Inc. carries three main styles of cantilever racking systems. The differences between Medium Duty Cantilever Racks, Heavy-Duty Cantilever Racks, and Super Heavy-Duty Cantilever Racks are:

  • Medium Duty Cantilever Racks: These racks can handle moderately heavy loads and are used for storing items like steel bars, lumber, and tubing. They offer a good balance between load capacity and cost-effectiveness.
  • Heavy Duty Cantilever Racks: These robust racks are built to withstand substantial weight and are used for items such as steel plates, large pipes, and heavy construction materials. They often feature reinforced arms and columns for added strength and durability.
  • Super Heavy-Duty Cantilever Racks: This type of racking is exceptionally robust and durable type of cantilever rack system designed to handle extremely heavy and oversized materials. These racks are engineered for the storage of items that are well beyond the weight capacity of standard cantilever racks. They are commonly used in industries such as steel manufacturing, metal fabrication, automotive, aerospace, and other heavy industrial applications where large, dense, and unwieldy materials need to be organized and stored efficiently.

Assisting customers in designing used cantilever rack systems is a specialty at American Surplus. Tell us the dimensions of the product to be stored (length, depth, height, and weight), and we will design and install a used cantilever rack system for your warehouse. Call us at 800-876-3736.

Manufacturers we distribute include:

  • Cogan cantilever rack
  • Dexco cantilever rack
  • Interlake cantilever rack
  • Home Depot cantilever rack
  • Meco cantilever rack
  • Ridg-u-Rak cantilever rack
  • Structural Cantilever rack
  • Steel King cantilever rack
  • Frazier cantilever rack
  • Roll formed cantilever rack
  • Speedrack cantilever rack

What some people call used cantilever rack, others may call:

  • Industrial cantilever racks
  • Lumber storage racks
  • Home Depot style racks
  • Cantilever shelving
  • Cantilever pipe racking
  • Cantilever rack systems
  • Commercial lumber storage rack
  • Lowes Lumber Racks

Cantilever racks and lumber racks are a style of racking that has beams that only anchor on one end, and are commonly found in lumber yards or plumbing supply warehouses where items being stored are long and bulky unlike used pallet racking. It consists of uprights, bases, arms, and bracing. The uprights are held up by the base, and arms extend out of the vertical columns to act as shelves. The bracing adds stability to the racking by holding the uprights together.

There are two common styles of lumber racks and cantilever racks, single and double sided. Double sided allows for storage on both sides, but also requires clearance on both sides of the racking. Single sided cantilever rack can be positioned against a wall to save valuable floor space but will not allow for as much storage as double sided. Determining which type is right for you depends on what you are trying to store and how much of it.

There are many options when choosing used cantilever rack. When deciding on arms, which are the actual storage levels or shelves, it is important to determine how much weight you will be putting on each, and what kind of material is being stored. There are two main styles of arms: straight and inclined. If materials have the ability to roll, like pipes, rolled carpet, and logs, then the inclined arm is preferred because it is set at a pitch to prevent products from falling. Otherwise, for materials with a flat bottom or that cannot roll, straight arm is preferred. Cantilever arm capacity is based off of its length and the metal gauge that was used. The longer the arm, the less weight it can hold because it is that much farther from the upright.

Uprights are sold in different heights with varying shelving weight capacities, so taking careful weight and size measurements of what you are going to store is crucial. Once you know how many arms are to be included on each upright, and the weight capacity of each of those arms, you can multiply these two numbers together to get the weight capacity needed for the uprights.

Brace sets provide additional structure to the uprights, and the number of these needed depends on the number of arms, the height, the capacity of the arms and the uprights, and the length of the storage items. Braces are not intended to be load bearing, and only stabilize the rack horizontally.

Why buy used? There are clearly many factors to consider when purchasing used cantilever rack. These options and considerations can be overwhelming, but ASI will work with you to design the racking system that is right for you. Our sales staff will get to know you and your specific material handling needs before recommending a configuration.

Cantilever Rack
Cantilever Rack
Cantilever Rack
Cantilever Rack CAD Rendering

Advantages of Cantilever Racks

Cantilever racks offer several advantages that make them a popular choice for storing long, bulky, and irregularly shaped items in various industries. Here are some of the key advantages of using cantilever racks:

  • Versatility: Cantilever racks are highly versatile and can accommodate a wide range of materials, including lumber, steel, pipes, carpet rolls, furniture, and other long or irregularly shaped items. Their adjustable arms and open design make them suitable for different load sizes and shapes.
  • Easy Accessibility: The open design of cantilever racks provides easy access to stored items. This accessibility streamlines the loading and unloading process, increasing productivity, and reducing the risk of damage to the materials during handling.
  • Customization: Cantilever racks are customizable, allowing businesses to configure them to suit their specific storage needs. They can be adjusted to accommodate different arm lengths, heights, and load capacities, ensuring optimal use of available space.
  • Space Efficiency: Cantilever racks maximize vertical storage space, making them ideal for facilities with limited floor space. By utilizing vertical space efficiently, businesses can store more items in a compact footprint.
  • Durability: Cantilever racks are built to withstand heavy loads and are constructed from robust materials, such as steel. This durability ensures that they can endure the demands of industrial and commercial environments, offering a long-lasting storage solution.
  • Safety: Properly installed cantilever racks enhance workplace safety by reducing the risk of injuries associated with manual handling of heavy and unwieldy items. Their organized storage also minimizes the potential for accidents in the workplace.
  • Accessibility to Individual Items: Cantilever racks allow for easy access to individual items without the need to move or unload other items. This selective accessibility makes it convenient to retrieve specific products quickly.
  • Improved Organization: These racks help keep the storage area organized and tidy. Items are clearly visible and accessible, reducing the time and effort required to find and retrieve materials.
  • Cost-Effective: Cantilever racks can be more cost-effective than alternative storage solutions, especially when purchasing used racks. They offer a high return on investment by increasing storage capacity without the need for a significant investment in infrastructure.
  • Sustainability: In the case of used cantilever racks, businesses can contribute to sustainability by recycling and repurposing storage solutions, reducing waste and environmental impact.
  • Adaptability: Cantilever racks can be easily reconfigured or expanded to accommodate changing storage needs. This adaptability makes them a long-term storage solution that can grow with a business.
  • Visibility and Inventory Control: The open design of cantilever racks allows for better visibility of stored items, facilitating inventory management and reducing the chances of overstocking or stock outs.

Applications for Cantilever Racks

Cantilever racks find applications across various industries and businesses due to their versatility and ability to accommodate long, bulky, and irregularly shaped items. Some common applications for cantilever racks include:

  • Lumber and Building Materials Storage: Cantilever racks are frequently used in lumberyards and construction sites to store and organize long items like lumber, pipes, drywall, and construction materials. The open design of the racks makes it easy to access items and reduces the risk of damage during retrieval.
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities: Manufacturing plants often use cantilever racks to store raw materials, such as steel bars, metal sheets, and plastic tubing. These racks can efficiently handle heavy industrial materials and make them easily accessible to workers.
  • Warehouses and Distribution Centers: In warehousing operations, cantilever racks are employed to store and manage a wide variety of products, from furniture and appliances to carpets and rolls of textiles. Their adjustability and adaptability to different load sizes make them an asset in optimizing storage space.
  • Auto Parts Storage: Automotive garages and dealerships use cantilever racks to store items like tires, exhaust pipes, and long vehicle parts. This arrangement ensures that mechanics can quickly locate and retrieve the required components, enhancing workflow efficiency.
  • Retail and Hardware Stores: Retail stores and hardware shops make use of cantilever racks to display and organize items like plumbing supplies, PVC pipes, and timber. These racks help in keeping the store neat and making products readily available to customers.
  • Agriculture and Outdoor Equipment Storage: Farms and agricultural facilities store items such as fencing materials, irrigation pipes, and large machinery parts on cantilever racks. The racks provide an organized and accessible way to manage agricultural equipment and supplies.
  • Art and Carpet Galleries: Galleries and museums use cantilever racks to store and display large artwork, rugs, and carpets. The adjustable arms and open design make it easy to exhibit and protect valuable pieces while allowing for easy access.
  • Marine and Boating Industry: Boat manufacturers and marine suppliers utilize cantilever racks for storing long and heavy items like boat hulls, masts, and marine equipment. The racks help maintain the integrity of the materials while streamlining storage.
  • Hardware and Home Improvement Retailers: Stores specializing in hardware and home improvement products utilize cantilever racks for items like PVC pipes, plumbing fixtures, and timber. These racks help in efficient stock management and customer access.
  • Metal Fabrication and Metalworking Shops: Cantilever racks are commonly used in metalworking facilities to store and organize various metal products, including steel bars, pipes, and sheet metal, enhancing the workflow, and ensuring materials remain in good condition.

Cantilever Rack Manufacturers

  • Mecalux
  • Steel King Industries
  • Cogan
  • UNARCO Material Handling
  • Husky Rack & Wire
  • Ridg-U-Rak
  • Sturdi-Bilt Storage Systems
  • Penco Products
  • Mac Rak

Cantilever Racks are Also Called

  • Cantilever Shelving
  • Cantilever Storage System
  • Cantilever Racking
  • Lumber Racks
  • Pipe Racks
  • Bar Racks
  • Furniture Racks
  • Stock Racks
  • Material Racks
  • Heavy-Duty Racks
  • Outdoor Storage Racks
  • Warehouse Racks
  • Industrial Racks
  • Specialty Racks
  • Cantilever Pallet Racks
  • Cantilever Arms

Cantilever Rack Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are cantilever racks?
A: Cantilever Rack is a storage rack system that is designed to store long, bulk material such as lumber, piping, and other material. Upright columns connect to a base, and there are arms along the upright to make up the levels of the racking system. X-bracing between uprights sets the width of each section of cantilever rack and adds stability. They are open in the front to provide easy loading and unloading.

Q: What are cantilever uprights?
A: Cantilever Uprights are the vertical columns, made of I-beam structural steel, that support the arms of the system. These uprights can be single or double sided.

Q: What are cantilever arms?
A: Cantilever arms are the horizontal beams that support the material being stored.

Q: Should I buy rolled form cantilever rack or structural cantilever rack?

A: This depends on the weight capacity you need for storing your materials. For lightweight applications you will be able to purchase rolled form, and more heavy-duty applications will require a structural steel solution.


Q: Can I put cantilever rack outside?
A: Yes, provided you have a solid, flat, concrete ground (that is rated to support the weight of the rack and materials you are storing) to secure your cantilever rack to.

Q: How hard is it to install cantilever rack?
A: Cantilever rack is installed by following a few simple steps. Bracing will be installed between the uprights for stability, twelve foot uprights require a single x-brace between uprights, while sixteen footers require one x-brace, along with one horizontal brace. The cantilever rack uprights and bases must then be anchored to the floor. The final step is to attach the arms to the columns to create your levels. It is important to determine your load and capacity requirements prior to installation to make sure you have the correct spacing and design within your system.

Q: Can American Surplus offer custom-sized cantilever rack?
A: Yes, our fabrication department can customize existing sizes to fit your application.

Q: What types of products are stored in cantilever rack?
A: Steel stock, aluminum sheets, plywood, lumber, PVC tubing, electrical pipe, furniture, automobiles, shafts and rods, drywall, moldings and more!

Q: Does American Surplus provide cantilever rack installation services?
A: Yes, click here to learn more!

Q: Can I get my cantilever rack painted a specific color?
A: Yes, we can paint the components a specific color for an additional fee, just ask your salesperson for a quote!

Q: Is American Surplus' cantilever rack made in the United States?
A: They do not call us American Surplus for nothing!

Q: How quickly can I get an order of cantilever rack?
A: This depends on the size of your order and our current production schedule; your salesman will include an approximate lead time on your quote.

Q: Is shipping included with my cantilever rack order?
A: Our salesman will provide you with a shipping estimate, we typically ship orders freight collect, using our discounted rates. You can provide your own carrier or pick up your order at our warehouse as well.

Q: How can I pay for a cantilever rack purchase?
A You can pay for your order in a couple ways, check on delivery or check in advance. We accept check, cash, wire transfer, or credit card.

Cantilever Rack Buyer's Guide

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