Picking the right style of used bins and/or totes for your operation might seem like a straightforward decision, but there are many factors to consider. For example, do you need bins that sit or "nest" inside each other, or do you need bins that are stackable? There are also bins and totes that do both if you require that. Bins and totes are typically made of high-density polyethylene material, which will not rust, corrode, or bend.
Stackable bins and totes are great for storing inventory as they can be placed on top of each other without a lid and without putting pressure on the contents of the container below. A stackable bin is not able to nest inside the bin beneath it, even if the latter is empty. As a result, they take up additional storage space when they are not being used.
Nestable bins and totes can sit inside each other when they are not in use, which greatly saves space when transporting and storing empty containers. They cannot be stacked unless they also include lids that allow for stacking, which depends on the manufacturer.
Another thing to consider when making your decision is the type of material you will be storing. If you are storing liquids, for example, you might want to choose an Intermediate Bulk Container. This style of container is usually a cube with metal frame around it to protect the contents. They also have bases that are compatible with lift equipment, so they can easily be moved by forklifts.
There are clearly many factors to consider when deciding what type of tote or bin is ideal for your storage application. Let ASI help you determine the size, shape, and style that is right for you. With the combination of our experienced, knowledgeable staff and our massive 530,000 square foot facility of inventory, we should be able to provide you with more than enough options when purchasing used totes or bins from us.
American Surplus Inc. has been in the business of selling quality used warehouse and storage equipment for over 30 years. We are in Rhode Island and offer competitive freight rates when shipping nationally. Call us today for a free same-day quote! Our friendly sales staff will work with you to solve your material handling needs. Not everyone calls them bins or totes, some refer to plastic totes as: used plastic stackable totes, used warehouse totes, used plastic bulk containers, used attached lid totes, used plastic shelf bins, or used stock picking totes.