About Cantilever Rack
Cantilever Racks systems consist of vertical columns bolted to a horizontal base. Cantilever arms are attached to the upright and are either mounted straight or on an incline. The straight arms typically are used to store flat products such as lumber. The inclined arms are ideal for storing products on rolls, such as carpets. Brace sets provide stability and are available in two types: roll formed and structural steel.
Structural Cantilever racks are made from hot steel. The hot steel is rolled to form I-beams and C channels. Structural Cantilever rack is more expensive than cold rolled but can handle forklift abuse. Frames can usually be repaired instead of replaced.
Cold rolled cantilever rack begins as a piece of flat steel. It is processed through a machine that rolls the steel into the desired form. This type of rack uses less steel which reduces the cost. The lightweight and easy installation makes this an ideal type of rack for applications that need to stack to the ceiling.
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
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
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.