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Used Industrial Containers

Used industrial warehouse containers and hoppers are in stock at ASI. This industrial storage is great for organizing equipment, easily get rid of trash, and help increase productivity. Our inventory includes used self-dumping hoppers, steel hoppers, utility tilt hoppers, wire baskets, bulk containers, and more. Call for a same day quote and quantity discounts. American Surplus Inc. has a talented sales staff that will work with you to provide solutions to your material handling problems. They will help you before, during, and after the sale. We can ship nationwide because of our extremely competitive freight rates. Pricing is subject to change, and is dependent on the quantity desired, condition, and capacity required.

Used Wire Baskets
  • Lightweight, portable
  • Convenient drop gates
  • Clearly visible contents
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Used IBC Totes
  • Reusable liquid storage
  • Steel reinforced
  • Drain completely
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Used Bulk Containers
  • Long term reusable containers
  • No need to package items
  • Two fold down doors
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Used Basket Trucks
  • Ideal for laundry and mail
  • Move heavy loads with ease
  • Swivel casters
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Used Tilt Trucks
  • Transport Bulk Material
  • Durable Plastic
  • Easy to Clean
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Used Steel Self Dumping Hoppers
  • Handles All Load Types
  • Forklift Compatible
  • Welded Steel Construction
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We Buy Used Warehouse Equipment

Are you moving or liquidating your facility and looking to sell your used warehouse equipment or material? American Surplus Inc. can help! American Surplus Inc. offers a purchasing program for new and used warehouse and material handling equipment. Learn more about our purchasing program online or call our sales office at (800) 876-3736 to get started.

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About Industrial Containers

Used hoppers from American Surplus are ideal for handling bulk products or waste. They are very useful at the end of assembly lines and are available in plastic or steel. They are also commonly referred to as tilt hoppers, steel trash hoppers, or utility hoppers. The steel trash hoppers have forklift pockets on the bottom for easy transport and dumping.

Used Bulk Containers are long term, reusable containers made of durable plastic that fold and break down for easy storage when not in use. They typically feature a drop gate on the side for easy picking. Our used wire baskets are similar to the bulk containers but are constructed of wire mesh. They are lightweight and portable, and can be picked up and moved with a forklift. They have convenient drop gates as well and allow for the contents of the basket to be clearly visible. We also offer new wire baskets made by WorldTainer.

American Surplus also sells used IBC totes, or IBC tanks, that are reusable containers for liquid storage. The totes are reinforced with steel bars for protection and are able to be completely drained. However, because they are used and we cannot verify their previous usages, we strictly sell "Non-Food Grade" used IBC totes.

We also sell used industrial hampers that are ideal for laundry or mail. They allow employees to move heavy loads very easily and are on casters. They come in two materials, vinyl or canvas, and a wide variety of sizes.

Advantages of Industrial Containers

Industrial containers offer numerous advantages across various industries and applications. Some of the key advantages include:

  • Safe Transportation and Storage: Industrial containers are designed to safely transport and store a wide range of goods and materials. They provide protection against damage, theft, and environmental factors during transit and storage.
  • Durability and Longevity: Industrial containers are made from robust materials such as steel, plastic, or aluminum, ensuring their durability and longevity. They can withstand harsh conditions, heavy loads, and repeated use, making them a cost-effective investment.
  • Space Optimization: Many industrial containers are stackable, allowing for efficient use of vertical space in warehouses and during transportation. This helps maximize storage capacity and reduce the need for excessive floor space.
  • Easy Handling and Mobility: Industrial containers often come with features like handles, forklift pockets, or casters, making them easy to handle and transport within facilities or during loading and unloading processes.
  • Improved Inventory Management: Using standardized industrial containers streamlines inventory management processes. They ensure uniformity in storage and allow for better tracking, counting, and organization of goods, leading to enhanced efficiency.
  • Customization Options: Manufacturers offer various customization options for industrial containers, including size, shape, and features such as dividers, lids, and access points. This allows businesses to tailor containers to their specific needs.
  • Hygiene and Contamination Control: Certain industrial containers, such as those used in food or pharmaceutical industries, are designed with hygiene in mind. They have smooth surfaces, easy-to-clean materials, and may meet specific sanitary requirements.
  • Environmental Benefits: Reusable industrial containers reduce the need for disposable packaging, leading to less waste generation and contributing to sustainable practices.
  • Safe Handling of Hazardous Materials: Industrial containers designed for hazardous materials comply with safety regulations and help mitigate risks associated with storing and transporting dangerous substances.
  • Efficient Supply Chain Management: Industrial containers contribute to an efficient supply chain by ensuring smooth material flow, reducing loading, and unloading times, and enabling seamless integration with automated handling systems.
  • Versatility: Industrial containers come in various shapes and sizes, suitable for a wide range of industries and applications, from automotive and electronics to pharmaceuticals and agriculture.
  • Reduced Labor Costs: Streamlined handling and efficient organization of goods with industrial containers can lead to reduced labor costs as fewer workers are needed for material handling tasks.

Types of Industrial Containers

Industrial containers come in various types, each designed to meet specific storage, transportation, and handling needs in different industries. Some general types of industrial containers include:

  • Bulk Containers: They have solid sides and are used for transporting and storing items securely. They come in various sizes and are commonly used in industries like agriculture, manufacturing, and automotive.
  • Drums: Drums are cylindrical containers used to store and transport liquids, powders, and other materials. They are made of metal, plastic, or fiber and are prevalent in chemical, petroleum, and food processing industries.
  • Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs): IBCs are large containers with a capacity ranging from 200 to 3,000 gallons (approximately 800 to 11,000 liters). They are used for bulk storage and transportation of liquids and powders. IBCs are commonly used in industries like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food processing.
  • Wire Baskets: Wire baskets are containers made of metal wire mesh. They are commonly used for storing and transporting loose or irregularly shaped items in industries like agriculture, retail, and warehousing.
  • Hoppers: Hoppers are containers with a funnel-shaped bottom used for gravity-fed material handling. They are often used in industries like agriculture, construction, and food processing.
  • Tilt Trucks: Tilt Trucks are a safe and easy solution for quickly transporting, handling, and dumping loads of bulk material or waste without the need of auxiliary equipment, like a forklift.
  • Tank Containers: Tank containers, also known as ISO tank containers, are specialized containers used for transporting liquids and gases in bulk. They are built to international standards and can be easily moved between different modes of transportation.

Industrial Containers Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are industrial containers used for?
A: Industrial containers are used for the transportation, storage, and handling of goods and materials in various industries. They are essential for optimizing logistics, ensuring safe material handling, and protecting items during transit and storage.

Q: Are industrial containers reusable?
A: Many industrial containers are designed for multiple uses and are considered reusable. Reusability reduces waste generation and makes them a cost-effective solution for businesses.

Q: What industries use industrial containers?
A: Industrial containers are used in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, agriculture, automotive, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food processing, and retail.

Q: How do I choose the right industrial container for my needs?
A: Choosing the right industrial container depends on factors like the type of goods, weight, and size of items, required storage capacity, transportation method, environmental conditions, and any specific regulatory requirements.

Q: Are industrial containers stackable?
A: Many industrial containers are stackable, allowing for efficient use of vertical space in warehouses and during transportation. Stackable containers simplify storage and handling processes.

Q: Are there industrial containers for hazardous materials?
A: Yes, there are specialized industrial containers designed for the safe storage and transportation of hazardous materials, such as flammable liquids or chemicals. These containers often meet specific safety regulations.