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American Surplus Inc. buys and sells used warehouse storage and used material handling equipment, and has an outstanding reputation of working with our customers to get them the right equipment they need quickly, and at the most competitive price available. Since 1992 we have been providing used pallet racking, used conveyors, used steel shelving, used mezzanines, and much more. 


Challenge us to get answers to your warehouse storage or material handling problems, issues, or concerns. We have an incredibly large inventory of used equipment on hand and should have no problem finding you the right product in a timely fashion.


With over 530,000 square feet of inventory in our warehouse, ASI is the largest used material handling dealer in the country. All of our inventory is stored indoors, so weather damage is not a concern when buying used equipment from us. Our main facility is located in RI, but we have shipping locations throughout the nation. This allows us to ship nationally while still maintaining competitive freight rates.


ASI also buys used material handling equipment, warehouse equipment, and industrial storage equipment. All used equipment must be in good working condition for ASI to consider purchasing it. We regularly buy large quantities of used conveyor, used mezzanines, used steel shelving, used pallet rack, and much, much more! Call us today to speak with Mike Cienava II from our Purchasing Department.


Call us today for a free quote, and quantity discounts are available. All pricing is listed as "as low as". The prices that are displayed are dependent on the quantity desired, the capacity required, and the condition. Installation services are also available, ensuring that your used material handling equipment is installed properly in as little time as possible.

Contact American Surplus or visit our 550,000 sq. ft. facility





Used Bins & Used Totes


Used bins and plastic totes are perfect for warehouses along with industrial applications.  All varieties in stock including: Akrobins, IBC Totes, Nestable and Stackable Bins, and more.  We have large quantities of all used bin and used tote styles, and offer quantity discounts.  Pricing may vary based on condition, quantity desired, and capacity required.  ASI has been in the business of selling quality used warehouse and storage equipment for over 20 years.  We are located in RI, 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. (click here to view entire article)

Not everyone calls them bins or totes, some refer to plastic totes as:


Used Plastic Stackable Totes Used Attached Lid Totes
Used Warehouse Totes Used Plastic Shelf Bins
Used Plastic Bulk Containers Used Stock Picking Totes


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Used Corrugated Bins
  • Outlasts cardboard containers
  • Lightweight, easy to handle
  • Completely recyclable
Used Finger Lid Totes
  • Reusable shipping containers
  • Handles for carrying
  • Hinged attached lids
Used Plastic Totes
  • Nest for easy storage
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Ideal for storing & shipping
Used Divider Boxes
  • Customize storage space
  • Organize small parts
  • Get rid of cardboard boxes
Used Stackable Bins
  • Save space, stack up
  • Store larger products
  • No rust or corrosion
Used IBC Totes
  • Reusable liquid storage
  • Steel reinforced
  • Drain completely
Used Storage Bins
  • Achieve organization
  • Corrosion proof
  • Lip for hanging on panels
Used Nestable Totes
  • Nestable to save space
  • Resists oil and dirt
  • Ideal for order picking
Used Louvered Panels
  • Mount on walls or bench
  • Sized to order
  • Holds all sizes of bins

Used bins and totes might seem like a straightforward purchase, but there are actually many options that go along with it. One of the first questions to ask is do you need totes that stack on top of each other, or do you need them to sit inside each other or “nest”? There are also bins and totes that actually do both if you require that. Used bins and totes are typically made of high density polyethylene material, which won’t rust, corrode, or bend.(click here to view entire article)

Stackable bins and totes are great for storing inventory because they can be placed on top of each other without a lid and without putting pressure on the contents of the container below. If they are only stackable, then they will not nest into each other when they are empty, so they do take up a lot of additional storage space when they are not being used. Stackable containers also typically do not have lids, and provide more cubic capacity.


Nestable bins and totes are able to sit inside of 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.


If you require the ability to both store empty containers in a small space, but also stack them when they are full of product, then stackable and nestable bins and totes may be the right choice. Some styles of nestable and stackable totes allow for stacking with or without a lid. Lids are usually finger lid style, which are attached to the tote itself. Sides of the bin are indented in a way that if a bin is placed on top in one orientation it nests, and in the opposite orientation it stacks.


Another popular container specifically for handling bulk fluids is an Intermediate Bulk Container. This style of container is usually a cube with metal frame around it to protect the contents. Typically IBC containers transport chemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and liquids with their capacity ranging from 500 to 3000 liters. They also have bases that are compatible with lift equipment, so they can easily be moved by forklifts.


For electronic parts storage, Electrostatic Dissipative Material totes (ESD totes) are commonly used. Made of polypropylene, ESD totes protect sensitive electronic parts from radio waves and electricity. Covers snap on to keep dust and debris from getting in, keeping your electrical storage safe.


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 by asking relevant questions about the project you are trying to complete, or what storage you are trying to organize. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff and our massive 530,000 square foot facility of inventory should be able to provide you more than enough options when purchasing used totes or bins from us.


by Bill Dimaio

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