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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.

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Used Forklifts


ASI has a large variety of used forklifts and lift equipment in stock.  All used forklifts are in good working condition, and include: used electric forklifts, narrow aisle, order picker, Propane Rider, Scissor Reach, and more!  Pricing may vary based on the quantity, quality, and condition required.  We will work with you to provide solutions to all of your material handling needs.  ASI ships nationwide with extremely competitive freight rates.  Our used forklifts are sold with a 30 day ASI guarantee to ensure quality.  Call us today and speak with a knowledgeable member of our sales staff. Click Here for a department video to learn more about ASI's forklift department.

Used Reach Truck
  • Higher travel, lift speeds
  • Stable load handling
  • Enchanced visibility
Used Manual Pallet Jack
  • 3-position hand control
  • Manual Push & Move
  • Manual Up & Down
Used Order Picker
  • Less noise during operation
  • Less expensive to maintain
  • Smaller turning radius
Used Electric Forklift
  • Less noise during operation
  • Less expensive to maintain
  • Smaller turning radius
Used Narrow Aisle Forklift
  • Operator stands up
  • Better view of product
  • Smaller turning radius
Used Electric Pallet Jack
  • Upgrade from manual jacks
  • Many with built-in charger
  • Motorized, not manual
Used Stacker
  • Compact sizes
  • No operator training required
  • Move loads over flat surfaces
Used Propane Forklift
  • Cleaner than diesel
  • Ideal for long runs
  • Indoors or outdoors
Used Turret Truck
  • Reduce aisle widths
  • High maneuverability
  • Gets the job done faster
Used Forklift Battery
  • Substantial cost savings
  • Dependable source of power
  • Charge on standard charger
Used Forklift Battery Charger
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Quantity discounts
Used Forklift Attachments
  • Decrease load/unload time
  • Help reduce product damage
Used Forklift Battery Handling Equipment
  • Safe battery handling
  • Charger shelf

Used forklifts are a very important piece of equipment for material handling facilities. They are used for transporting inventory throughout a warehouse or storage area, and they come in many different functionalities to suit your specific material handling needs. When deciding which style of used forklift is right for you, you should consider the weight of your heaviest and average load, the lift height, aisle dimensions, and the hours of daily use.(click here to view entire article)

The weight of the heaviest load you are expecting to lift will help determine the capacity of used forklift required. It is risky to buy a used forklift that just barely meets your capacity requirements, so you should consider a forklift capacity that exceeds the weight of the maximum expected load. This will ensure you never overbear it, which would cause permanent damage and most likely ruin your lift.


The lift height of your used forklift is also very important to consider, because you will want to be able to lift loaded pallets to the appropriate height to be stored. To determine this, find the height of the top deck of racking that you are looking to store pallets, and add six inches. This is the ideal lift height of your used forklift, and the six inches allows for you to lift the product off of the racking.


Aisle dimensions should also be factored in when determining the right used forklift for your application. For a typical standard sized used forklift to turn around within an aisle, you will be required to have a width of at least 12 feet. There are special styles of used forklifts, like narrow aisle, which only requires a width of about 8 feet. For even tighter storage, used very narrow aisle forklifts can be utilized, which can operate in aisles as thin as 6 feet wide.


Hours of daily use is important because a used electric forklift can take up to 8 hours to fully charge for 8 hours of operation. This means that if you want to utilize electric, it can only be for that amount of time and requires the same amount of down time afterwards. This works well in facilities that don’t require constant use of their forklift all day. For heavier use, used propane forklifts are the way to go. It takes around 10 minutes to replace the fuel in a propane lift, and will run for about the same amount of time as an electric forklift. Used propane forklifts are also safe to use inside because they produce a low amount of emissions.


New or used, propane or electric, ASI is here to help you with your used forklift needs. Give a call today, our professional sales staff will be happy to work with you from start to finish. We have many different types of used forklifts in stock, and our inventory is constantly changing.


by Bill Dimaio


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