Few people would deny that it can be reassuring to purchase a brand-new product and to benefit from the security offered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Others may even believe that the purchase of used items carries a stigma. In practice, if you may be prepared to consider the purchase of second-hand steel racking and make sure to obtain it from a dependable source, there is no reason why you should not benefit from a warranty as well as a product that looks smart enough to pass for new.
Unlike many previously owned items such as motor vehicles, white goods, and electronics, storage equipment has no moving parts or circuit boards that could fail or become worn. In addition, racks and shelving are not generally subjected to sufficient wear and tear to cause damage, thanks largely to their tough metal construction. It is sometimes the practice for suppliers or manufacturers to buy back used items previously purchased by their own clients, making these outlets a reliable source when, for example, you may be on the lookout for some second-hand steel racking.
Naturally, you will be drawn to something that doesn’t actually look pre-owned, but it will be just as important to pick a product that is right for your premises and your mode of operation. In this respect, there is quite a wide choice and, as you might find it helpful to get a little expert advice, it will pay you to shop around and settle only for a company that specialises in the purchase and sales of used storage equipment.
Typical of the products in this category are pallet, selective pallet, selective storage, cantilever, drive-in, and drive-through racks. Whether new or second-hand, each of these second-hand steel racking types is designed to meet a particular set of contingencies. That which is likely to best suit your needs will be determined by a number of factors. Of these, the most important are the amount of storage space you have available, the type of items you plan to store, the volume and diversity of these stock items, required turnaround times, any special storage conditions that might apply, and your preferred type of picking and packing system (FIFO, LIFO, etc.).
Yet another valid consideration could be the number of employees you may need to employ, as some types of new or second-hand steel racking require more manual intervention than others. For example, racks that have inclined platforms only require an item to be introduced at the higher end, whereupon the force of gravity can then slide it into the next vacant position with the aid of rollers or carts.
Combining maximum storage capacity with flexibility, pallet racks are designed to facilitate the ease of access that is essential to maintain a high-speed service. At the same time, the fact that it is also easy to install, adjust, and relocate if necessary serves to provide the purchaser with an exceptionally flexible type of storage option. Another good reason to choose pallet racks is that, even when new, they are the cheapest form of bulk-storage equipment on the market and will be even more economical, should you opt for second-hand steel racking.