The risk for your commodities and workers double when you buy second hand racking because damage is very likely from past use and fragility might have stricken the materials as they age, like in the case of plastic.
Here are some ways to ensure that your pre-owned racking and shelving systems are still in tiptop shape.
1. Research on the material
Some materials decrease in durability over time, whether it is induced by external elements, such as temperature and chemical, or by natural changes, such as in the case of aging wood and plastic.
Having a clear idea on the material, whether it is a newly manufactured pallet or a used pallet racking, is taking one step ahead towards the highest quality of storage and inventory systems. There are commonly used materials for pallets and shelves that are best used for particular commodities, at a certain age.
- Gauge Steel
This is the best material for your pallets and shelves because it doesn’t rust and turn brittle. Its strength is enough to carry heavyweight commodities. Old or new, it can carry potentially dangerous products like flammable materials, electronics and chemical products.
If you are looking forward to long-term warehousing operation, this is the right material.
- Durable Plastic
This is the cheapest second hand racking you can find, but it is also the least advisable because of plastic’s brittleness as it age. Likewise, it is a flammable material so it should never be matched with equally flammable commodities, like garments.
Hardwood pallets are good choice for surplus racking. Softwoods are not. Many manufacturers opt to use softwoods because they are cheaper. However, they are only good at a young age, for lightweight commodities.
Its lightweight built makes it a top choice for regular relocation and short-term operation. It also decrease in durability over time, but that is triple the lifespan of plastics.
Another cheap material, it also lasts as much as aluminium does, so it can be a nice choice for used pallet racking.
2. Choose a seller that offers total warehouse servicing
Do not settle for mere racking products. There are dealers of brand new and used racking systems that also offer total servicing; some are for free. By choosing a warehouse specialist that offers installation, dismantling, estimation, surveying, planning, designing, relocation and repair services, you are guaranteed of their commitment because they have more to prove.
It is always advisable if you will let the experts handle racking and shelving works because they know the industrial standards like you know your own business.
3. Inspect the second hand racking and shelves yourself
Expect that surplus racking and shelves have at the least, slight deterioration in durability or in appearance. Some are in bad looks but in absolutely sturdy states. If your dealer is a reputed company, you are likely assured of quality second hand products that can stand another test of time.
Nevertheless, it is always safest to inspect before closing a deal. Ask how long the pre-owned racking was used, for what commodities was it used for, why was it placed on sale then scrutinize the actual condition, looking for damages or deformities. You will be surprised to learn something doubtful along the way.