When it comes to storage, pallet racking is the most popular way of creating density of storage space and using space efficiently in warehouses and distribution centres. Buying a brand new pallet racking system can be very expensive. Is there a way of cutting the cost?
Buying Used Pallet Racking
There is a good trade in used pallet racking systems in the UK. So, it is possible to buy a good quality second hand pallet racking system for a fraction of the price you’d pay for a new system. If you choose the right used pallet racking system it can be a sound investment. It pays to do your research when buying pallet racking for your warehouse. Although you may want to save money, it is important not to base your purchase solely on price. The cheapest isn’t always the best and it is more important to make sure the pallet racking system fits your needs and helps your business run efficiently to avoid further hidden costs in the future.
To help you select your second hand pallet racking system we have put together our five top tips for buying used pallet racking.
5 Top Tips for Buying Used Pallet Racking
1. Buy from an experienced supplier
Many Pallet Racking supplier websites show a larger range of stock than is actually available and they may not be entirely truthful in their description of the standard of the used pallet racking they are selling. Using a reputable, experienced supplier will ensure you are getting a high quality used system where the history is known.
2. Check that the used pallet racking conforms to industry standards
Safety is paramount when it comes to used pallet racking. It is important to check for loose components, broken planks, damaged or missing support blocks, improvised joints, poorly welded beams, and rusted components.
If you buy from a reputable supplier they will carry out safety checks on all of the used pallet racking systems they sell. It is also really important to maintain your pallet racking once it is installed and to have it inspected regularly by a qualified inspector to ensure its’ continued safety.
3. Get advice on the suitability of the type of system
It is important to choose the right kind of pallet racking system for your business. A good supplier can offer you advice on what would suit your needs. The efficiency of the pallet racking system and how it will help your operations flow smoothly are as important as the initial outlay cost wise.
4. Replacement Parts
It is important to consider the cost of replacement parts for your used pallet racking system. If you select an uncommon brand of pallet racking or a type that is no longer available new it can prove to be expensive to maintain and repair and difficult to source replacement parts. An experienced supplier will be able to help you to find the right used pallet racking system for your business.
5. Structural Integrity is more important than aesthetics
Finally, it is important to remember that used pallet racking may not always look pretty but as long as it has been found to be structurally safe and secure it can offer the best value for money on the market.
Pallet Racking Systems Limited is highly experienced supplier of high quality used pallet racking systems with over 45 years of experience in the industry. We have a large stock of systems held on-site and offer a delivery and installation service to our customers. We can also help you to source the ideal pallet racking system for your needs using our design service. We safety inspect all of our used pallet racking systems and ensure they meet the latest FEM 10-2-02 and S.EM.A design codes.