Buying Pallet Racking- What you should know

This morning a customer called looking for some old Penco rack beams in an odd size.  It is mostly impossible to find this stuff any more.  A standard developed in the rack marketplace about 1996: Teardrop Style.  For companies that buy used rack for their warehouses, it is important to know what you are buying.  If you buy most any other “style” of racking, then it is highly likely that it has been in use much longer than the RMI ( Rack Manufacturers Institute) guideline for life span.  You may also find that it is very difficult to find additional rack or components to match. 

Most companies will no longer accept used rack due to the liability issues.  Used rack doesn’t come with a warranty, so the buyer is on the line for failures.  Some insurance companies will walk away from covering used rack since there really isn’t any way to verify the load rating of the rack.  If you are trying to save money by buying used rack, then take the time to get educated on the specifications for this product.  Make sure that what you are buying is not damaged (particularly at the base of uprights), industry standard and originally had enough capacity for your products.

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