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Pallet Rack Shelving - Warehouse Rack Systems

Used Pallet Rack Shelving

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What is Pallet Racking?

Pallet rack is a material handling storage system used to store products on pallets or pallletized loads in horizontal rows and on multiple levels.

Roll form and structural pallet shelving are the most common types of pallet storage systems found in warehouses and distribution centers across the country today. Consisting of upright frames and load beams, wire decks, pallet supports, column protectors, flow rack and other pallet racking accessories, pallet storage rack systems are a cost effective pallet storage solution. Static selective pallet racking sections can be erected and used individually as a free-standing pallet storage solution. If desired, existing rack bays can be combined with continuous rows of add-on bays. These add on bays consist of like-sized uprights and beams forming rows of additional pallet storage.

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Warehouse racking that utilizes pallet storage shelving is highly configurable with storage rack capacities ranging from as little as 1,000 lbs. per shelf up to as much as 10,000 lbs. per shelf. You can easily add pallet shelves to any existing racking sections by purchasing and installing more rack beams. Wire decks, pallet supports, upright frames, box or step style beams and other add-ons are all available to customize your pallet storage system however you see fit. Because warehouse storage rack systems come in several different makes or styles, please refer to our handy warehouse pallet racking identification guide if you are trying to determine the style of existing warehouse racking in your facility.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Structural Warehouse Pallet Storage

Roll-form pallet shelving is usually associated with selective pallet rack shelving & record storage. It is the preferred warehouse shelving for light (500 lbs. per shelf) to heavy (7,500 lbs. per shelf) pallet storage.

Structural pallet shelving is made from hot rolled c-channel structural steel. While it can be used to store lighter loads, it's structural design can also be best utilized when storing heavier loads of 5,000 lbs. per shelf and more. It uses additional hardware (nuts and bolts) for assembly. It is inherently heavier, stronger and can hold heavier loads than roll-form rack. It is more impact resistant than roll-form rack.

While roll-form rack is the rack of choice for selective pallet storage, structural rack is often the preferred solution for higher density applications like pushback, drive in and pallet flow applications. Structural racks are thicker and the heavier construction offers improved resistance to impact from forklifts entering and exiting the racks.

Structural racks typically cost more per pallet position to buy, ship and install than roll-form racks. Structural racks may offer more rust resistance and hold capacity than roll-form racks.

You would consider using heavy duty roll-form warehouse racks:

  • When you are storing light to heavy weight loads, usually 7,500 lbs. or less per shelf.
  • When transportation costs are a concern. Because of its lighter weight, more roll form rack can be put on a flat bed when transporting racks to the job site for installation.
  • When easy handling and quick assembly without the need for hardware is desired.

Due to its heavier weight, structural warehouse rack costs more to ship than roll-form. Roll-form rack is less costly to ship because it's lighter than structural racks with the same dimensions.

Due to its heavier weight and nut and bolt connections, structural warehouse racking can take longer and cost more to handle and install. Tools are required to attach and tighten the nuts & bolts used to connect the shelf beams to the upright frames. Roll form racks traditionally install faster due to its bolt-less connection design, which allows for a fast and easy connection of the beams to the uprights.

You would consider using structural pallet or cantilever racking instead of roll-form racking:

  • Due to its impact resistance and ability to hold heavier weight, structural racks are often the preferred pallet storage system choice of warehouse managers for push back, drive in and drive through racks.
  • When bigger capacities are needed for heavier loads.
  • When items need to be washed down. Structural rack is easier to get access to all surface areas.
  • When storing heavy items like tool & die equipment and steel coils.

Due to its ability to hold heavier weights and nut and bolt connections, structural racks are the preferred choice for most warehouse managers for pushback racking, drive through and drive in racks. Roll-form racks traditionally install faster due to its bolt-less connection design, however roll-form racks are more susceptible to forklift impact damage.

When selecting pallet rack storage systems, it is best to understand the full range of pallet storage systems available, while paying attention to each of the features and benefits. Call or email one of our solutions specialists for help - they are familiar with all the different solutions available and will be happy to review your project and provide you the most efficient and cost-effective solutions available.

Pallet Rack Row Example, Minneapolis, Minn 55438

The aisle between two rows of warehouse storage shelving for pallet storage

The most popular type of pallet shelving brand or style is, without a doubt, one that utilizes the teardrop style beam and upright connection configuration. The teardrop style pin connector and configuration is known for its easy assembly. Teardrop racking requires no tools to assemble and as an industry standard, several manufacturers make teardrop style racks. All standard teardrop pallet racking beams and uprights are interchangeable. Though teardrop warehouse racks are numerous, there are several other very popular brands which are also well represented in the marketplace. is the distributor of second-hand or used material handling equipment, warehouse racks and warehouse storage systems for Minneapolis, Minnesota (55438) and its surrounding area. In business since 1979, stocks all major brands of warehouse racks including: Amerak - Burtman - Clymer - Dexion - Elite - EMI - Frazier - Frick-Gallagher - Global - Hiline - Husky - Interlake Mecalux - Inca - Monarch - Palmer-Shile - Paltier - Penco - Prest - Republic - Ridg-u-Rak - Ross - SJF Material Handling - Speedrack - Steel King - Structural - Sturdi-Built - T-Bolt - Teardrop - Steel King - Husky - Tear drop - Unarco - Wireway/Husky - and more.

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