The Risks Of Using Second Hand Warehouse Racking And Advice On Alternatives


The Risks Of Using Second Hand Warehouse Racking And Advice On Alternatives

Second-hand pallet racking is still a popular purchase but in our experience, it could be more costly (and potentially dangerous) to your business than buying new racking. In fact, second-hand pallet racking can prove more expensive than our new pallet racking.

So why is it that second-hand racking is so appealing? What should you know so you can be sure to get the safest possible racking for your business? Here’s our advice - based on years of experience in providing storage solutions to industry.

Things To Consider Before Buying Used Warehouse Racking

Are The Beams Damaged?

Second-hand pallet racking can hide a lot of defects. All racking beams will deflect slightly over time, but when you purchase second-hand racking, you don’t really know what stresses and strains the beams were subjected to or how they have been stored.

Check For Defective Welding

When buying used racking you may find that beams have been poorly welded when damaged or altered. A lick of new paint can cover up rust and cracks in pallet racking beams and frames. This could compromise the integrity of the whole racking installation. At USS, our pallet racking beams are manufactured steel, robotically welded under very stringent quality controls.

Check for Loading Weight Information

When you buy used racking, how do you know if it is up to the job you need it to do? Often old racking loads cannot be accurately relied upon, resulting in unsteady structures at best or the potential for something far more dangerous. United Storage Systems provide racking safety inspections to look for visible damage and from there, make recommendations for improvements.

Does It Come With a Warranty

Second-hand pallet racking may or may not come with a limited warranty. If it gets damaged or fails, you may have to spend more money on costly repairs. We recommend always buying new warehouse racking to avoid falling into this trap.

Will You Get After-Sales Service?

When you buy used racking you may find it very difficult to get replacement parts. At United Storage, we offer a maintenance service, so in the event your warehouse racking system becomes damaged, you have our assurance that the problem can be quickly corrected.

Before You Make a Decision, Seek Expert Advice

United Storage have over 45 years’ experience of supplying quality warehouse racking. We are specialists in the installation of pallet racking, cantilever racking, coil racking, longspan racking, drive-in racking and live storage racking. Our racking systems are used throughout the UK by many different sized companies and industries.

Our in-house technical department is equipped with the latest 3D CAD technology and staffed by qualified draftsmen, structural engineers and contract managers. We are here to advise you on all aspects of warehouse racking, so you can get on with running your business. By buying new, you can be assured that your warehouse racking meets all current safety regulations.

This blog is for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal or financial advice and not intended to be substituted as legal or financial advice.