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Huge Tax Savings Available for Used & New Warehouse & Material Handling Equipment

Understanding the Section 179 Deduction

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is ending already, but that means it’s time to talk about the Section 179 Deduction program again. This tax program can save your business thousands and should be considered by every small business in America. Most small and medium sized companies will be benefiting from this deduction so don’t miss out! The equipment must be purchased and put into service by 11:59pm, 12/31/2017. The deduction limit is $500,000 and the limit on capital purchases is set at $2,000,000. This can really help your bottom line at years’ end. The purpose of the deduction is meant to encourage businesses to stay competitive by purchasing needed equipment, and writing off the full amount on their taxes for the current year.


Click Here to see the Section 179 calculator in action for 2017 – go ahead, run some numbers and see how much you can save in real dollars this year.

2017 section 179 tax deduction write off

The Section 179 is good on both new and used equipment and is a true small business tax incentive. A lot of people think this is a mysterious tax code, but it is fairly simple. This section of the IRS tax code enables businesses to deduct the total purchase price of qualifying equipment from their gross income. The idea is the program is an incentive to encourage businesses to purchase equipment and invest into their company. As one of the very few incentives offered, this one is a must!


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Used Pallet Rack Liquidation in Missouri



American Surplus is helping a business restructure its operation by tearing down and liquidating a large section of used pallet rack in its warehouse to make room for a redesigned storage layout. The project features the removal of used interlake pallet rack consisting of the following material: used pallet rack frames, used pallet rack beams, factory repair kits, used pallet supports, used wire decks and used row spacers. The scope of the project includes: 1,700+ uprights or frames, 13,500+ beams or cross members, 1,700 row spacers, 27,000+ pallet supports and 400 wire decks.




The Teardown

Scheduled to start October 16, the teardown will take several weeks with a goal of November 10th for a completion date. This type of work requires attention to detail, time, and safety. When disassembling used pallet rack, you must know what you are doing especially with tall uprights in a large warehouse. As you can imagine, in a warehouse full of pallet rack, there isn’t a ton of room to work. Our installation crew always has a plan to take down the rack in an organized, safe manner, while packaging the project for shipment efficiently at the same time. Both elements are crucial to a successful teardown.


Finding A New Home

Once dismantled, our used pallet rack needs to find a new home. Since used pallet rack is so popular at American Surplus, we typically send out our newest liquidations to our existing customer list before we advertise on our website. This gives our customers exclusive access to the incredible low prices we have to offer, first. This is our specialty, and we have a large network of freight companies that help us in getting orders to our customers as quick, and affordable as possible. If you are looking for a bigger project, our sales team will work with our CAD engineer to provide a conceptual drawing for you and our team to help design the most efficient used pallet rack system possible.


Why Buy Used Pallet Rack?

Well that’s easy, money! Used pallet rack is 40-60% off compared to new prices. Another added benefit is the idea that we are recycling old equipment that is in good, usable condition. Working nationwide, our network of liquidations, installation crews, and shipping companies help us provide the best pallet rack solution to your warehouse. We don’t have pallet rack directly for sale on our website because we want to talk to you to understand your needs so we can accurately provide and quote the most efficient, affordable pallet rack solution for your business. We must understand your business and operations to do this.


We do offer New Pallet Rack Too

If you simply just want new pallet rack, or if your project is large, the volume discount for new might make buying new pallet rack just as affordable as used. Our sales team keeps this in mind and will be able to offer you a quote on new pallet rack as well. We do our best to offer the lowest price on new pallet rack, and if you have a better quote, we’ll match it! Our service is what separates us in the industry and our team takes pride in what we do.


If You’re Interested in the Used Pallet Rack in Missouri

Check out our list of inventory available from the Missouri job site HERE on our website or click the picture below.




In addition to this used selective pallet rack, we have the following styles of pallet rack in stock also:

Used Structural Pallet Rack

Used Drive In Rack

Used Pallet Flow Rack

Used Pushback Rack


And we also stock used cantilever rack which is perfect for long, bulky items such as lumber, pipes and other materials.


How Can a Used Baler Save you Money?

Balers in the material handling industry are used to compress disposable waste products such as plastics, paper, cardboard, metals, and other materials. Originally balers were used in agriculture to compress hay, straw, and cotton into bundles for easier transportation. Now in an industrial setting, they are used similarly to compress and bundle disposable material for ease of storage and transportation.


Storage space requirements for disposable products can be significantly reduced with a used industrial baler. Not only is the disposable product densely packed into bundles, but they are also shaped like cubes, which can be easily stacked to save even more space. Baled products also reduce the number of loads of waste that leave your facility, saving you on transportation costs. In addition, you can recycle the materials, which is very beneficial.


Used balers from American Surplus Inc. are very reliable and include a 30 day ASI guarantee. Quality used material handling equipment helps people save money while still fulfilling their needs. Call American Surplus today, we will gladly provide solutions to your material handling concerns. Our knowledgeable sales staff will help you determine the right used baler to fit your exact needs, and budget.

Learn More About Used Steel Shelving

Used steel shelving is designed to store small, light to very large heavy, bulky items.  There are several applications and shelving features that must be compared and considered when purchasing. We also refer to used steel shelving as used industrial shelving and used warehouse shelving.

How the shelving will be loaded:

  1. Loaded by hand,
  2. using a forklift
  3. or, a combination of both.

Hand loaded storage shelving categories are as follows:

  • Used steel shelving featuring compression clips is an all-purpose system for light to heavier items, cases, cartons.
  • Used nut & bolt shelving uses all nuts and bolts to secure all shelves to posts resulting in a system for heavier loads.
  • Used wire shelving is used by certain industries requiring added visibility, cleaner shelves, and NSF certification.
  • Used Enclosed shelving with either compression clips or nuts & bolts provides shelf level with solid sides and back to ensure the stored product is secure.
  • Used welded frame with clip-on beams provides added capacity for large and bulky products and supplies.
  • Used rivet rack shelving using either single or double rivet connections allows a full range of light to heavy components being stored safely.
  • Used wide span shelving using clip-on, single or double rivet connections is an all-purpose type of shelving for industrial storage including record storage boxes.


Use the attached shelving chart to compare available storage systems with your requirements. To confirm your choice, call (800-876-3736) and speak with one of our shelving technicians who will assist you in choosing the best system.
American Surplus has been in the storage and material handling business for over 20 years selling quality used shelving. You will be satisfied.

Recent Warehouse Liquidation


American Surplus has recently liquidated a large warehouse in Massachusetts. We have begun receiving the material in our warehouse and it is ready for sale. The main products in this liquidation are used pick module, used teardrop pallet rack, used carton flow rack, used lineshaft conveyor and used gravity conveyor. Some smaller items included in this liquidation are used flammable cabinets and various used safety products for pallet rack and general warehouse equipment.


Used Pick Module


The used pick module has a pallet rack structure and utilizes lineshaft conveyor and flow rack to optimize the picking process. Our team has years of experience building and designing used pick module systems for businesses nationwide.  We can help evaluate your needs and help design the perfect solution for your business. Once the plan is agreed upon, our team will produce a detailed CAD layout with your quote proposal for your project. We will work start to finish and can offer installation services as well.


Used teardrop pallet rack is our speciality and this liquidation offers a ton of material at 36″ deep x 22′ high. The horizontal beams are sized at various lengths, 108″, 144″ and 132″ long. The pallet rack is in good condition and is painted the standard colors, with green frames and orange beams.


Two smaller product acquisitions in this job were the used flammable cabinet and used in plant office. Unfortunately, when we get these rare items in small quantities, they sell VERY fast. These two products sold out with in the first day of advertising. We offer these products to our email list subscribers first so sign up today on our homepage!