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Used Racking systems including pallet, push back, drove-in, drive-thru, pallet flow,stack designed for storage of various types of inventory.

Used Cantilever Rack Styles & Applications


 Cantilever Rack

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Cantilever rack with out decking

Used cantilever is a popular style of racking for storing long, bulky bundled or loose tubes, cylinders and piping including flat stock such as lumber, metal or plastic. Other applications for retail businesses includes a style of cantilever for storing furniture, appliances, cartons, motor cycles, boats, jet skis and many other types of products.


 Cantilever Rack Upright

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Cantilever rack upright

An upright either bolted or welded to a base works together with connecting braces to stabilize the racking structure. The base is lagged to the flooring.  Two variations of cantilever are available for your application – single and double sided. The double sided unit allows for storage on both sides while the single sided unit has storage arms on one side generally for use against a wall or at the end of the cantilever storage area.


 Cantilever Arms

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Cantilever rack arm

Arms in varying length and gauge make up the storage levels. Arms can be straight or inclined. Straight arms are used primarily for storage of products that will not roll off while an inclined arm with a lip as shown will assist in protecting items from falling.


 Cantilever Rack Braces

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Cantilever rack brace

To complete the cantilever structure connecting braces are used to set the distance between uprights and stabilize the rack structure laterally.


 System Requirements

There are a number of system specifications that are necessary to ensure your system will perform satisfactorily including;

  • arm type
  • length
  • capacity
  • upright quantity per bay-height
  • structural or roll formed brace
  • connecting length
  • decking type and size

The tables shown on American will provide the available choices, however it is recommended that you call and speak with one of our racking technicians to discuss your application. American Surplus has been in the new and used cantilever rack business for over 23 years serving its customers now numbering over 30,000 nationwide. You will be satisfied.


Ways to Avoid Pallet Rack Failure


pallet rack failureForklifts are one of the most common causes of destruction in a warehouse facility, as they are constantly weaving through aisles upon aisles of pallet rack. One little mistake can cause the forklift to go careening into a support beam, causing a domino like effect of damage to the majority of the racking within the facility.


The cost of an accident like this far surpasses the cost of ensuring it doesn’t with simple safety procedures. Regular inspection of racking should be mandatory, which will point out any damaged or weakened points before it becomes a problem. This includes looking at the entire structure from top to bottom, not just the base. The base is the most commonly and easily affected portion of the racking, but there can be just as many concerns up above.


You also want to inspect the entire aisle by standing at one end and looking down the length of the racking. If you noticed it isn’t perfectly straight, or if you notice any leaning, these could potentially be a red flag. It is also important to walk down each aisle and check for damage to any components, and check for safety locks on the beams.


Aside from proper inspection, operators of forklifts and other lift equipment should be properly trained to minimize the risk of an accident. OSHA actually requires training of all forklift operators, and requires that the employer have a record of all certified operators. However, there is currently no test or license required.


Some accessories for your pallet racking system can also come in handy for increasing its durability. Column protectors can be used to protect the uprights from compromising forklift damage, although if one were to get hit the upright should be inspected and the protector should be replaced if damaged. Column protectors are only there to help maintain structural integrity by securing to the upright and the floor, and are not rated for forklift hits.


Similar to column protectors, end of aisle guards are also utilized with pallet racking. End of aisle guards are secured to the uprights of the racking, and they help prevent damage associated with lift equipment. There are also floor guides, which are secured to the floor and act as a guide for forklifts down the aisles. Row spacers can also be utilized to ensure uniform spacing between each row of pallet racking. All of these pallet racking accessories are very inexpensive when compared to the cost of a collapse and loss of inventory.


If you are unsure how to perform a proper pallet rack inspection, feel free to give ASI a call. We have been buying and selling quality used pallet racking for almost 25 years, and we know what to look for to determine that. We would be more than happy to come to your facility and walk you through a proper inspection of your pallet rack, and we can also supply you with your present or future racking needs.