Questions To Ask When Buying Used Warehouse Racking

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Questions To Ask When Buying Used Warehouse Racking

8 April 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


Racking is very commonly found in warehouses. It gives you a place to store your materials, keeping everything organized and off of the ground. If you are in the market for warehouse racking, you may be considering buying used, rather than new. The biggest benefit to doing this is the cost savings. However, if you are not careful, you could wind up with used warehouse racking that doesn't meet your businesses needs or that is lower quality than you would have liked. As such, it is important to ask the right questions and take many factors into account when making this purchase. Here are a few of the questions you will want to ask when buying used warehouse racking.

Does the Warehouse Racking Meet OSHA and RMI Standards?

Rack Manufacturers Institute has developed rack requirements that are typically used by OSHA in determining whether the warehouse racks you are using are safe, sound and stable. One of these requirements is that the racking must be labeled with the capacity of the rack. Another requirement is that the racks not be damaged. Damage can occur when material handling equipment, such as forklifts, hit the racking, or when they are loaded with more weight than they can hold. If the racking does not meet these standards, you may have to invest money into ensuring these standards are met, which can negate the cost savings you got from buying used. Always find a company that sells used equipment that is compliant with OSHA and RMI standards.

Do You Install the Racking?

Installing used warehouse racking can be a time-consuming and tedious process. You will receive bolts, screws, metal frames and shelves. You are then tasked with putting the items together yourself, often without instructions. You may come to find out that you are missing pieces or that you can't figure out where certain pieces go. Unless you have experience putting these items together, you may want to find a used warehouse racking sales company that also installs the racks. You don't have to invest time into installing them. You are ensured the racking is installed correctly. And the sales company will make the discovery concerning any missing pieces, helping to prevent a he-said, she-said situation about what was delivered.

Can the Used Racking Be Inspected in Person?

The last important question to ask when buying used warehouse racking is whether you can inspect the warehouse racking in person before you purchase it. Warehouse racking is made from a variety of materials, including heavy-duty plastic, aluminum and steel. The thickness and quality of these materials can vary from one racking system to another. Additionally, the age and condition of the system may vary from one rack to another. As such, it is important that you be able to look at what you are buying and ensure it is made from the material you desire and is in the condition you are expecting for the price. Unfortunately, not every company that sells used warehouse racking will allow you to inspect it before you purchase it. They may not have the manpower to make someone available for inspections or it may be buried in the back of their warehouse or storage facility. Finding a company that allows you to inspect racking before you purchase it helps to ensure you are buying exactly what it is you are looking to buy.

Buying used warehouse racking may save your business money. However, if you don't ask the right questions, the racking you purchase may not meet your standards or may not work for your business. This can wipe out any potential savings. While it is important to ask about the price of the racking and whether it comes with a warranty, most people already know to ask these questions. However, you may not know to ask if the racking meets RMI and OSHA standards, whether the company installs the racking or if you can inspect the racking in person. Asking these questions, can help ensure the racking meets your needs and is the deal you think it is.

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