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Used Versus New: Which Type of Material Handling System is More Practical?

In the material handling, distributing, and warehousing industries, there is controversy over whether or not used rack and shelving systems are a better choice over new systems. While some are convinced that newer products are the way to go, others have favored used pallet rack and material handling systems for years and refuse to invest in anything else.


At The Surplus Warehouse, we buy, sell, and trade both used and new material handling systems and equipment, but have found that used products offer considerable advantages to our customers. Read on to determine if used pallet racking or industrial shelving systems are right for your operation or contact Philadelphia’s largest used material handling dealer and speak directly with one of our representatives.


Relocating? Can’t Take
Your Material Handling System with You?

When companies move, they are usually not able to take their pallet rack or shelving with them to the new facility. So what do they do with the leftover product? They take advantage of a company, such as The Surplus Warehouse, and sell their material handling equipment for a great price. The Surplus Warehouse will not only purchase used product at great prices, but we’ll also remove the systems as part of our service.


Need a Pallet Racking System
or Shelving System Fast?

As new equipment often takes 6-8 weeks to be delivered once the order is placed with the manufacturer, used equipment is typically available immediately. For companies that need a replacement system, accessories, or an entire new setup in a tight timeframe, used pallet racks or industrial shelving is the better choice.

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Choose Quality
Over Aesthetics

Although some warehouse and distribution managers are uncertain as to whether or not used materials will remain structurally sound long term, it is a proven fact that used metal on racks and shelves, if stored inside, will not degrade, but rather remain durable for years to come. While used materials may not look as appealing as new pallet rack and industrial shelving, they are guaranteed to do the same job for less.


Save a Truckload with
Used Rack & Shelving

The price of new rack and shelving ordered from a catalog or material handling dealer can be very expensive. But at The Surplus Warehouse, our used equipment is available at a nominal price. Additionally, as trucking costs continue to increase, it can be very expensive to ship new rack from a manufacturing facility, especially if it is located hundreds or thousands of miles away. Buying used rack locally can have significant cost savings in freight. By saving a truckload with used rack and shelving, you can spend money on other areas of your operation that could stand to

be improved.

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  Choosing heavy duty metal storage racks is easier said than done. Budget, space limitations, and weight and size of stored materials and merchandise all have an impact on the final racking configuration and design. Let the experienced consultants of The Surplus Warehouse take this burden off your hands. We will survey your space for ceiling height, obstructions, and consider safety requirements to return a steel or metal shelving system that improves organization, function, production, and the overall working atmosphere.  Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA), our 30,000 square-foot facility is just a short drive for those situated throughout the Tri-state and Delaware Valley. We encourage you to contact us today by phone, email, or visit us on-site to learn more about our extensive inventory of quality industrial racking solutions, including new and used adjustable steel shelves, metal racking units, and pallet racking systems.

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