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Pallet Rack Purchasing Guidelines
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Selective Pallet Rack Purchasing Guidelines

Selecting the correct pallet rack type, size and capacity is essential for safely storing your inventory. Knowing a few details on selective rack design will help you make the right choice and can even save you money in the long run. Considering the details ahead of time can allow you to purchase wisely and avoid ordering pallet rack components that may not meet your needs. It will also allow you to know exactly what pallet rack components to look for if you decide to order from our Quick Ship Pallet Rack online.

Here are the questions we always ask when customers contact us for their rack needs.
(It may be helpful to print this section out so you can fill it out later)

1)What are your typical pallet dimensions for the products you plan to store? (L x W x H)

2)What is the maximum weight for the heaviest pallet you plan on storing on the rack?

3)How tall would you like the uprights to be? (Make sure of your forklift max lifting height)

4)How deep would you like the uprights to be? (42" is recommended for standard 48" deep pallets)

5)How wide would you like the horizontal beams to be? (96" is typical, stores 2 standard 42" wide pallets)

6)How many beam levels are required in each bay of rack?

7)Do you need wire decking?

8)How many Starter and Add-On bays of rack are required?

The components required for your pallet rack storage system are directly related to your specific storage space and how the racks are to be configured within your floor plan. The number of Starter and Add-On units will determine the number of uprights you required, and obviously the number of beam levels per unit will determine the quantity of beams and wire decks. (See illustration of Pallet Rack Starters and Add-Ons)

Pallet rack uprights are rated based on the distance between the beam levels (how tall your pallet is). Lighter duty uprights typically have 3"x1-5/8"vertical columns while heavier duty uprights will have 3"x3"columns. Most upright capacities are rated based on a 48" beam spacing, so the longer the vertical distance between beam levels, the lower the capacity rating becomes. If your loads require more than 48" clearance, make sure you contact us to ensure the upright meets your capacity requirements.
Pallet rack beams are rated as a pair since two beams are required per shelf level. Most customers store their heaviest pallets on the floor and put the first beam level at the height required for clearance of that first pallet. In some warehouse applications such as food storage that require off the floor storage, a beam level is used down low. Always choose the beam capacity that covers your heaviest load for safety. However, the higher the beam capacity the higher the price, so overkill can unnecessarily add considerable cost to your storage equipment project.
Wire decks are the most common and convenient method of decking for pallet rack. Superior to solid decking for the open wire design, it allows for light and fire sprinklers to pass through as well as more visibility when loading pallets while also cutting down on accumulation of dust. Always match your decking capacity to the beam capacity as close as possible. Even with decking in place, you should always position your pallet so the weight is resting equally on the front and back beams as the wire decks are not designed for point loading.

Pallet Rack Installed