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Should I Buy Ridg-U-Rak Slotted Pallet Rack?



Our reviews give one to five stars in the following categories: design, availability, competitive pricing, ease of installation and durability. Next up is the selective pallet rack most similar to Teardrop in design, Ridg-U-Rak Slotted.

Design:  four stars

Ridg-U-Rak slotted pallet rack, the original “hook” and “slot” design, has a durable and efficient design. Beam clips have two to three “hooks” or “fingers” that connect to uprights by sliding into vertical slots punched at standard intervals for multiple shelf heights. A safety lock auto engages to lock the beam into place with no special hardware or tools are required. Because Ridg-U-Rak slotted uprights contain heavy duty bracing and base plates, it can withstand higher impacts compared to other pallet rack with thinner material. Ridg-U-Rak also boasts one of the widest variety of column sizes, beam profiles and load capacities on the market.

Ridg-U-Rak slotted pallet rack
Design: Ridg-U-Rak slotted upright and beam connection.

Availability: two stars

Ridg-U-Rak slotted rack is manufactured solely by (you guessed it) Ridg-U-Rak of North East, Pennsylvania, (which for some reason is in the northwest corner of the state). So, depending on production orders in process, lead times can vary. This single manufacturer in a single location means new Ridg-U-Rak slotted rack availibility is lower compared to other styles of rack. Because this style isn’t as prevalent in the market as others, availability of used Ridg-U-Rak pallet rack is also limited.

Competitive Pricing:  four stars

Pricing for new Ridg-U-Rak slotted rack is comparable to teardrop rack. When comparing pricing on mid- to large-sized new selective pallet rack projects, Ridg-U-Rak slotted is competitive with the other leading brands. In the used market, Ridg-U-Rak slotted is usually cheaper than teardrop style rack as the demand for teardrop is higher.

Ease of Installation:  five stars

Installation of Ridg-U-Rak slotted is installer friendly (quick and easy) and buyer friendly (less labor and therefore cheaper). The beam clip fingers or hooks simply snap into the vertical slots and the lock automatically engages. Similar to teardrop style, no nuts and bolts are required for installation.

Ridg-U-Rak
Install: Ridg-U-Rak slotted rack installs easily without requiring special hardware or tools.

Durability:  four stars

Ridg-U-Rak is a founding member of the Rack Manufacturer’s Institute (RMI), whose members adhere to strict ANSI standards and rigorously test their pallet rack. Their slotted pallet rack features a larger standard upright column, thicker bracing and is 100% welded, giving it greater strength and stability than other roll formed pallet racks on the market.

Final Word
While slotted Ridg-U-Rak pallet rack is not as widely used in today’s market, its overall quality cannot be beat.

Ridg-U-Rak pallet rack
Ridg-U-Rak Slotted: High marks in design, durability, ease of installation and competitive pricing make Ridg-U-Rak slotted rack one of the top selective pallet rack options.

Barry Lydon, a sales representative at Warehouse1, has 22 years of material handling experience and specializes in pallet rack systems and lockers.