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New and Used Cantilever Racks

Provide flexible storage and easy access to your non-pallet-sized material such as lumber, pipe, tubing, steel bars and furniture. New and Used Cantilever Racks are freestanding storage units with horizontal load carrying arms extending outward from a single vertical column and can be purchased New or Used. The absence of a front column makes these racks faster and easier to load and unload with forklifts than selective pallet racks, lowering your handling time and costs.

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Q. How do I choose the right cantilever racking system?
A. Step 1 – Determine the weight of what you are storing on your Cantilever so you know how much capacity it will need to handle.
Arm Capacity = Load Weight / Number of Arms Per Level
Upright Capacity = Number of Arms Per Side x Load Per Arm

Step 2 – Measure your facility and determine the Height and Length limitations for Uprights. Take into account the limitations of your forklifts in these measurements. Also measure inventory to determine the necessary lengths needed for Arms. As a guideline, inventory should never hang over the edge of a Cantilever Arm.

Step 3 – Properly space the Arms to avoid the deflection of inventory.  Arms should always be spaced in even increments to ensure the best support.

Step 4 – Measure the vertical separation needed between Arms.  Make sure to factor in the space needed for a forklift or worker to access the inventory to ensure there is enough room. Step Five is selecting Braces. Braces come in Horizontal and Diagonal designs depending on capacity requirements. The correct length of a Brace is equal to the distance between the centerlines of your two uprights.

Q. Why does the structural cantilever tower state double sided when all I want is single sided cantilever?
A. All structural cantilever towers are punched on both sides of the I-beam. This allows you to bolt the bases to both sides. If the total number of bases matches the total number of towers, it’s single sided. If the base total is double the amount of towers, it’s double sided.

Q. Is the cantilever arm capacity shown the amount per arm or per shelf?
A. All arm capacities stated are ratings per arm. You take the arm capacity times the number of arms supporting the product to get the overall capacity per level. This will also help determine how many towers you will need to support the load.

Q. How do you determine the spacing between cantilever towers?
A. Place two wood blocks on the floor evenly spaced. Lower the load onto the blocks. If there is deflection (bowing) of the product between the two blocks add a third block evenly spaced. If deflection is still present, place a 4th block evenly spaced and proceed with more blocks evenly spaced until no deflection is detected.

Q. What type of surface can cantilever be installed on?
A. Cantilever racking is designed to be installed completely leveled on improved concrete surfaces and properly anchored. It is not designed to sit on gravel, asphalt, or dirt/soil. Due to the extreme weights they hold, cantilever rack will tend to seat down into non-concrete surfaces over time. If cantilever rack is on uneven or seated-down surfaces, it will risk the integrity of the system.

Q. Will cantilever racks topple over if I only have one level filled with product at a time?
A. Both single and double-sided cantilever rack is designed to be fully supported at all times. The system can topple if the design has longer bases than arms by a few inches. Anchoring the system into concrete can help prevent this from happening.

Q. Why do my cantilever arms have a slight angle when they were called straight arms?
A. All cantilever arms are designed and manufactured with a slight incline. The load will drop the arms to straight when placed, ensuring that the capacity rating will hold the weight they are intended to when full loaded.


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