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American Surplus Inc. buys and sells used warehouse storage and used material handling equipment, and has an outstanding reputation of working with our customers to get them the right equipment they need quickly, and at the most competitive price available. Since 1992 we have been providing used pallet racking, used conveyors, used steel shelving, used mezzanines, and much more. 


Challenge us to get answers to your warehouse storage or material handling problems, issues, or concerns. We have an incredibly large inventory of used equipment on hand and should have no problem finding you the right product in a timely fashion.


With over 530,000 square feet of inventory in our warehouse, ASI is the largest used material handling dealer in the country. All of our inventory is stored indoors, so weather damage is not a concern when buying used equipment from us. Our main facility is located in RI, but we have shipping locations throughout the nation. This allows us to ship nationally while still maintaining competitive freight rates.


ASI also buys used material handling equipment, warehouse equipment, and industrial storage equipment. All used equipment must be in good working condition for ASI to consider purchasing it. We regularly buy large quantities of used conveyor, used mezzanines, used steel shelving, used pallet rack, and much, much more! Call us today to speak with Mike Cienava II from our Purchasing Department.


Call us today for a free quote, and quantity discounts are available. All pricing is listed as "as low as". The prices that are displayed are dependent on the quantity desired, the capacity required, and the condition. Installation services are also available, ensuring that your used material handling equipment is installed properly in as little time as possible.

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Used Flow Rack


Used flow rack from ASI can transform standard pallet rack into gravity flow rack. There are four main types; used pallet flow racking, carton flow rack, span-track rack, and skate-wheel flow rack. All of our used equipment is in good working condition, and is cleaned, tested, and inspected prior to shipment. ASI has been working with customers to provide solutions to their material handling problems for over 20 years. Give us a call and speak with a knowledgeable member of our sales staff. They will work with you to find the style of flow rack that will suit your specific material handling needs. Our facility is in RI, but we can ship nationally due to our competitive freight rates.

Used Carton Flow Rack
  • Better organization of product
  • Stock more than static shelves
  • Easy to identify & pick product
Used Mobile Gravity Flow Rack
  • Gravity flow rack
  • Ideal for FIFO inventory
  • Mobile shelving units
Used Pallet Flow Rack
  • Increase storage capacity
  • Product rotation is automatic
  • Stand alone or combine w/rack
Used Span Track
  • Easy to install/rearrange tracks
  • Maximum view of products
  • Accelerate order picking
Used Skatewheel Flow Rack
  • Stores different size products
  • Product moves on skatewheels
  • No lanes to restrict flow
Used Pick Modules
  • Customized systems
  • Rack & conveyor options
  • Multi-level order picking
Used Pallet Flow Rollers
  • Single & double rollers
  • Install on selective rack
  • Includes brake assembly
Used Pallet Rack Accessories
  • RMI Compliant
  • Safety Equipment
  • Mandatory OSHA Compliant

Used flow rack comes in four main types, pallet flow, carton flow, skate-wheel, and span-track, each of which is better in certain applications than the others. All four styles utilize gravity to move products from the rear of the racking system to the front using wheels or rollers. This style of storing inventory is considered first in, first out (FIFO), because products or pallets are placed in the back of the racking, which slide to front, and are picked first.(click here to view entire article)

Because stocking is separated from the picking operation, used flow rack is considered a dynamic style of racking system. This helps cut down on time lost due to traffic interference with forklifts, and allows for a simpler inventory upkeep. Static systems are when shelves or racking are picked and loaded from the same side, which can still be viable in small to moderate operations.


Probably the least expensive style of used flow rack is used pallet flow racking. Pallet flow rack uses lanes of wheels called pallet flow rails to store pallets of product. The wheels of used pallet flow rack are spaced in a way that make them only compatible with pallets, although they can be adjusted to fit different pallet sizes. Pallets can be stored up to 15 deep, and the flow rails have brakes that control the pallets speed as it moves to the front of the racking.


Similar to pallet flow racking, used carton flow utilizes lanes of wheels to transport product to the front of the racking. Unlike pallet flow rack wheels, carton flow wheels are equally spaced apart, meaning they don’t require products to be on pallets. There is no braking system in this style of used flow rack, but there is a small lip on the front of the racking to prevent product from falling out.


Used skate-wheel flow rack uses equally spaced apart skate-wheels to transport products, which don’t require pallets, to the front of the racking. This style of used flow rack allows for different sized and shaped products to be stored in a single row of racking. Skate-wheels can come in either plastic or metal, and they can hold a good amount of weight because the wheels are equally spaced which distributes the weight evenly.


Lastly, used span-track pallet rack used rollers instead of wheels to transport products into the front of the racking. Rollers are very durable and their pitch is adjustable to control speed. Like all types of used pallet flow rack, span-tracks can be added to an existing pallet rack system.


by Bill Dimaio


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