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Old 10-01-2016, 08:31 AM
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Shelving Units ?

Hi All,

I was gonna build some shelving in my attic, but decided to buy some pre-made units instead. I see Northern Tool has a couple that look nice, but the price difference is considerable. Was wondering if anyone had experience with either of these. First one is $99, second is $229:

Edsal Ultra Rack 5-Shelf, 60in.W x 18in.D x 72in.H, Model# UR-60BLK | Steel Frame Shelving| Northern Tool + Equipment

Strongway Steel Shelving 72in.W x 24in.D x 72in.H, 4 Shelves | Industrial Steel Shelving| Northern Tool + Equipment

The size difference in not a concern,four of either will hold all I need them to. More concerned about quality vs. cost...

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I have shelves similar to the 99$ ones and they work fine or most shop items. If you were to store engine blocks and transmissions the heavy (more expensive) shelves would be in order..

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Those $100 shelves are built to go together just like industrial shelving. They use thinner metal but they should be fine as long as you keep the weight per square foot reasonable. The more expensive shelves use wedge lock shelving and to handle the same loads as the cheaper shelves you would have to add plywood shelves to replace the wire. They are almost twice to area of shelving - higher, wider and deeper - but I would use the cheaper shelving because I hate to have to look behind stuff to find what I want.

In my shop I made shelves from 2x12 planks with 2x4 angle braces that screwed to the studs. I put all my wood-working tools on the shelves which leaves my under cabinet shelves for my automotive stuff.
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My home shop has heavy duty steel shelving units I got at auction for $42.00 each..

At the Toy Shop. I made the shelving from free throw away pallets. Local bolt manufacturer uses 36" square, solid top pallets. Sets them out by the road for pickup. I bought 8' 4x4 s and got some used 2x8 lumber and built shelves by standing the 4bys with 2bys screwed horizontally to them. Level with the pole barn purlins. Lay the pallet on the 2bys and building purlins, screw the pallet to the horizontal boards and you get heavy duty shelving.. Holds trannys and engine heads/blocks. One 40 ft wall and partial of the 80 ft. wall
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I'm convinced the $99 units are way good enough for what I need. Mostly plastic crates of clothing and books, empty gun boxes, suitcases, and coolers. Wifey wants a new kitchen next year, so I'll need to store pots and pans, utensils, and canned goods while our old kitchen is undergoing transformation...

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Try Lowes or Home Depot for shelves as I recall I got mine on sale and saved a good bit and Lowes gives a Veteran discount at least around here they do..

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Try Lowes or Home Depot for shelves as I recall I got mine on sale and saved a good bit and Lowes gives a Veteran discount at least around here they do..

Sam

Sam,

Thanks for the Lowes idea, I ended up buying 5 Edsal units @ $84.98. Damn, those puppies are heavy! 104# per carton, load on pallet wagon, offload onto pickup truck, offload to driveway... Finally started opening boxes and moving individual (steel) parts to attic. Cheesy particle board shelves are still down below for now!



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