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Old 03-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Anybody have this heavy duty rack?


Has anybody had experience with this rack or company? It seems legit at 1200 pounds per shelf. I know that's probably overdoing it but I don't mind spending the extra cash for some top of the line stuff. This seems much more efficient than building something yourself due to time/tools and the ability to adjust this one.

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/st...-cap-per-shelf

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i believe its total shelf weight is equivalent to 1200 pounds

i've had some shelves like that that say 300 lbs per shelf and they are not stable at that weight.
so i would personally think that's the combined weight..
of course it could be pretty thick steel.. pictures don't tell too much
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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There are lots of people on the forum with shelving units like that. They swap out the particle board for 3/4" plywood and it's golden.

Lowes has some great ones. My favorite - which I use - is 36" wide by 18" deep by 72" tall.

HD: it's per shelf weight, not collectively for the entire unit.
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There are lots of people on the forum with shelving units like that. They swap out the particle board for 3/4" plywood and it's golden.

Lowes has some great ones. My favorite - which I use - is 36" wide by 18" deep by 72" tall.

HD: it's per shelf weight, not collectively for the entire unit.
Nice, thanks. I need to check out a local Lowe's soon...I did see some nice shelving in passing. I'm a safety nut so the 1200 lbs a shelf is really a selling point with me.

If people are swapping out the particle board then they can just get ones without anything or metal shelves...2 below links:

http://www.globalindustrial.com/g/st...eel-shelving-5

http://www.globalindustrial.com/g/st...ng-wire-deck-5
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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i believe its total shelf weight is equivalent to 1200 pounds

i've had some shelves like that that say 300 lbs per shelf and they are not stable at that weight.
so i would personally think that's the combined weight..
of course it could be pretty thick steel.. pictures don't tell too much
Check out the video in the original link. Seems legit @ 1200 pounds per shelf. I should be able to place my motorcycle on it (or 3) without a problem haha.

It seems like pretty cheap insurance to overdo it on the shelving. Some of the racks that I've seen on here make me cringe when people start stacking tanks.
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I mentioned ditching the particle board because those are the units typically available at Lowes and Home Depot.

There are five or six Home Depot locations here in town and it seems like they're moving away from keeping these in stock. All the Lowes locations have various types of these heavy duty rigs.

They can be really attractive, I think. Especially if you paint the shelving a nice color. Since they're metal, it's also easy to use small magnets to attach panels to hide what you don't want to be visible.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:31 PM   #7
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Within the next 6 months or so, I'm going to be moving and building my super shrimp rack and I'm debating between shelving and building something. I'll probably build, my roommate has every saw/tool know to man, he builds doors, window frames, and custom cabinets/wall unit/kitchens for a living between two different jobs, so I know it will be secure and work well and I can build it to the exact dimensions I want. Like that rack there, is 24" deep x 48" wide. I want to do 4 20gals sideways per level and that's just not enough as 20gals are a bit more than 12" wide each, plus bracing, so 4 of them is more than 48" as is a 48" T5 fixture to hang over the tanks, so nothing would fit. If it was like 26" deep and 52" wide or so, it would be perfect.

This is what I'll be going for, functional yet looks nice.

This is Ebikens rack that I'm going to borrow design ideas from. He has documented it on several forums some of the building process. Again, not my rack.

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I have that kind of shelving for my son's collage books. Lots of heavy books. This book case does have a slight wobble to it. It goes from side to side a tiny bit. Just enough that I would not put any kind of fish tank on it. I'm talking about what it is out of the box.
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I have that kind of shelving for my son's collage books. Lots of heavy books. This book case does have a slight wobble to it. It goes from side to side a tiny bit. Just enough that I would not put any kind of fish tank on it. I'm talking about what it is out of the box.
Is it the same exact shelving or just the "type"? There are tons of these floating around....the ones I linked in this thread are some of the more high end ones (I think). This one in particular weighs 70+ pounds.

After doing some research I have yet to find a negative review and will probably go with these when it's time to set up my little project.
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There are lots of people on the forum with shelving units like that. They swap out the particle board for 3/4" plywood and it's golden.

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I got the one I use in my Aquaponic system (See link in sig line) at Home Depot. It's rated at 600# per shelf. MAYBE if you evenly distributed that weight...MAYBE it would hold it. I swapped out the PB to plywood and I still got a flex with my 40 gl. so I braced underneath the enter of that shelf.
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I got the one I use in my Aquaponic system (See link in sig line) at Home Depot. It's rated at 600# per shelf. MAYBE if you evenly distributed that weight...MAYBE it would hold it. I swapped out the PB to plywood and I still got a flex with my 40 gl. so I braced underneath the enter of that shelf.
Recently picked up a rack rated at 500lbs X 5 shelves. Water testing my 40 scared me. I called the manufacturer and they sent me tie bars. It holds up now, however flimsy it seems..
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Recently picked up a rack rated at 500lbs X 5 shelves. Water testing my 40 scared me. I called the manufacturer and they sent me tie bars. It holds up now, however flimsy it seems..

Good to know. I'm guessing that I should be fine since I'm putting 30 gallons on a 1200lb rated shelf.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:44 AM   #13
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I'm using the bulk rack from Global Ind Here for three 24" x 18" tanks per shelf. I supplied my own wood deck to save on shipping costs.

It's a bit overkill for the size tanks I'm currently using but it allows for upgrading to larger tanks in the future. Shipping was not cheap to my location, definitely check out what it will cost to ship to you.

You also need to double & triple check the dimensions of your tanks, regardless of what brand pre-fab rack you buy to verify they will fit. The rack I linked to above is 72" wide between the uprights whereas the home depot/Lowe's was 72" wide to the outside of the uprights.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:53 AM   #14
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I didn't get this type because it looked too industrial in an apartment so I went went with the stainless steel look, the type that people use in the kitchen a lot or in department stores.

I bought a 30"x12"x48"...it comes with 4 shelves but I only used three of them. It's rated 800 pounds total, 200 pds each shelf. I only have a 10 on each level, and the top has various sizes, like a breeder box, a 2.5 gallon and a 5 gallon.....and Ive to say, I'm a little worried. I can grab one side and it will sway. And with I have on it doesn't even come close to the 800 pounds total.
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