Archive for February, 2018

February 25, 2018

Should You Buy New or Used Warehouse Equipment?

When your company is looking at purchasing pallet racking or other equipment for your warehouse, you’ll have one big question to answer: new or used? There are pros and cons to both options, and you’ll need to carefully weight each side in order to determine which one is best for your material handling needs.

Struggling to decide which option is right for you? Our project managers can help. We have access to both new and used warehouse equipment inventory so we can help you find exactly what you need at a great price. Read through the pros and cons and then get in touch with a member of our team to find the equipment you need.

Should You Buy New or Used Warehouse Equipment?

The Pros and Cons of Used Equipment

When it comes to used equipment, it’s important to know where your used warehouse equipment is coming from. Many warehouses choose to sell their old pallet racking systems and other equipment to distributors like DAK Equipment and Engineering. They do this primarily as a way to free up space for their new equipment and recover the costs of the initial investment. The reasons it’s important to know where your equipment comes from is because this can have a big impact on the safety and quality of the used equipment that you are purchasing. A reputable distributor will take that used equipment and inspect it thoroughly before selling it on; if it’s in need of any repairs, they will be done before the equipment is sold. Some distributors also offer warranties on the used equipment that they sell, giving you peace of mind that if something does go wrong you’ll have options to recover your costs. Make sure that you carefully look at any warranties, terms, and conditions that come with the used equipment before you make a purchase. That will help you make a smarter buying decision.


  • Less expensive than new equipment
  • Allows you to expand your warehouse more rapidly without spending more capital


  • Could need repairs that could put safety in jeopardy
  • May not come with a warranty that protects your investment

The Pros and Cons of New Equipment

There are a lot of benefits to buying new warehouse equipment. You know it’s coming to you undamaged from previous ownership and can get exactly what you need, usually with a great warranty. It’s sometimes easier to purchase new equipment that’s compatible with your old equipment, versus trying to find the same items in the second-hand market. But all of that convenience comes at a higher price tag, as the up-front costs of new warehouse equipment are going to be significantly higher than buying used. This can limit how quickly you can expand your warehouse and may leave you lacking the equipment that could help your productivity. This could be an especially big concern when it comes to automation; you might not be able to automate as quickly and that could leave your warehouse dangerously out-of-date and unable to compete in a growing market.


  • Easier to find equipment that’s compatible with existing equipment
  • You can get exactly the equipment you need without searching the second-hand market


  • More significant upfront investment
  • May have to buy in smaller quantities to stay in budget

So Which Is Right for Your Warehouse?

So is new or used warehouse equipment the right choice? It’s not always clear and may depend on a number of factors, such as what you need to purchase, your budget, and how you are going to be using the equipment. A warehouse consultant can help you sort out your options and find the one that’s best. If you do decide to purchase used equipment, make sure that it has been thoroughly inspected for damage first; this is something that DAK Equipment & Engineering does to ensure that we’re passing on only the best pallet racking and other used equipment to our customers. If you decide that buying new is the right choice, then you’ll want to get quotes from several companies to ensure you are getting the best deal. If you follow these guidelines, you should end up with equipment that works well for you over the long term no matter whether you choose new or used.

Want to learn more about new and used warehouse equipment and which one is right for your business? Talk to one of our project managers today. They’ll help you find the right equipment, whether that’s from our huge selection of in-stock new pallet racks or saving money on used equipment. DAK is stocked with the equipment that you need and will ensure you get a great deal on quality gear. Give us a call today or contact us through our website to start working with a project manager in your area.

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February 20, 2018

Why Cheap Racking Isn’t Worth It

It’s a constant battle to find the right balance between cost and quality when it comes to your warehouse equipment. Whether you are helping a client set up their warehouse for the first time or are a warehouse manager who is improving on the equipment that’s already in place, you want the best equipment possible. But you also want to pay the least amount possible for it. When you are paying attention to every penny that’s coming out of your bottom line, that’s understandable. However, sometimes the cheapest options end up being the most expensive. It’s worth reminding yourself that sometimes the best deals aren’t necessarily the cheapest options. You’ll want to consider the cost of your warehouse equipment over the entirety of its lifetime to discover which option is really the best deal available to your warehouse.

Still think cheap equipment is the way to go for bottom line? Read on to discover why that may not be true.


Why Cheap Equipment Isn’t Worth It & How to Find the Best Deal

Why Your Warehouse Should Avoid Cheap Equipment

Cheap pallet racking can end up costing your warehouse more in the long run. That’s because cheap racking is cheaply made, and that can invite a host of problems such as:

  • They need more repairs and replacement parts. Cheaply made warehouse equipment, especially pallet racking, is going to need to be repaired more often as well as need more replacement parts as the cheap stuff wears out faster.
  • They need to be replaced sooner than higher-quality options. Cheaply made warehouse equipment will need to be replaced in its entirety more regularly, meaning that even if you continue to replace it with the cheap stuff, you end up paying more for your equipment over the lifetime of your warehouse.
  • They can be the cause of lost productivity in the warehouse. When equipment breaks down, productivity is affected. That’s especially true if the equipment that breaks is something like a conveyor line or pallet racking. Slower productivity means your warehouse is losing money.
  • They can cause workplace injuries and accidents. Cheap equipment can break and cheap pallet racking can collapse. That puts your team in danger of being injured or worse on the job.

In the end, cheaply made pallets can not only cost you more money, they can cost your business its reputation. And that can be the most expensive cost of all.

How to Avoid Cheap Equipment Without Spending Too Much

There is a difference between cheap warehouse equipment and high-quality equipment that’s available at a great price. While it’s true that the cheapest option might not be the best option for your warehouse, it’s also true that sometimes you can get a great deal on warehouse equipment if you know where to buy. Working with a trusted warehouse equipment supplier can help you find equipment that’s made from high-quality materials and sold at a great price, so you stay within your budget while still getting equipment that’s capable of holding up to your tough demands. Take time to shop around; just because you get a quote from one dealer doesn’t mean that’s what it is going to cost with every dealer. It’s worth taking time to compare pricing and find out who can give you the best deal.

DAK Equipment & Engineering offers great prices on pallet racking and other warehouse equipment without sacrificing quality. We do it by:

  • Offering volume discounts. Buying in bulk for your warehouse can help you save big on your overall equipment costs. We offer a 2% discount on orders of $5,000 or more and 4% discounts on orders of $10,000 and up. Projects of $15,000 or more can benefit from even bigger discounts.
  • If you need to order smaller quantities of equipment, let us know! We may be able to bundle your order so you can still save without meeting the volume discount thresholds.
  • We work with only the best in the business and develop close relationships with our suppliers so we can pass the savings onto our clients. It’s what’s helped establish us a trusted warehouse consultant in Illinois and across the Midwest for more than thirty years.

Working with an established and trusted dealer can help you find a great deal on top-quality warehouse equipment.

Contact DAK Today for Affordable Warehouse Equipment

When you see the selection and pricing available at DAK, you’ll be sold. We focus on quality equipment at great prices, and that’s what we’ve been providing to the industry for more than thirty years. Give us a call and we’ll help you place an order or you can do it through our website. Our team will make sure you get the equipment you need while staying within your budget. Find out why our business has been a favorite of warehouses across the country for years and start working with one of our project managers in your area today!

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February 15, 2018

How to Move Product More Efficiently With Conveyors

Successful materials handling is a matter of moving materials in the most efficient way possible with the least amount of cost possible. Your goal as a warehouse manager is to find methods that will help you speed up productivity while reducing costs and keeping your error rates low. One of the most efficient ways to move product within your warehouse is on an industrial conveyor belt. Conveyor belts are a great link from the pallet rack to the pick line, and their efficiency more than makes up for the cost investment. If your warehouse is looking to upgrade or increase your automation, this is a method worth looking into. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you get started.

Why Conveyors Could Be the Right Choice for Your Warehouse

They help save time.

One of the biggest benefits of a conveyor line is the time it saves. Employees won’t need to walk back and forth between the pallet rack and the pick line, meaning they can move onto the next task as they quickly send products down the line at a much faster rate. The conveyor belt doesn’t get tired, either, so you’ll never have to worry about flagging energy slowing down the line. In the materials handling industry almost more than any other, time equals money, and the faster you can work the more money your warehouse can make.

They can lower the risk of injury.

Your conveyor belt is hard to hurt, unlike your employees. Save their knees, backs, and feet with the addition of a conveyor belt. You’ll see a decrease in on-the-job injuries since there is less handling of heavy boxes and moving equipment. Most conveyor systems will keep going with minimal maintenance and are easily repaired, so they can be a workhorse for your warehouse while you keep your employees safe. Safer employees are also happier, more productive employees, which is a great by-product of installing automation like a conveyor system.

They can help you save money.

DAK Equipment offers affordable industrial conveyor solutions to businesses in the Chicago area as well as the rest of the United States. It’s not just the low price point that helps you save money, though. You’ll also save on worker’s compensation claims. When you reduce the amount of time and effort your workers have to put in transferring product around the warehouse, you reduce their risk of injury and your liability for a payout. Additionally, conveyor systems can help you avoid paying out too much money on labor costs, which is likely one of the biggest expenses in your budget. Reducing the need for human labor within the warehouse allows you to fund other areas of your business.

They can help lower your error rates.

Conveyors can actually help lower the error rate in your warehouse and thus increase your customer satisfaction rates. That’s because there is less risk of error when your warehouse is automated. Your conveyor is less likely to damage product than a human worker. It’s also much less likely to cause an error as compared to your workers. When you reduce your error rates, it means more of your customers are getting more of their orders on time and with the correct items. That reduces the expense of returns, too, which can cost your business in a big way.

They can be good for your bottom line.

All of these benefits combine to create a big boost to your bottom line. It might seem like an incredible thing that a conveyor system can do so much, but when you consider the increase in productivity versus the decrease in cost and liability, then you’ll see how it can help boost the profitability of your warehouse. Getting one installed right away means you can start enjoying those benefits sooner! The key is to work with an experienced company who can help you identify the right conveyor system and get it installed in your warehouse with minimal disruption to your workflow. That’s why you need DAK Equipment & Engineering.

Need a Conveyor System in Your Warehouse?

The DAK Equipment team can design a conveyor belt system that’s perfect for your business, filling in the materials handling gaps that are slowing down your productivity. By identifying the key points within your system that are slowing you down, our warehouse consultants can assist you in finding the solution that helps you overcome those challenges. That might be a conveyor system or something else from our warehouse equipment catalog; whatever it is, though, we’ll find the right solution and get it installed quickly, all while staying within your budget.

We have plenty of great warehouse solutions to choose from, and we’ll get the one that’s right for you. Give us a call today and learn more about moving products from the pallet rack to pick line in the most efficient way possible.

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