Used Keystone Pallet Racks

Keystone pallet racking is a somewhat unique style of pallet racking — making sourcing used keystone pallet racks and components a struggle. East Coast Storage Equipment has a wide selection of keystone-style uprights, beams and complete racking systems. We also stock various sizes of keystone racking to make outfitting your warehouse simple.


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About Keystone Racks

Keystone pallet racking, also known as republic rack, is a style of racking named for the unique shape of the holes in the upright frames. The system’s beam clip hooks have square rather than round tops, which helps with strength and safety. While keystone pallet racking may not be as widespread as it once was, you’ll still find it in many facilities due to its high strength-to-weight ratio.

Keystone pallet rack installation in warehouse

In a keystone pallet racking system, upright columns feature solid corners. The keystone clips are inserted into the areas of least stress. This gives the entire racking structure a stronger foundation, helping this type of storage system handle higher weight capacities relative to other styles like teardrop.

The design of keystone pallet racks also helps prevent metal tearing, resists side loading and reduces secondary stress. For additional support, manufacturers weld U-shaped and diagonal braces in a z-pattern for even greater structural integrity and strength.

Benefits of Keystone Racking

With its unique design, keystone rack offers some great benefits.


With a specialized design that prioritizes structural integrity, keystone racks offer a great strength-to-weight ratio.

Optimal Space Utilization

By utilizing the vertical space within your warehouse, keystone pallet racking enables you to store more goods in the same footprint.


Upright frames feature a solid corner construction that helps protect the system against forklift collisions and other damage.


Keystone pallet racking offers direct access to each pallet, eliminating the need to move other pallets or disrupt the entire system to retrieve a specific item.


Keystone racks feature a locking clip on the beam to the upright, preventing accidental beam lift.

Applications of Keystone Racking

Keystone racking is quite versatile and finds use in various applications:

  • General Warehousing
  • Order Picking
  • FIFO (First-In, First-Out) Inventory Management
  • Bulk Storage
  • Seasonal Merchandise
  • E-commerce Fulfillment Center
Bays of keystone-style pallet rack filled with pallets of product

Get in Touch with East Coast Storage Equipment

Not sure if keystone pallet racking is right for you? Have some questions about a specific piece of equipment? Don’t hesitate to contact the team at East Coast Storage Equipment. Our storage experts are on call to answer your questions and help you find the right equipment for the job.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing

As with any equipment purchase, keystone racking requires some special considerations to ensure you’re not only getting the right equipment but also the right size and quantity to outfit your warehouse. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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What Do You Need?

Determining your storage requirements is the first step in selecting the appropriate keystone pallet racking system. Consider the following aspects:

  • Space Utilization: Assess the available space in your warehouse. Measure the dimensions, including ceiling height, floor space and any obstructions or columns that may affect rack placement. This will help determine the right configuration and capacity of pallet racking that can be accommodated.
  • Inventory Characteristics: Analyze your inventory and its unique characteristics. Consider the size, weight and dimensions of the products you need to store. Evaluate if you require selective access to each pallet or if bulk storage options are suitable for your inventory.
  • Throughput and Accessibility: Determine the frequency of pallet retrieval and the level of accessibility required. If you have a high turnover or need quick access to specific pallets, a selective pallet racking system that allows direct access may be the best choice. If you have slower-moving products or need to store large quantities of the same item, bulk storage options like drive-in or push-back racking may be more appropriate.
  • Strength and Durability: Keystone racks offer a better strength-to-weight ratio. As such, you want to make sure your inventory needs demand a system this robust.
  • Availability: While keystone racking can still be found in warehouses everywhere, it’s not as popular as other styles of selective racking like teardrop racking. So, if you’re looking to expand your system or replace certain components, you may have a harder time sourcing keystone parts. This is an important factor to keep in mind, as sourcing extra parts can be challenging.

Your Existing Budget

Consider your budgetary constraints when choosing pallet racking. Keep in mind the following:

  • Quality and Durability: Investing in high-quality, durable pallet racking is essential for long-term cost-effectiveness. Opting for sturdy materials and robust construction ensures longevity and reduces the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
  • Installation and Maintenance Costs: Factor in the costs associated with installation, including labor, equipment, and any necessary permits. Additionally, consider ongoing maintenance and safety inspection costs to keep the system in optimal condition.
  • Scalability and Future Expansion: Assess if the keystone pallet racking system can accommodate future growth and expansion. Investing in a scalable system that can be easily extended or reconfigured may be more cost-effective as your storage needs evolve.

No matter if you have keystone components or full teardrop-style racking systems, we buy used equipment. Connect with the team today to get started selling your old equipment.

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Reliably Store Your Items with Keystone Pallet Rack

Quality is key for keystone racking. That’s because this type of racking, sometimes referred to as Republic racking, is meant to handle some of the heaviest loads in any warehouse.

Keystone pallet rackin section (keystone frames, beams + wire decks)

We Regularly Stock Used Keystone Pallet Racks

Beams and uprights are firmly locked together with a safety clip. Each column has a solid corner, and holes that resemble a keystone are placed in the parts of the system that undergo the least stress to promote maximum strength. Footplates are made with heavy-duty steel, and braces are welded to the frame in a shape resembling a Z to provide even more load resistance.

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Pallet Rack Installation Services Available

While keystone racking can be quite easy to assemble, with its locking beams and uprights, having the expert hand of a team of installation professionals can ensure your system is ready for years of use. Here at East Coast Storage Equipment, we not only supply equipment, but we also offer installation services. We’ll ensure your system is up and ready and meets all the demands of today’s safety standards.

FAQs About Keystone Pallet Racking

What Makes Keystone Racking Different from Other Selective Pallet Racks?

The key defining feature that separates keystone racking from other pallet racking systems is how the beams connect with the columns. With keystone systems, columns have symmetric channels with lips and punched single-row keystone slots. Beams fit into the keystone slots and then lock into place with safety clips to prevent accidental movement of the beam.

Why Choose a Keystone Racking System?

One of the main draws of the keystone racking system is the overall strength and durability. The strong upright frames promote structural integrity, and manufacturers punch keystone slots in select areas for optimal reduced stress from overall load capacity. Columns feature solid corners and a great strength-to-weight ratio. The keystone system also helps prevent metal tearing from everyday operations and reduces the impacts of secondary stress.

Are All Keystone Racks Universal?

Every manufacturer will offer slightly different options when it comes to keystone racking. This means not all racks will be compatible with other systems. If you are adding to an existing system, measure before you make any purchases. If you have any questions about your pallet racking, give us a call.

How Common are These Racks?

Keystone racking was once a very common choice for warehouse storage. While newer pallet racking types have become more popular, you can still find keystone racks in use in warehouses across the country. With East Coast Storage Equipment, finding compatible racking parts for keystone systems is easy with our wide selection of used and new equipment.

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