Drive In Racking & Drive Through Racking Systems

What is Drive Thru Rack?

Drive through racking works similarly, but stores pallets on a first in/first out (FIFO) basis. Pallets are loaded on one side of the rack and retrieved from the opposite side.

Traditional pallet rack is a great storage solution for a wide variety of warehouses and distribution centers. However, if you have a lot of inventory that shifts on a regular basis, drive in or drive through rack is a high density space saving storage solution you may want to seriously consider. While traditional static rack storage allows for many rows of pallet racking with aisles between the individual rows, drive in and drive through racking allows for a much denser arrangement of your stored product. Both drive in and drive through rack systems allow more efficient use of available space than traditional multi-aisle selective racks systems.

High density storage racks work by utilizing standard pallet rack uprights in conjunction with rail beams or more simply, rails to store the pallet loads in a very dense configuration. The key difference between these racks and selective pallet racks is that the forklift truck operates inside the rack itself and there are no specified lanes between the rows. The forklifts enter into the individual bays of the rack and the bays themselves can be as long or as short as needed.

Drive in rack and drive through rack systems decrease storage and retrieval time while increasing efficiency and productivity among workers. Not only do they benefit your operations, they can also decrease your bottom line by giving you more storage room per dollar spent on racking. Because these racks create a more uniform load in a confined storage area, your forklift operators working in the system become more skillful drivers. In addition to these benefits, consider this – drive in & drive through systems are very energy efficient. Since the product is so densely loaded in this type of system, there is less air to be heated or cooled between your pallets and your forklifts don't need to drive as far to pick or place loads, thereby using less fuel.

If you'd like to read more about drive in racks or drive through rack, please view our Drive In Rack Basics Guide or our Advanced Drive In Rack Guide. Both guides contain information on determining capacities, assembly instructions and other safety information for many types of warehouse racking.

SJF is an authorized distributor of Interlake, Mecalux, W.C. Cardinal, and Bulldog drive in racks. We can provide other brands at your request. Whether you're storing several thousand pallets, or several dozen, SJF's solutions specialists can help you find the drive-in pallet rack that's right for you. Call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line) or (800) 598-5532 today!

Frequently Asked Questions about Rack

Roll form drive in rack is the preferred storage rack for light and medium storage due to its bolt-less design and lighter overall weight.

Structural drive in rack is preferred for heavier loads when storing loads that weigh 1,500 lbs. or more. Structural drive in rack is made from hot rolled c-channel structural steel. It uses additional hardware (nuts and bolts) for assembly. It is inherently heavier, stronger and can hold heavier loads than roll-form rack. It is more impact resistant than roll-form rack.

While roll form drive in rack is the rack of choice for light and medium storage, structural drive in rack is often the preferred solution for higher density applications. Structural racks are thicker and the heavier construction offers improved resistance to impact from forklifts entering and exiting the racks.

You should consider using structural drive in racks:

  • When heavier capacities (1,500 lbs or more per shelf) are being stored.
  • When storing traditionally heavy and bulky items such as plywood, lumber, pipe, bar stock, steel sheets and coils, sheetrock, etc.

Due to its heavier weight, structural drive in rack costs more to ship than roll form. Roll form rack is less costly to ship because it's lighter than structural racks with the same dimensions.

Due to its heavier weight and nut and bolt connections, structural drive in racking may take longer to install, which could effect cost. Roll-form drive-in rack traditionally installs faster due to its bolt-less connection design, which allows for a fast and easy connection of the arms to the uprights.

Steel King Drive In RackingCLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Steel King Drive In Pallet Racking System
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Steel King Drive In Racking

  • 4 levels deep by floor plus 2 levels high
  • 128 bays available
  • 1,536 pallet positions available
  • Priced as low as $46.00/pallet position

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

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Structural Drive-in Rack
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Structural Drive-In Rack

This drive in rack is in like new condition - very clean and absolutely beautiful! The uprights are canted for easy forklift entry.

  • 2,000+ pallet positions available
  • 5 pallet positions deep x 3 pallet positions high (floor plus 2)
  • 21'6" height front upright (canted to 80")
  • 15' height back upright
  • 2,000 lb. capacity per pallet position
  • 48.25" bay opening width
  • Prices as low as $58.75/pallet position

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

Steel King Drive In Pallet Rack SystemsCLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Steel King Drive-in Rack System
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Two Steel King Drive In Rack Systems:

System #1 – Floor (double-stacked) plus two rail levels

  • Four deep
  • One row
  • 23 bays
  • 276 pallet positions
  • Priced at $54.00/pallet position

System #2 – Floor (double-stacked) plus two rail levels

  • Four deep back-to-back
  • 6 bays/12 bays/10 bays/7 bays
  • 816 pallet positions
  • Priced at $54.00/pallet position

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

Frazier Drive In Pallet Rack SystemCLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Frazier Drive-in Rack System
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Frazier Drive In Rack System

  • System is floor (double-stacked), three levels high by two pallets deep, back-to-back
  • 800 pallet positions
  • Aisle/column guards also available – call for pricing
  • Used as-is – As low as $46.50/pallet position

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

Drive In Pallet Rack SystemCLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Drive In Rack Bays
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Drive In Rack System

  • System is floor, two levels high by four pallets deep
  • 160 pallet positions
  • 15 bays
  • For 40" x 48" pallets
  • Cantilever leg uprights
  • Used as-is – Still only $46.50/pallet position

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

Drive In Storage Rack Systems – HilineCLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Hiline Drive-in Rack System
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Hiline Drive In Rack Systems

These drive in rack systems are currently available for immediate sale. Some of the pallet positions may need additional work due to minor damage. Please contact an SJF representative for additional details.

Pallet Rack Storage System 1

  • 207 pallet positions
  • 23 bays
  • Three levels deep, floor by two pallets high
  • Used as-is: $48.50/pallet position
    Refurbished Price: $70.00/pallet position

Pallet Storage System 2

  • 504 pallet positions
  • 30 bays
  • Three pallets deep (back-to-back),floor by two levels high
  • Used as-is: $45.00/pallet position

Pallet Rack Storage System 3

  • 270 pallet positions
  • 30 bays
  • Three pallets deep, floor by two levels high
  • Used as-is: $48.50/pallet position
    Refurbished Price: $72.50/pallet position

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

Refurbished Drive In Pallet RacksCLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Drive in Arms Before Refurbishing
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Drive In Rack Arms – Before & After Photos

SJF offers complete refurbishing services for all rack systems we sell. These photos demonstrate the differences between used drive in arms and refurbished arms. As you can see, the used arms were missing paint and had some rust. After SJF's refurbishing process, the arms are almost indistinguishable from new.

SJF can refurbish any and all storage racks and other warehouse equipment. Contact your SJF Solutions Specialist for more details.

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

Drive In Rack Systems – Ridg-u-RakCLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Ridg-u-Rak Drive in System

Ridg-u-Rak Bolt-Together Structural Drive In Rack System

This drive in racking system is currently set-up in a back-to-back configuration with 22 bays, 3 pallets deep x 5 levels high. SJF's engineering team has determined that this system can also be easily reconfigured into a 3-high x 5-deep system. Please call for details.

  • System is floor by 3 levels high by 3 pallets deep, back-to-back
  • 480 total pallet positions (20 bays)
  • For 40" x 48" pallets
  • Upright information: (1) 22'6" x 46", (2) 18' x 12", (3) 18' x (4) 46", 22'6" x 46"
  • Used as-is – As low as $45.00/pallet position

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

Drive In Rack Photos (Narrow Aisle)CLICK TO CHAT GET A QUOTE

Drive In Rack Uprights in SJF Inventory
  Drive In Rack Bays

Here are some photos of drive-in pallet rack systems we have had in our inventory in the past. These represent several different brands, layouts and configurations.

Please call (320) 485-4974 (direct sales line), (800) 598-5532 (toll-free) or Email Us for pricing, availability and lead times. If you don't see what you're looking for, our sales specialists can often find it.

Pricing & availability subject to change without notice.

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SJF Material Handling Inc. ships warehouse racking systems from multiple locations around the country:

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Ontario, Canada