Used Bulk Containers

Container Exchanger specializes in used metal and plastic bulk storage containers, plastic tote containers, and other bulk storage bins. We act as a broker for both end users (such as manufacturing companies) and dealers and equipment liquidators. On, you can find inventories from asset sales or from companies that are going out of business. Under all circumstances, we handle thousands of used containers each year and we have the experience to ensure that our customers are happy with their purchase. Our network of freight providers will also provide very competitive shipping rates for your orders from us.

If you need to sell your used containers, we can do it for you! We have experience selling and distributing bulk storage containers, industrial storage and shipping totes, wood crates, and plastic pallets throughout the nation. We sell our collapsible bulk containers or rigid bulk containers to large and small companies throughout North America. The used bulk containers can take many different forms. We generally handle three types of bulk storage containers. Each type is made of a different material. We have inventories on Plastic bulk storage containers, Metal bulk storage containers, and Cardboard and Wood bulk storage containers.

Used Metal Bulk Containers

The metal version of the bulk container can be collapsible. Often, a collapsible metal container is called a wire basket, but there are also rigid metal containers as well. We sell used metal bulk containers throughout the nation, but most of the containers tend to be located in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ontario. Metal bins are a nice and heavy duty way to handle parts within a manufacturing environment.

Wire Basket

Rigid metal bulk containers are especially suited to any kind of metal working plant, such as metal stamping, forging, or casting. The rigid metal bulk containers are often suited to handle 4,000 lbs or more and can be stacked several bins high. When purcasing rigid metal containers, you may want to pay attention to the thickness of the wire mesh sides as a good indication to the capabilities of the container. We can help you find any metal bins for your manufacturing or distribution system. If you are trying to purchase additional metal containers to complement your current inventory of containers, you will need to provide us with a precise size of the container (length, width, and height). You will also need to note the mating mechanism for the metal storage bin. Pictures are most helpful in this situation, so that we can ensure that the new metal bins will be stack compatible with you existing bins.

Collapsible metal storage containers or used wire baskets by comparison tend to be lighter duty than the rigid metal storage bins. Collapsible containers tend to be weight rated between 1,500 and 4,000 lbs. The collapsible metal containers are a nice option for a small metal shipping bin. They work well in this situation, because the sides of the container can be collapsed, thereby reducing the size of an empty container. The collapsed storage bin can be stacked in a corner of the warehouse, or they can loaded onto a trailer for return shipment to your plant. The reduced size saves shipping costs.

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Used Plastic Bulk Containers

The plastic version of bulk containers are almost always collapsible. Here at Container Exchanger, we call these items "Pallet Containers". These collapsible plastic bulk containers are made from a rigid structrual foam material that is extermely strong and durable. These collapsible containers are suitable for many manufacturing applications, such as part storage and part transport. The weight capacity on collapsible plastic storage bins varies, but generally, the capacity ranges from 1,500 lbs to 2,500 lbs.

Plastic Bulk Container

Collapsible bulk containers also have several size options and feature options. The sizes can be any of the following footprints:

  • 30"x32" Collapsible Bulk Containers, available in 18", 25", 30", 34", and 39" heights
  • 40"x48" Collapsible Bulk Containers, available in 16", 25", 30", 34", 39", 42", 48", and 50" heights
  • 45"x48" Collapsible Bulk Containers, available in 25", 29", 33", 34", 39", 42", 48", and 50" heights
  • 56"x48" Collapsible Bulk Containers, available in 19", 25", 34", and 42" heights
  • 64"x48" Collapsible Bulk Containers, available in 19", 25", 34", 42", and 50" heights
  • 70"x48" Collapsible Bulk Containers, available in 19", 25", 34", 41", and 50" heights
  • 78"x48" Collapsible Bulk Containers, available in 25" and 34" heights

The other primary options with plastic bulk storage bins is the color and the number of drop doors, or access panels. The access panels provide a way to access product that may be in the bottom of the bin without an operator leaning over the sidewall of the container.

Some bins are more common than other bins. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our plastic bulk storage containers .

Here are some helpful files to see dimensions, weights, and capacities on Plastic Bulk Containers:
Ropak 2005 Catalog
Buckhorn Bulk Box Catalog
Schoeller Arca 45"x48" Info Sheet

Used Cardboard and Wood Bulk Storage Containers

Cardboard bulk storage bins are generally referred to as Gaylord Boxes or Cratons. Most bulk cardboard boxes come from plastic injection molders, where the boxes once held raw plastic resins. Other boxes can come from storing food products, such as watermelons or lettuce. Clearly, due to the different uses for large cardboard boxes, there are many different styles, thicknesses, and weight capacities. No matter what your requirements are, purchasing used gaylord boxes can be challening. There is often more demand than supply, and significant quantities are going to be the minimum purchase amounts.

Gaylord Box

Sizes of bulk carboard boxes can vary significantly, but many boxes are sized for either 40"x48" pallets or 45"x45" pallets. Thickness of the boxes can range from 2 layers of cardboard all the way up to 5 layers of cardboard. The number of wall layers is a pretty good indication of the overall strength of the box, where the more layers of cardboard indicate a stronger box. However, this is not always the case, as some bulk cardboard boxes have thicker individual layers than other boxes. Some boxes are rated for a particular capacity, so it is often recommended that you inquire about this feature before purchasing a box.

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