Container Exchanger specializes in used metal and plastic bulk storage bins. We are experienced in selling and distributing bulk storage bins throughout the nation. We are a container supplier selling these collapsible bulk containers or rigid bulk containers to large and small companies throughout North America. Our bulk containers can take many different forms. We generally handle three types of bulk storage bins. Each type is made of a different material. We have inventories on Plastic bulk storage bins, Metal bulk storage bins, and Cardboard bulk storage bins.
Metal Bulk Storage Bins
The metal version of the bulk container can be collapsible, but most often, they are rigid. We have a very nice inventory of the 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.
Rigid metal bulk bins are especially suited to any kind of metal working plant, such as metal stamping, forging, casting, etc. 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 bins by comparison tend to be lighter duty than the rigid metal storage bins. Collapsible bins tend to be weight rated between 1,500 and 4,000 lbs. The collapsible metal bins 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.
We can find just about any bin. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our metal storage bins.
Plastic Bulk Storage Bins
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 a part transport. The weight capacity on collapsible plastic storage bins varies, but generally, the capacity ranges from 1,500 lbs to 2,500 lbs.
Collapsible bulk containers also have several size options and feature options. The sizes can be any of the following footprints:
- 30″x32″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 18″, 25″, 30″, 34″, and 39″ heights
- 40″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 16″, 25″, 30″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
- 45″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 25″, 29″, 33″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
- 56″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, and 42″ heights
- 64″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 42″, and 50″ heights
- 70″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 41″, and 50″ heights
- 78″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, 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 bins.
Some of the most popular footprint sizes are available here:
Here are some helpful files to see dimensions, weights, and capacities on Plastic Bulk Bins:
Ropak 2005 Catalog
Buckhorn Bulk Box Catalog
Schoeller Arca 45″x48″ Info Sheet
Cardboard Bulk Storage Bins
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.
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.
Here are some things to think about before purchasing a load of used gaylord boxes:
- How much will the product within the gaylord weigh when it is fully loaded?
- What size of pallets do you use primarily?
- Are you planning on stacking the gaylords?
- Is the product in the gaylord static or dynamic (dynamic loads require stronger sidewalls)?
- Do you need full bottoms for the boxes?
- Do you need top flaps for the boxes?
- Do you need lids for the boxes?
Follow this link to see a representation of our used gaylord bins.