Frequently Asked Questions About Pushback Pallet Racking

Pushback pallet racking is a popular storage solution for warehouses and distribution centers, allowing for high-density storage and efficient retrieval of pallets. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about pushback pallet racking, from how it works and why you should use it to its capacity, safety considerations, cost, and maintenance. 

Pushback Pallet Racking

We’ll also look at how to install a pushback racking system and the space requirements to consider. Whether you’re just starting to research pushback pallet racking or are ready to take the plunge, this article will provide answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

What Is a Pushback Pallet Rack System?

Pushback pallet racking is a storage system that allows pallets to be stored on both sides of an aisle. It operates on a LIFO (last in, first out) basis and allows pallets to be stored in depths of two to six on each side of the aisle. This allows for a higher storage density when compared to other racking options. 

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How Does Pushback Pallet Racking Work?

As soon as the first pallet is loaded from the front, it is moved to the first cart in the lane. As each new pallet is added, it pushes the preceding ones back (hence its name) in the lane until all are safely stored up to six deep. 

When you need access to any pallet, simply lift off the topmost layer and then slowly reverse. This will cause the others next to it to move to the front until the lane is cleared. Pushback racking makes stocking and retrieving pallets quick and easy while optimizing your warehouse’s storage capacity.

Why Should You Use Pushback Pallet Racks?

Pushback racking is an ideal solution for businesses that need to store large quantities of pallets, while also managing multiple SKUs. Since this high density storage system operates on a last in, first out (LIFO) basis, it offers more flexibility than drive-in racks and allows access to pallets across different levels without having to clear the entire bay. 

It is particularly useful in the food and beverage industry, as well as other industries that may require cold storage.

How Does Pushback Pallet Racking Benefit Your Business?

  • Allows easier access to pallets
  • Increases storage space by using fewer aisles
  • Reduces risk of damage since forklifts don’t have to enter the rack

How Much Weight Can Pushback Pallet Racks Hold?

Pushback pallet racks typically have a maximum load capacity of 2,500 lbs. per pallet but can be designed for higher load ratings for heavy-duty applications.

What Types of Pushback Pallet Racking Systems Exist?

There are three type of pushback racking available: regular roll form structure for light to medium duty loads and structural steel structures for heavy to heavy duty loads. In some cases, there is a third option, a hybrid push back system which consists of structural beams and roll formed frames. There many different designs of the pushback carts and rails depending on the manufactures design.

Is Pushback Pallet Racking Safe for Warehouse Workers?

Pushback pallet racking is a safe storage system for warehouse workers when it is properly installed, maintained, used, and safety guidelines are followed. This is why it is recommended to have experts install not just pushback pallets but all racking systems. 

How Much Does Pushback Pallet Racking Cost?

The cost of pushback pallet racking can vary depending on the size and capacity of the rack, the material it is made of, and the quantity being purchased. On average, a single pallet position of pushback racking may cost anywhere from $200 upwards. 

How Do You Install a Pushback Pallet Racking System?

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  • Plan the layout and gather necessary materials and tools
  • Mark out and install anchors for the rack on the warehouse floor
  • Assemble the pushback pallet rack according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Load the rack with pallets, distributing the weight evenly and not exceeding the maximum load capacity
  • Inspect the rack regularly to ensure it is in good condition and safe to use

How Deep Can Your Pushback Racking Go?

Pushback rack systems can go from two to six pallets deep.  

What Are the Space Requirements for a Pushback Racking System?

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Pushback racking solutions require certain space considerations, and the general rule of thumb is:

  • Vertical: Level to level of beams
  • Two, three, or four deep pushback: Pallet height + 12 inches
  • Five and six deep pushback: Pallet height + 14 inches
  • Rack depth: (number of pallets deep x (pallet depth + 2 inches)) + 2 inches

How to Maintain Pushback Pallet Racking

  • Inspect regularly for signs of wear and tear or damage, and address any issues promptly
  • Keep it clean to prevent corrosion and other damages
  • Regularly check tracks for debris that may have fallen of pallets or wood splinters from the pallet and remove to avoid damage to the cart wheels
  • Use appropriate safety equipment while handling it
  • Use proper storage practices such as keeping items organized, evenly distributed, and not overloading the racks
  • Regularly check connections and perform inspections of bolts for looseness or damage

Are Used Pushback Racks Available?

From time to time, Canadian Rack Technologies may have used pushback pallet rack in stock. For the most part, the majority of pushback pallet racking systems are customized to customers particular needs they are designed and manufactured new to suit the needs required. 

Canadian Rack can help with design, manufacturing and installation of push back systems. If you need new or used racking (when available) for your facility, we can help provide it.  

Contact Canadian Rack Technologies Inc. for Pushback Pallet Racking

Are you ready to improve your warehouse storage and increase efficiency with pushback pallet racking? At Canadian Rack Technologies Inc., we specialize in helping businesses upgrade their storage systems and streamline their operations with our high-quality pushback pallet racking solutions. 

Don’t miss out on the numerous benefits that pushback pallet racking has to offer. Contact us now to learn more or request a free estimate!


Kevin Ausman is the founder of Canadian Rack Technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in providing safe and efficient turn-key storage solutions and he specializes in pallet racking, pick systems, industrial shelving, mezzanines, cantilever racks, and more. Kevin is dedicated to providing great customer service, listening to client’s needs, and supplying the best products available.

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