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How To Choose The Right Storage Cabinet

CABINET SELECTION GUIDE

CABINETS ARE SOLD IN VARIOUS SHELF CAPACITIES.  THE GAUGE OF THE STEEL WILL DETERMINE THE CAPACITY OF THE SHELF.

 

Light – Industrial CabinPicture1ets: Shelf capacity 125 -199 pounds. These cabinets are constructed with the lightest gauge of steel (20-24 gauge), designed for non-abusive work environments or office storage.

Standard – Industrial Cabinets: Shelf capacity 200 -399 pounds. These cabinets will be constructed with a lighter gauge of steel (16-22 gauge), designed for moderately harsh work environments.

Heavy – Industrial Cabinets: Shelf capacity 400 -999 pounds. These cabinets are constructed with a thick gauge of steel (14-20 gauge), designed for long-term use in harsh environments.

Ultra – Capacity Industrial Cabinets: Shelf capacity 1,000 plus pounds. These cabinets are constructed with the thickest gauge of steel (12-16 gauge), designed for the most abusive environments, and for storing the heaviest material.

 

Terminology:

Shelf Capacity – Rated by the manufacturer.  This is the maximum amount of weight evenly distributed a shelf can safely hold.

Gauge Of Steel: Each gauge number related to the standard minimum thickness.  As the gage number goes down the steel become thicker.  Example: 18 gauge is at minimum 0.428 thick, and 12 gauge is at minimum .0966 thick.

Shelf Openings: the number of openings between shelves, including the space at the bottom of the cabinet.

Single-Point Lock – Secures the doors at the center point only.

Two-Point Lock – Secures the doors at the top and bottom of the cabinet.

Three-Point Lock – Secures the doors at the top, center, and bottom of the cabinet.

Piano Hinge – The door hinge runs continuously from the top to the bottom providing more security in strength.

Leaf Hinge – A standard door hinge consisting of two leaves that are joined together by a pin or metal rod.

Unassembled – Assembly is required.  Hardware is provided by the manufacturer.  Unassembled cabinets may cost less and are less expensive to ship.

Set-Up – The cabinet is either bolted or riveted together at the factory, no assembly required.

All-Welded – The cabinet is put together using various welding techniques. No assembly is required.