How To Choose The Right Storage Cabinet
CABINETS ARE SOLD IN VARIOUS SHELF CAPACITIES. THE GAUGE OF THE STEEL WILL DETERMINE THE CAPACITY OF THE SHELF.
Light – Industrial Cabinets: 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.
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.