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    Recommendations for Decent Quality But Inexpensive Garage Shelves?

    So, b/c my shop is an insulated metal building (couldn't afford the stick built...upside is 16 foot ceiling instead of 10') I find myself not making shelves from 2x4s/4x4's, etc. lag screwed to the interior wall studs on the cheap, but having to buy metal shelving. I've looked into the really heavy duty commercial grade 12' tall racks...but they are cost prohibitive even off of Craigslist.

    I found Home Depot/Sam's Club carries Edsal brand...which seems to be about the only one out there. They may re-brand it and call it "Husky" at Home Depot, but it's essentially the same thing. These aren't really "commercial quality" and though they are called "heavy duty", from what I can tell, they are more "medium duty".

    In any case, I'm looking at ones like this:

    Home Depot:

    Husky 77 in. W x 78 in. H x 24 in. D Steel Shelving Unit-ERZ782478W-4 - The Home Depot

    Sam's Club (same thing, just Edsal branded):

    Edsal Heavy-Duty 4-Shelf Steel Shelving - Sam's Club

    Menard's has a brand called Xtreme Garage which looked stronger and was cheaper...but shipping was more than each unit cost.

    I'm not wild about the mesh shelves but I can always buy particle board later to put in.

    I'm likely buying at least 3 of these for the time being...as I can X brace the backs with bolt in steel strap, remove the bottom shelf out of each (floor will serve as the "1st" shelf) and bolt them together to take a leg out and double them in length....essentially getting a 4th unit for free.

    I pretty much have to buy locally or have it shipped to a local chain for pickup b/c each rack is apparently 150 lbs. and shipping will kill the deal.

    Does anyone know of any other brands I should be looking at? Home Depot also carries "Gladiator"....but it looks like an even cheaper, lighter duty version of the Edsals.
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    We used these 4 Level Storage Rack with Zinc-Plated Wire Decking - Sam's Club

    Because as you kind of planned already, with 2 sets and enough space you get 3 sets of shelves. Can't remember shelf capacity off hand but its a lot. More Solid than anything else that they had out at Sams....very stable and cheap @ 150.00. Out of stock online presently, but I bought them at the local brick and mortar sams...so you may be able to check.
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    Buy unistrut/kindorf with all of the necessary attachment parts such as feet, etc. Use the deep channel. This way you can adjust the height of your shelves if you want to change stuff at a later date. It is galvanized, so it won't rust if you cold galv where you cut.

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    I got the edsal stuff from Lowes. It looks like the stuff in the links. I found it was cheaper to use 5/8 fiber board for the shelves instead of the wire mesh. I did the 24" deep version. I've been very happy with them. They were easy to setup and can hold lots of ammo. They're by no means precision manufactured ( had to measure the shelves individually when I cut the wood) but I think it was the best shelf for the money. With that much vertical clearance you could do the 8' height. I'm limited to the 6' but with the 4',6' or 8' length ties I was able to fit them easily in both garages. Lowes offers the contractor pack discount friending on how many pieces you order. You should be able to order them online and pick them up at a local Lowes if yours doesn't carry them. For whatever reason, mine didn't stock the 4' ties.

    If you're patient, they run the 10-20% sales online too.

    Edit. I should add that I did the "build your own" style and did not get a complete unit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech Man View Post
    Buy unistrut/kindorf with all of the necessary attachment parts such as feet, etc. Use the deep channel. This way you can adjust the height of your shelves if you want to change stuff at a later date. It is galvanized, so it won't rust if you cold galv where you cut.
    At that price, I could just buy the raw steel myself from local suppliers and make shelves that I could set completed vehicles on! LOL.
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    I use the Edsal stuff and it works really well. I can also climb them to get things down with no issues. I also use a mix of the wire mesh and plywood for shelf surfaces.
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    Looks like Lowes doesn't have all the options on their site. Home depot did though. Do a search for "edsal" and the length (48", 72" or 96") of items you're looking for and they should pop up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navalbeaver View Post
    I got the edsal stuff from Lowes. It looks like the stuff in the links. I found it was cheaper to use 5/8 fiber board for the shelves instead of the wire mesh. I did the 24" deep version. I've been very happy with them. They were easy to setup and can hold lots of ammo. They're by no means precision manufactured ( had to measure the shelves individually when I cut the wood) but I think it was the best shelf for the money. With that much vertical clearance you could do the 8' height. I'm limited to the 6' but with the 4',6' or 8' length ties I was able to fit them easily in both garages. Lowes offers the contractor pack discount friending on how many pieces you order. You should be able to order them online and pick them up at a local Lowes if yours doesn't carry them. For whatever reason, mine didn't stock the 4' ties.

    If you're patient, they run the 10-20% sales online too.

    Edit. I should add that I did the "build your own" style and did not get a complete unit
    The contractor pack discount info is helpful. Thanks.

    The reviews of all of these racks seem to say the same thing I've noticed particularly in the last few years....the thickness of material (and thus the quality) has gone down while the price has gone up. I guess "Gorilla Rack" is no longer being sold...2mm thick steel as opposed to 1.25mm....almost cut in half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navalbeaver View Post
    Looks like Lowes doesn't have all the options on their site. Home depot did though. Do a search for "edsal" and the length (48", 72" or 96") of items you're looking for and they should pop up.
    They do...it's just harder to find. And it's cheaper at Lowe's too....by about $23 for all the pieces.
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    I can't remember exactly what all they had in store when we purchased ours...but assuming they had the general mix of the stuff mentioned...that no name shelf I linked earlier was (at the time and IIRC) head and shoulders more sturdy, thicker steel and with had load capacity. I remember being quite surprised after checking out the unit that it was only 150 dollars, and instantly bought 2. We have them loaded to the hilt (I mean like, mini fridges, amplifiers, boxes of truck parts, hand and power tools, 6 or 7 of those 8 cubic foot moving boxes full of books, weights (roughly 400 lbs of plates) etc all stacked tall and deep) and they never so much as creaked. There's not a square foot where you could stack something else in there. They're floor to ceiling packed...which FWIW at that point I actually went back and bought a 3rd unit on principle that I've not used yet.

    Only real downside was, as you mentioned, wire frame shelving...
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