The Search for Empty Crates: Exploring Your Options

Empty crates are more than just storage and transportation solutions; they’re the first step in protecting your valuable equipment safely. At Sullivan Industrial Services, we understand the importance of reliable crating. We don’t just supply crates; we provide a comprehensive crating service tailored to your needs. Whether you need to transport delicate technology, heavy machinery, or anything in between, we have the expertise to source and create the perfect crate for your items. With us, you’ll find the right crate, every time.

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Familiar Sources for Empty Crates

Once you have come to the conclusion that you will need some form of crating to move your piece of machinery, you may think it is a good idea to try to source a crate yourself. While this is possible, it is often more of an inconvenience to try to find the right solution versus having a professional team like Sullivan Industrial Services take care of the entire process for you, usually resulting in custom crating which cannot be easily found. Nevertheless, we have included this list below for those who are interested.


Retail and Warehouse Outlets

Retail stores and warehouses often have a surplus of empty crates after receiving their shipments. If they want to get rid of them, they might be willing to sell you these crates cheaply or even give them away for free.

Online Marketplaces

Online marketplaces like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay are great places to find empty crates. You can often see various sizes and materials at competitive prices.

Local Manufacturing Companies

Local manufacturing companies may have leftover crates from their production processes. Contact them directly to see if they can sell you any empty crates.

Construction and Demolition Sites

You can find usable crates from construction and demolition sites by carefully selecting them. Always ask permission from the site manager before taking anything, and prioritize safety when entering such a site.

Agricultural and Farming Suppliers

Agricultural and farming suppliers often use crates to transport fruits, vegetables, and other products. They may be willing to sell you empty crates or even give them away for free.

Shipping and Logistic Companies

Shipping and logistics companies use a lot of crates to transport goods. They may have empty crates that they are willing to sell or recycle. Contact them directly to inquire.

Furniture Stores

Some furniture stores may sell empty crates used to ship their furniture. These crates can be a great way to get high-quality wooden crates at a reasonable price.

Industrial Surplus Stores

Industrial surplus stores sell various used industrial items, including empty crates. You can often find a good deal on crates at these stores.

Recycling Centers and Services

Recycling centers and services may collect empty crates for their recycling program. While they may not sell them, they can point you in the right direction regarding who sells empty crates.

Community Boards and Social Media Groups

Community boards and social media groups can be a great place to find free or cheap empty crates. People often post about unwanted items, including empty containers, on these platforms.


Plant Relocation and Reorganization Guide

For one reason or another, you may find it more beneficial to relocate your plant. An endeavor easier said than done. There is a lot that goes into relocating and reorganizing a plant or shop. You have to consider your employees, equipment, budget, productivity, etc.

The Challenges of Self-Crating

While finding crates may be an option, there are some challenges to consider before you dive into self-crating.

Understanding the Risks

  • Improper Packing: Crates from various sources may not be designed for specific items, leading to potential damage during transport.
  • Safety Concerns: Heavy lifting and maneuvering large crates can lead to personal injuries, especially without proper equipment or assistance.
  • Time Commitment: Finding crates, prepping them for use, and packing them efficiently can be very time-consuming.
  • Hidden Costs: While crates are free or cheap, buying packing materials, renting a truck, and needing extra help can add up quickly.
  • Durability Concerns: Used crates may have hidden damage or be made from weaker materials, increasing the risk of breakage during transport.

When DIY Isn’t Enough

  • Fragile or Valuable Items: Professional packing and crating services ensure the highest level of protection for delicate or irreplaceable items.
  • Large or Bulky Items: Oversized furniture or oddly shaped objects might be difficult or unsafe to pack in self-sourced crates.
  • Long-Distance Moves: For long journeys, professional crating with sturdier materials and proper bracing techniques minimizes the risk of damage.
  • Lack of Expertise: Professional services can provide peace of mind if you’re unfamiliar with packing techniques or need clarification on crate strength.

Beyond the Crate: The Value of Expertise

While empty crates can be a tempting option, there are significant advantages to using professional crating services.

Professional Crating: More Than Just a Box

Professional crating companies go beyond simply providing a box. They offer a complete packing solution that includes:

  • High-Quality Materials: They use sturdier wood, durable plywood, and specialized foams to ensure the highest protection during transport.
  • Custom Crating: Crates are built specifically for your item’s size, weight, and fragility, providing a perfect fit and minimizing movement during transit.
  • Expert Packing Techniques: Professionals know how to properly secure items with dunnage (packing materials), bracing, and strapping to prevent damage from bumps, vibrations, or shifts.
  • Compliance with Shipping Regulations: They ensure your crated items meet all shipping carrier requirements, avoiding delays or rejections.
  • Insurance Options: Many professional crating services offer insurance on your items for added peace of mind.

Tailored Solutions for Your Items

Professional crating companies can handle a wide range of items, including:

  • Fine Art and Antiques: Fragile and valuable pieces require specialized packing techniques and climate-controlled environments that professional crating services can provide.
  • Electronics and Machinery: Sensitive equipment needs shock-resistant crating to protect delicate components.
  • Medical Equipment: Professional crating ensures medical devices arrive safely and functional.
  • Trade Show Displays: Crating protects booth components and ensures a flawless presentation.

Why Choose Sullivan Industrial Services?


Expertise in Custom Crating

At Sullivan Industrial Services, we boast a team of experienced professionals specializing in custom crating solutions. We understand that one-size-fits-all doesn’t apply when protecting your valuable items. We will carefully assess your needs and design custom crates to ensure optimal protection during transport.

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Industrial Crating – A Complete Guide

Crating is a way in which products are packaged in order to be shipped and stored. In other words, a product is placed in a crate so it can remain secure and protected during transit. 

Comprehensive Services for Secure Transport

Sullivan Industrial Services goes beyond just creating crates. We provide a comprehensive service package that includes:

  • On-site Crating
  • Packing and Dunnage
  • Transportation Coordination
  • Installation Services

Making the Right Choice for Your Crating Needs

Protecting your valuables during transport is crucial whether you’re moving across town or the country. Now that you understand the limitations of self-crating and the advantages of professional services, it’s time to make an informed decision.

The Sullivan Industrial Services Advantage

At Sullivan Industrial Services, we offer a compelling advantage over other crating companies:

  • Unmatched Expertise
  • Comprehensive Solutions
  • Commitment to Quality
  • Peace of Mind
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Contact Us Before You Crate

Don’t risk damage to your valuables with inadequate crating solutions. Contact Sullivan Industrial Services today for a free consultation to discuss your needs. Our team of experts will create a customized crating plan to ensure your items arrive safely and securely at our destination.

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