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Rack System

Don't Crack Your Rack

Protecting pallet racks in high forklift traffic areas can be tricky. Ideal Shield Rack System Guardrail options are designed with strength in mind. Perfect for protecting the ends of racks and walls from forklift damage, our Pallet Rack Guards options can be customized to fit individual facility needs.

Rack System Guardrail 

This low maintenance guardrail system is designed to protect the ends of storage pallet racks and to be strong enough to withstand multiple impacts from forklifts. It’s available in Core-and-Drop or Base Plate installation and can be designed specifically for your job with one-line or two-line systems. This storage rack protection guardrail is made from schedule 40 and schedule 80 steel pipe and sleeved in HDPE plastic, which means it will never need to be painted. 

Standard heights include 24″, 36″ and 42″ while the standard lengths included 48″, 72″ and 96″

Steel Rack Guards 

If you’re looking for protection down the line and between the racks while still being able to access the area, our new Steel Rack Guards are designed to protect the vertical framing from forklifts and carts. Made from ¼” U.S. Steel, these upright frame guards are designed to be installed around the vertical frames of the pallet rack. For better visibility, the rack guards are powder coated in yellow.  

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Product Details

Posts: 6″ schedule 40 pipe sleeved in 1/4" thick HDPE plastic
Rails: 4" schedule 40 pipe sleeved in 1/4" thick HDPE plastic
Heights: Standard 42"
Lengths: Standard 48", 72" or 96" overall
Install: Base Plate or Core & Drop

*Installation hardware not included

Part Number Example:

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Made to Withstand Forklift Collisions

Ends or Corners of Pallet Racks


Safety Yellow or Gunmetal Gray


One or Two Line Systems

Made to Meet Your Exact Needs

The Ideal


Cost Savings

  • Withstands multiple impacts without damage
  • Never repair, never replace
  • Can be designed to fit your facility’s needs 

Optimum Protection

  • Zero deflection on impact which maximizes floor space
  • Rounded end posts for high traffic forklift corners
  • Square or rounded base plate options available

Quick & Easy Install

  • Arrives fully assembled to reduce installation costs
  • Rounded Base Plates for surface-mounted installation
  • Core & Drop available to limit trip hazards 



Frequently Asked

Standard Guardrail is made of 4’’ sch. 40 steel pipe rails and 2 1/2 sch. 80 steel pipe posts. The guardrail can withstand a 12,000 lb. forklift traveling 4 mph. Heavy Guardrail is made of 6’’ sch. 40s steel pipe rails and 4’’ sch. 80 steel pipe posts. The guardrail can withstand a 12,000 lb. forklift traveling 8 mph.
Yes, you can plate or core drill depending on your application.
Ideal Shield’s Heavy Guardrail System is the strongest guardrail on the market; it can withstand multiple hits from a 12,000 lb. forklift traveling 8 mph. The guardrail is modular, delivers to site fully assembled and never requires paint. Lastly, the system can be placed with 6” to 8’’ of a wall which saves valuable floor space.
Our standard lengths are 4’, 6’, 8’, 10’ and 12’ sections. For continuous runs, we recommend that you use as many 12’ sections as possible and space each section 6’’-8” apart.
Yes, we can build to any specification.
You can install our Guardrail a number of different ways: 1) You can surface mount using anchor expansion bolts (3/4” x 6”). 2) On application of 27” and shorter you can use a 5 1/8” core bit, core hole depth of pavement and drop the railing into place thus making the railing modular. On installation of 28” or higher, you can add steel floor sleeves so your railing is still modular 3) You can cement the railing into place for a permanent installation.
You can re-sleeve the guardrail section if needed.
We use a no-weld process which allows the guardrail to disperse energy upon impact, creating a stronger, more durable guardrail. Once assembled, the posts and base plates will tighten into place and be stable for contact.

What our customers are saying

“First and foremost, we have loved the bases. They have gone through the various states of weather that Minnesota has to offer and they are withstanding the weather and doing a great job for us. At this time, we have all of our needs, however, after the Super Bowl and when we head into our spring events we could be looking to purchasing additional signs. ” 

Representative from US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings & Super Bowl 52

“This is just what we were looking for. Well made. We will be installing it next week. Everyone here is excited to have a railing to hang onto with winter coming. We at St. Cyprian thank you and your facility for help us.”

Carl Baltosiewich w/St. Cyprian

“Ideal Shield had some of the best prices on the market for bollards and covers. They were very easy to deal with and provided prompt shipment. The quality of the material was exceptional and a breeze to install.” 

James Harvill

“Steris Pharmaceutical chose Ideal Shield handrail because it’s sturdy, and the mounting brackets worked really well. Very happy with the product.”

Kevin Korb - Rite Hite

“When compared to other railing systems, Ideal Shield’s anchor system is cost-efficient and super strong – plus fully removable for relocation. Ideal Shield offers quality products that are very durable and never require painting.”

Donnie Frederick - Odessa College

“Ideal Shield has helped me out of many issues over the last couple of years. The restaurant business is always under a sense of urgency. It’s refreshing when someone drops everything & goes the extra mile to help. That is VERY rare this day & age.” 

Kari Carper - BDH Contracting

“I am speechless, I have never had a company go above and beyond what Y’all are doing for Us.  There are only two words to describe Ideal Shield Character and Integrity.  I will be sure to tell everyone I do business with about your company. ” 

Joe W. - AT&T

“Amazing customer service! I had many questions and multiple emails back and forth with them to match the correct product to my needs. They responded very quickly and precisely. Sales associate was exceptional to deal with! Amazing customer service! I had many questions and multiple emails back and forth with them to match the correct product to my needs. They responded very quickly and precisely. Sales associate was exceptional to deal with!”

Dave Albright

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