[rescue] Desk-height DEC "half rack"?

John Francini francini at mac.com
Fri Jan 20 10:13:45 CST 2017

I concur with Lionel. Having personally ordered about 20 of those Dell
half-racks, I can vouch for their quality and durability.  We needed to use
them for QA testing on EqualLogic disk arrays, so we would set up the
half-rack on a home-build turntable made up of a 48b
 round Formica -covered
tabletop and a bolt-on lazy susan mechanism intended for attachment to large,
heavy pallet-sized objects.

The racks were (and likely still are, Ibm not there anymore) still in
service after 7 years, and have stayed straight and true even when loaded with
500-1000 pounds of gear.


> On 20 Jan 2017, at 10:31 , Lionel Peterson <lionel4287 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Bill,
> Which aspect is most important to you, the work surface top or the rack?
> If it's the work surface, I don't really have a good answer, but if it is
> rack itself, why not get simply get a half-height rack from Dell? I picked
> up with a PS/2 slide-out keyboard/trackpad/display for $75 a while ago.
> For example:
> https://www.ebay.com/itm/322381305768
> My rack looks more like this:
> https://www.ebay.com/itm/152381568955
> Shipping on these items is asinine, I remember I bought a brand new old
> rack in MD, it was cheaper to take a day off from work and rent a cargo van
> drive from NJ to MD to pick it up.
> The first one says $50 shipping, I can't believe that.
> Lionel
> Ken
>> On Jan 20, 2017, at 4:35 AM, Bill Bradford <mrbill at mrbill.net> wrote:
>> Ages and ages ago when I lived in Austin, I had a DEC "half rack" that was
> basically meant for an LSI-based PDP-11 system.  It was approximately
> desk-height (27-29" or so) and had a laminate top so you could use it as an
>> additional work surface.
>> Does anybody recognize/remember what I'm talking about?  If so, what was
> the
>> official DEC part name / description for this?  And most important, where
> can
>> I get one, or something very similar, nowdays?
>> I bought one of these from Amazon back in 2013, but as you can see from
>> my review it's garbage - holes not drilled properly, stuff didn't line up
>> even for assembly, and Amazon ended up giving me half of my money back.  I
>> can't even use it for rack-mount eqiupment at all.
>> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MF4SKC
>> Bill
>> --
>> Bill Bradford
>> Houston, Texas USA
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