Two Main Types Of Pallets
And Their Benefits
Pallets aren’t just pieces of wood nailed together, they are a crucial tool of your product packaging and logistics.
Cost Controls With Pallets
Pallets allow a company to utilize valuable space, reducing warehousing costs.
Pallets reduce handling time with a savings in man hours and reduce cost associated to wages.
Pallets are Safer
Mechanical material handling helps to cut down on personnel accidents often found with manual handling and lifting.
Damage to goods may be greatly reduced with the right program in place.
A stringer pallet is called that because it uses “stringers,” which support the unit load. The stringers are the boards, typically 2 x 4’s or 3 x 4’s, sandwiched between the top and bottom deck boards.
When specifying a stringer pallet, the length (i.e. the length of the stringer) is noted first, and the width, or length of the deckboards is noted second. Frequently, stringers may be notched to allow for partial four-way fork entry, thus creating a “4-way” stringer pallet. If the stringers are not notched, it is called a “2-way” pallet, with fork entry only from either end. Bottom deckboards can be chamfered to allow entry for the wheels of a pallet jack.
A stringer pallet with no bottom deck boards is called a skid.
Block pallets are true 4-way entry pallets. They use blocks of solid wood, plywood, or plastic to support the unit load. Typically, block pallets use 4 to 12 blocks to support the top deckboards. Curiously enough, between the blocks and the deckboards are thin stringers, which form a mat with the deckboard. Like in a stringer pallet, the length of a block pallet, is specified by the length of the stringer board and the width by the length of the deckboards. Block pallets can be designed with or without bottom deckboards, or a full-perimeter base.
Both stringer and block pallets can have a variety of deckboard configurations, number, width, and spacing. In addition, plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) can be used as deck material, otherwise known as a “panel deck” pallet.