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Increasing the Life Span of Your Pallets

Increasing the Life Span of Your Pallets

If you are a courier of goods, then keeping your pallets safe and healthy means that you will essentially spend less money on pallets, or even repairing the ones that you currently have for that matter. 

Increase Forklift Lifespan

When moving your pallets from A to B, make sure your staff know how to handle them without causing damage. The best way of doing this is to ensure they know how to use the machinery required to shift goods. 

Here's a few tips on how to increase forklift lifespan, promoting healthy pallets; 

  • Train your staff on how to use the machinery, such as forklift trucks, properly. The more they know about the machinery and how to handle it, the fewer accidents happen and hopefully, less damage to the forklifts. 
  • Battery maintenance - it is recommended that you create a schedule for battery recharging. This is to allow a longer working period for your forklift, without the battery failing to operate. 
  • Preventative maintenance - having someone look at your forklift truck regularly will help to make sure any small issues do not turn into bigger problems further down the line. More so, this is how to increase your forklift lifespan the easiest way. 

Pallet Repairs

Rather than spending money on pallets, recovery is actually a much cheaper option. But, before you do this, you need to know exactly what to do and how to do it as well. 

It is crucial that you check for damaged pallets regularly. At the first sign of damage, pallet recovery should be at the top of your list as it's the cheapest option you have at this point. 

For example, a damaged pallet can be used to repair others. You can replace broken boards and you can use new stringers to reinforce any warped or broken ones. 

Treated Pallets

You may have to spend a little money on pallet treatment, but it will save you more money in the long run. A treatment is especially effective when there is a lot of obvious wear and tear and can increase life span significantly too. 

First of all, untreated pallets are more easily affected by inclement weather, bugs and moisture. This will limit their lifespan and you might find yourself buying new ones after only a year or two. 

Our Conclusion

Keeping your pallets healthy and safe is not difficult to do. Even though you have to check them regularly, doing so will save you some money in the end. 

You could also join a pallet recovery program. Such programs are based on a closed-loop system that consistently repairs your pallets when the time comes. 

For more information on our pallet delivery services, please call 08456580049 or send us a message through live chat today. 

Questions & Answers

Firstly, keep your pallets off the ground as this can lead to rotten bottom boards. Pallets also need proper airflow, so leaving them outside for the air to dry out the wood is the best way to keep pallets from rotting.

Weatherproofing wooden pallets can be done using linseed or Tung oil for a protective finish. Seal the wood with a coat of varnish and then waterproof the wooden pallet and finish with a stain-sealant.

Yes, you can seal a wooden pallet using a polyurethane wood varnish.

Pallets can last up to at least 10 years if they are kept fairly dry. Wooden pallets are naturally very durable if kept in a dry environment and should last their entire lifespan as long as they are not exposed to rain or left outside for long periods.

If storing pallets outside, you should make sure they are stacked straight and flat, and that different sizes are never mixed in each pile. You must also make sure your pallet stacks are at least 7 metres away from any buildings, flammable materials and compressed gases.

Most pallets are usually weather treated before you buy them, but in some cases they can be untreated. If you want to weatherproof untreated pallets, the best way to do it is by staining the wood using a varnish or lacquer.