If your business is at the beginning of its journey – namely, your goods delivery business – then you will clearly reach a point when you will have to ship a pallet, or more, depending on demand.
It will be beneficial for you to get familiar with all the available pallet types. Our team of experts are on hand to answer any queries if you are supplying a pallet. However, it is important to get an understanding about which pallet types you can use.
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This type of pallet is the most common and usually required by most pallet companies, mainly because it is quite strong and can be easily repaired. Moreover, it comes with much higher friction, making it easier to grip.
These pallets are usually used for heavy duty products. The wooden pallet is very environmentally-friendly, as it can be recycled into paper and many other wood-based products.
Also known as engineered wood, Presswood is made from wood fibres that have been processed in high pressure and temperature in order to form a single block. The Presswood pallets are quite light and come with decent strength.
However, the downside is that they are not quite water-resistant and not as strong as the wooden pallets.
In the case of light to medium goods, plywood pallets are probably your best choice. They are very light and can survive a quite rough usage. When compared to wooden and Presswood pallets, plywood is known to be more resistant to moisture and bug infestations. On the other hand, they can easily degrade if not properly maintained.
Usually made of aluminium or other light metals, metal pallets can be reused for quite some time. Also, they are free from pest infestation and do not degrade. However, the downside is that they cannot be repaired easily – that and the fact that they are usually quite heavy, an aspect that increases the shipping costs.
The plastic pallet is resistant to most, if not all, of the issues mentioned so far, including chemical corrosion, stress, and shock. It is also quite stable and versatile.
Still, given the way it is manufactured, it can be very hard to repair such a pallet. Even if a crack is repaired, the pallet won’t regain its initial strength. Plastic pallets are also quite expensive and cannot be recycled.
Corrugated Board Pallets
Probably the simplest of pallets, this type can withstand up to 750 kg of weight. The corrugated board pallets are usually lightweight and can be customised.
However, keep in mind that they are not suited for regular and/or repeated use. Moreover, they are prone to damage when exposed to various weather elements.
Types of Pallets – Configuration
When it comes to configuration, pallets can be found in five types:
- Block/ Deck Board Pallets – allows forklift access from all directions; their upper deck is supported by twelve columns of metal, plastics, or wood from the bottom. They come with high handling efficiency.
- Stringer Pallets – comes with increased support when compared to block pallets. Stringer pallets are equipped with two boards running across two opposite sides of the pallet, thus blocking forklift access from those sides.
- Double Face Pallets – this type of pallet has a top and a bottom deck that can be used with any side up, an aspect that also increases the pallet’s strength.
- Double Wing Pallets – they have the top and bottom deck extending beyond the stringers in order to offer additional surface area.
- Solid Deck Pallets – fit for transporting smaller items, these solid deck pallets have a continuous sheet of metal, plastic, or wood with no spacing.
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