PALLET & SKID TYPES
How do you know what the length of the pallet is vs the width of the pallet?
- The industry standard is Length times Width (LxW)
- Length is the first dimension stated and width is the second dimension stated when describing a pallet or skid
- The length of the pallet is the length of the stringers (usually 2x4s) or the direction the forks will enter parallel to the stringers
- The width of the pallet is the top and bottom board length
- Industry standard pallet size is 48”x40” which is 48 inches long by 40 inches wide
Why are pallets measured in inches?
- Even though Canada uses the metric system of measurement dimensional lumber is most frequently purchased and sold in linear measurements as per the imperial system such as feet and inches
- The industry standard is to state pallet measurements in inches
What’s the difference between 2 way and 4way?
- 2way entry means the pallet can only be entered from 2 directions parallel with the length of the pallet; the stringers are not notched they are solid
- 4way entry means the pallet can be entered from all 4 directions; the 2×4 stringers of the pallet will have notches
- Block pallets provide 4way entry as well; there are no notched stringers instead the stringers are built using blocks in the corner points
What’s the difference between a pallet and a skid?
- A pallet has both top boards and bottom boards; the bottom boards support the structure of the pallet to stop it from collapsing
- A skid only has top boards; typically a skid’s stringers are 2×3 (lower profile) or 4×4 (sturdier) to stop the stringers from collapsing or folding over
What kind of wood do you use?
- Grades of lumber A-1 Pallet uses are #2&B and Economy; both are certifiable
- A-1 Pallet uses softwood lumber SPF which stands for Spruce/Pine/Fir; certifiable
- A-1 Pallet provides green lumber options using Mill Run Rough which is usually hemlock or fir; non-certifiable