PALLET & SKID TYPES

PALLET & SKID TYPES

 

Four-Way-Stringer-Pallet Stringer Pallet: Uses stringers between the top and bottom boards.
Block-Pallet Block Pallet: Uses blocks between the top and bottom boards instead of stringers. It has openings at all four pallet sides sufficient to admit hand-pallet jacks; full four-way entry access.
Skid-Single-Faced Flush Pallet: A pallet built with the boards and stringers or blocks flush along the sides of the pallet is the standard style; all edges of the pallet are square. (A skid can be flush).
Reversible-Pallet Reversible Pallet: A pallet built with matching top and bottom board layout; the pallet can be on either side and work the same; generally a 2-way pallet option.Tight-Top Pallet: A pallet constructed with minimal spacing between the top boards; boards are touching side by side. (A skid can have a tight-top)
Plywood-Top-Stringer-Pallet Plywood Top Pallet: The top of the pallet uses plywood instead of boards; thickness of plywood is determined by user. (A skid can have a plywood top)
Two-Way Stringer-Pallet Racking Pallet: A pallet customized to fit in the Customer’s warehouse racking.
Single-Overhang-Pallet Heavy-Duty Pallet: Components used are of stronger quality such as doubled 2×4 stringers, thicker or wider boards. A skid can be made heavy-duty. (The diagram is a Heavy Duty Pallet with Top-Overhang).
Four-Way-Stringer-Pallet Used Pallet: Industry Standard 48”Long by 40” Wide, 4-way entry “Repaired” pallets; there may be variance in board types and spacing.

 


RELATABLE FAQ’S

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