Shipping pallets have found a prominent place all through-out history as reliable transportation structures for stably supporting goods while being processed and moved by crane or a jacking device. Pallets can be found in many different shapes and sizes and can be made from a variety of materials like paper, metal and plastic although they’re most commonly constructed from wood.
Most pallets fall into one of two broad categories, stringer pallets or block pallets. A stringer pallets structure consists of three or ore pieces of lumber called stringers which the top deck supports are attached to. These types of pallets are generally less sturdy than block pallets and are by design better suited for forklift transportation.
Block pallets are constructed with both parallel and perpendicular stringers to create a stronger structure. These types of wooden pallets are better suited for long transportation.
Shipping pallets are most often constructed from wood but come in a variety of different materials. Softwood pallets are the cheapest and are often discarded as trash after a job has been completed. Hardwood pallets or block pallets are often returned to the sender or sold after use.
Wooden pallets have taken the place of a lot of containerization because of the decrease in expense. Most wooden pallets are capable of supporting nearly two thousand pounds making them a light and efficient way to support and transport large quantities of goods. There are companies nationwide that provide customers with the ability to choose what kind of pallets and the material they are made of and have them delivered at job sites.