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Pallets 101

Types of Pallets

Grading of Recycled Pallets

More Pallet Terminology

DECK BOARDS                      Are located on the top and bottom of the pallet, generally 5/8” flat boards


STRINGER BOARDS             The middle part of the pallet, generally constructed of 2 x 4’s


NAILS                                        2” metal screw nails


SPLICER PLATE                     Metal plates used to splice two stringers or reinforce cracked stringers


SKID                                           A pallet with no bottom deck boards, just strings and top deck boards


HT                                               Heat Treated


LEAD BOARD                           The boards on ends of pallet, sometimes wider then other deck boards


DECK BOARD SPACING        The distance between the deck boards


NOTCHED                                 A stringer that has two 9” x 1 ½” cut-out “notches” spaced 18” apart


4-WAY ENTRY                           A pallet that has 4 side entrances for a forklift to enter with forks


2-WAY ENTRY                           A pallet that has 2 side entrances for a forklift to enter with forks


BLOCK PALLET                        A pallet that has square blocks of wood in place of linear strings


48 x 40                                        48 inches (stringers) by 40 inches (deck boards); most common size pallet



Pallets in the Food Industry

Pallets for International Shipping

New vs. Reclaimed Wood

Renting vs. Buying

Environmental Impact

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