What You Need to Know
Stuck in a pallet predicament? Do you have transport needs but can’t decide between plastic, metal, wood or cardboard?
There’s a good reason why people, regardless of industry, favor wooden pallets over the other materials. Paper pallets are susceptible to moisture and aren’t very durable. Plastic pallets are not easily repairable if they crack or break while metal or aluminum pallets aren’t ideal for transport because of their weight. Also, custom-made or plastic pallets are quite expensive.
Wood pallets offer a great combination of weight, sturdiness, durability, and cost. They’re also environmentally friendly. Here’s what else you need to know about choosing to transport with a wood pallet.
The standard size of a wood pallet is 48″ x 40.” Typically, three or four stringers support the deck boards where the goods are placed. Wooden pallets usually weigh about 20-25 kilograms and are durable enough to carry the weight of heavy, bulky products. Therefore, they’re ideal for transportation regardless of the dimensions and weight of your products.
Before or during transport, wooden pallets may come into contact with pests that easily hide in the structure and ultimately multiply. Heat treatment is used on the wooden pallet to kill any harmful organisms and for environmental safety. The process of heat treatment involves heating the core of the wood at 56 degrees Celsius for no less than 30 minutes.
Most wood pallets are from “waste” lumber that didn’t pass as furniture-grade wood. However, while it’s not as attractive, it is just as strong.
The two most common wood types used for making pallets are southern yellow pine (SYP) and oak. Oak and pine lumber is commonly used due to their availability. Oak is also known for its strength. And when these woods are kiln dried, they provide a clean product that is ideal for the transport of pharmaceutical or food-related products.
When it comes to wood pallets, there is an extensive pallet recycling infrastructure. They can be reused in new pallets or used for crafty DIY projects. And because they are from “waste” lumber, no trees were cut down to make them. The refurbishment and reuse of wooden pallets are highly promoted; therefore, you would be supporting sustainability when you choose wooden pallets for your transport needs.
TRANSPORTING WITH WOODEN PALLETS
Because wooden pallets offer a flat transport structure, they stably support goods fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader, work saver or other jacking devices. Wooden pallets allow for safe and easy handling and storage efficiencies.
Wooden pallets will help you reduce loading and unloading time. Because an adequately loaded pallet is safer than products that are merely stacked and susceptible to falling down or out of place, transporting with pallets improves working conditions and worker safety. And because loading and unloading are efficient, you improve logistics and scheduling.
At Planned Packaging of Illinois Corp. (PPOIC), we distribute and manufacture new and reconditioned heat-treated wood pallets in both hard and softwood varieties. We’ve got all your wooden pallet needs covered.