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The various design of plastic pallets

14 Oct 2013

Plastic pallets are an extremely cost-effective and durable method of transporting goods. You might think that all pallets are the same, but there are six distinct versions of plastic pallet. Each one has its own unique advantages and is better suited to particular applications. What are the different types and how can they best be used?

When you’re choosing the right type of plastic pallet to use, there are six options: stackable pallets, rackable pallets, nestable pallets, export pallets, drum pallets and solid deck pallets.

Stackable Pallets

stackable pallets

These are a great space-saving pallet for use within warehouses or when transporting goods. They have a bottom, so can be stacked on top of one another when full without causing damage to the products. This type of pallet can also be used within racks. However, the space-saving when in use isn’t mirrored when they’re empty. When stackable pallets aren’t in use they actually take up more space, resulting in higher transport costs to return them.

Rackable Pallets

RACKABLE PALLETS

This is the strongest type of plastic pallet available. They feature a bottom with either runners or a picture-frame design, enabling them to carry heavy loads. Due to their increased weight they’re much stronger than other versions. The design of this pallet enables it to fit well on top of a rack.

Nestable Pallets

Nestable pallets

Nestable plastic pallets are extremely useful within the distribution industry. They take up much less space when empty than other types of pallets, as the legs go inside each other. This makes them far easier to transport on the return leg and each truck can fit more of the pallets on, lowering costs. When they’re stored in a warehouse, they use only a quarter of the space of other pallets. As well as being a space-saving pallet, they’re also cheaper than stackable pallets.

Export Pallets

Export Pallets

This cost-effective pallet is designed specifically for the export market. Euro pallets are available in both stackable and nestable versions and can take a variety of different weights. They’re used for one-way shipping and are manufactured to meet the main size used in Europe. These pallets are produced from recycled materials, making them environmentally friendly as well as great value.

Drum Pallets

drum pallets

This is a highly specific type of pallet which can carry up to four 50-gallon drums safely. Due to its intended use, a drum pallet must be extremely durable and chemical-resistant. They are manufactured to comply with the oil-storage regulations.

Solid Deck pallets

solid deck pallets

The top of these pallets is made from solid plastic, making it a strong and durable option. It can be manufactured in a number of different versions, including pallets with reinforcement bars or perimeter lips, to help with safe handling and storage. As the top of the pallet is solid and smooth, they are far easier to clean than other models. This makes them ideal for applications where hygiene is of paramount importance.

With so many different types of plastic pallet available, it’s important that you consider how you’re going to use it. Your specific handling requirements will enable you to decide which pallet will suit your needs the best.

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