How much weight can plastic pallets support?
10 Feb 2014
Plastic pallets are lighter and more durable than wooden ones and cause fewer workplace accidents for this reason. However, the weight a pallet holds depends on the material from which it is made.
High-density polyethylene pallets can support a wide range of weights. They stack well and securely and so can be moved easily with forklifts or pallet trucks.
Plastic is the preferred material for pallets in the food-processing and beverages, meat-processing, pharmaceutical and horticultural industries. The total weight they can support depends on their size and design.
• A high-density polyethylene perforated pallet measuring approximately 800 mm by 600 mm by 160 mm should be able to support a static weight of 2,000 kg and a dynamic weight of 500 kg.
• A high-density polyethylene perforated pallet that is not used in the food industry and measuring 1200 mm by 1000 mm by 150 mm can support a static weight loading of 2000 kg and a dynamic weight loading of 1000 kg.
• A solid high-density polyethylene pallet measuring 1200 mm by 1000 mm by 160 mm that can be used in food storage will be able to support a static weight loading of 7500 kg and a dynamic weight loading of 1250 kg.
• A medium-density polyethylene solid pallet measuring 950 mm by 950 mm by 200 mm should be able to support a static weight of 600 kg and a dynamic weight loading of 400 kg. This type of pallet is suitable for the food industry.
• A medium-density polyethylene solid pallet that is suitable for use in the food industry and measuring 1200mm by 1000 mm by 213 mm will support a static weight loading of 1000 kg and a dynamic weight loading of 1000 kg
A custom-built plastic pallet should be able to hold any amount of weight that the customer would require. It just depends on the design. They can be built as large as needed. Some pallets can be over 8 metres in length and 1.5 metres in width.
The Euro Pallet
Euro pallets are pallet blocks of any material measuring 1200 mm by 800 mm by 160 mm and built to the specifications outlined by the European Pallet Association (EPAL). They must be branded with the EPAL logo, as otherwise they are not considered as a euro pallet.
The wooden version of this pallet can hold any load between 250 kg and 1000 kg. The plastic version of the euro pallet can have reinforcements integrated into its design.
A pallet made from high-density polyethylene or polypropylene can be designed to hold a static weight of 7500 kg, a dynamic weight loading of 1750 kg and a racking weight loading of 1750 kg.