Do you have questions about pallets? Here are the answers to some of the most common pallet questions we hear...
Why are there slots in the side of pallets?
These slots are called notches and they allow a forklift to move the pallet from the sides.
What does the "ISPM-15" stamp mean?
It is a stamp that informs customs that the pallet meets the international shipping standards and has been heat treated to kill any insects that may have been living within the wood.
What is the difference between a stringer and block pallet?
Stringers have 2x4's that make up the length of the pallet, whereas block pallets have 9 blocks, usually 4x4' or 4x6'.
What is the cost to repair a pallet?
It depends what damage the pallet has sustained, but generally costs between $2.00 - $4.00.
What is the right way to refer to pallet measurements?
You should always say the length measurement first, and then the width. For example, the pallet below would be referred to as a 48"x40" pallet.
How is pallet strength determined?
Strength is a measurement used to quantify a pallet's breaking capacity. The industry safety standard designates the strength at 2 and a half times the average pallet breaking point, to avoid dangerous situations. So, if a specific type of pallet breaks at 5,000 lbs., on average, the strength capacity would be determined to be 2,000 lbs.
What is deflection?
Deflection is the amount of sag or give that occurs on a loaded pallet. It is important to obtain deflection measurements when comparing pallets, as deflection itself can affect product store and transportation. In severe cases, deflection can even prevent fork lifts from properly inserting into the pallet. The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) limits deflection to 1.9% of the greatest span. For example, in a storage system with supports spaced every 44 inches, deflection would be limited to about 3/4 of an inch.
What is the difference between a hardwood and softwood pallet?
A softwood pallet is one that is made from an evergreen tree, such as a Douglas Fir. If a pallet is made from a tree that does not stay green all year, Oak for example, it is made of hardwood.
How long have pallets been in use?
Since the mid-1920s.
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