A wooden pallet is a versatile tool that can be used to help with the shipping and transportation of products. They are flat structures designed to allow forklifts, pallet jacks, and other devices to move them.
Whether you are shipping heavy or light materials, you must understand how much weight a wooden pallet can hold. Wooden pallets come in different sizes and the size, along with other characteristics, determines the amount of weight it can hold.
Keep reading to learn about some popular types of pallets along with wooden pallet weight loads.
Determining How Much Weight A Wooden Pallet Can Hold
The type of pallet you choose will vary based on how much you need to transfer and the tool you use to move the objects. Here are 5 popular types of wooden pallets.
Block pallets offer four-way entry so a forklift can access it on all sides. They are made of 4-12 cylindrical wooden posts to stabilize the top deck boards. Block pallets can be made of wood, plastic, or plywood. You can purchase a block pallet with or without a bottom board.
There are two stringer pallet options, the two-way and four-way stringer pallet. The two-way stringer pallet has boards between the top and bottom deck boards which support the load of the pallet. Unlike the block pallet, the forklift entry can only occur on two sides.
The four-way stringer pallet is the same as a two stringer pallet, but it has four side access like a block pallet. You can purchase a four-way stringer pallet with notched stringers which allow four-way entry with forklifts and two-way entry with pallet jacks.
The double-face pallet has single-face and double-face options. The bottom deck makes the pallet stronger so it can evenly distribute the weight of the load.
They can be reversible or non-reversible as well. The reversible pallets can flip so items can be stacked on either side.
Non-reversible pallets have one surface with planks more densely stored and packed.
Double Wing Pallet
A double-wing pallet has top and bottom deck boards that extend beyond the stringers or stringer boards.
Solid Deck Pallet
The solid deck pallet has one sheet of wood with no spaces. They are more aesthetically pleasing to customers due to their ease of cleaning and transport. Also, since there aren’t any spaces, transporting smaller items is easier.
Estimating How Much Weight A Wooden Pallet Can Hold
How much weight can a wooden pallet hold? The weight a pallet can take on depends on the size and load-bearing capacity.
Generally, a wooden pallet weighs 30 to 70 pounds. The weight of the pallet varies based on the pallet’s size, the type of wood, and the moisture content of the wood.
Lightweight wooden pallets can weigh between 13 and 15 pounds.
Standard Wooden Pallet Weight
A standard wooden pallet is 48″ x 40″ x 6″ with a static load-bearing capacity of 1-ton dynamic and 3 tons. This pallet will weigh 33 to 48 pounds on average.
Maximum Weight Loads
The weight loads for standard pallets at various sizes are as follows.
The 48″ x40″ sized pallets have a weight load of 4,600 lbs and are used in the grocery industry along with others.
The 42″ x 42″ sized pallets have a weight load of 3,700 lbs and are used most often to transport paint and telecommunications.
The 48″ x 48″ sized pallets have a weight load of 3,700 lbs and are used most often to transport drums.
36″ x 36″ sized pallets have a weight load of 4,700 lbs.
The weight a wooden pallet can hold also depends on how it’s stored.
If it’s on a cement floor, it will be able to support more weight than if it’s stacked with multiple pallets. When pallets are stored side-by-side on a pallet rack, they also might have different weight loads.
Choosing Wooden Pallets
If your company uses pallets regularly, knowing how much weight a wooden pallet can hold is critical. Get the information you need to prepare for a smooth shipping and transportation process.
We have been building high-quality pallets at Dominion Pallets for 50 years. Thanks to our strong relationship with lumber suppliers, we assure you reliable production and quality.