The basic anatomy of a plastic pallet can be boiled down to three main parts: a top deck, the bottom support and the sides.
Easy, right? Not so fast. Plastic pallets are available in a dizzying array of styles and options designed to work with specific loads, environments and equipment. How do you choose? The guide below will help you get started.
Before you Buy
Before making a purchase, you'll need answers to multiple questions including: what are you putting on the pallet top? How will you store or transport palletized loads? What equipment will you use to move the pallets? Answers to these questions and more will help match you with your best choice in plastic pallets.
Plastic Pallet Top Deck
The top deck is the surface that interfaces with your unit load. Top decks usually come in one of two designs plus many options:
Plastic Pallet Bottom Deck
The bottom deck is the understructure for supporting the load above it. Choosing a base style is determined by your storage and handling requirements. Snap-on bases offer the benefit of lower shipping costs when unassembled. One-piece plastic pallets may increase capacity for heavier loads.
Plastic Pallet Sides
This is where the tines of forklifts and pallet jacks need to fit for lifting and moving pallets. Differences in pallet height and width of openings can make the difference between working with your handling equipment and not. The two most common sides include:
Learn More about Plastic Pallets
Be sure to catch our quick video on Plastic Pallets 101. In just 10 short minutes, we introduce you to even more basics about choosing plastic pallets. If you have questions, post them below or get in touch for expert plastic pallet advice.
Post by: Mike Cunneen, Director of Sales & Marketing
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