All lumber can be graded based on its quality characteristics. When grading lumber, graders are looking for defects, such as knots. Lumber graders check the size and the frequency of defects within a certain linear length. Since there is a correlation between lumber grade and defects, higher grade lumber can have better performance characteristics than lower grade material, but sometimes the higher grade is more of an aesthetic.
Hardwood vs Softwood Lumber for Pallets
For purposes of pallets and packaging, we need to talk about hardwood and softwood separately.
Knowing your application and consulting with a pallet and packaging professional is the best start in determining the proper grade of lumber.
What is your pallet application? Comment below and we can work with you to decide the best lumber grade for your application.
Post by: Rich Reiher, Vice President
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