Choosing a pallet fastener can be a delicate balancing act. Ideally, you want to land somewhere between a lower price-per-pallet and a fit secure enough to safely do the job.
Let's first look at nails. They're commonplace and often the fastener of choice. Why? Well, nails tend to flex with the wood and help maintain strength. Nails are usually cheaper. But, nails can also fail - especially if a lot of vertical force is expected on the load. We're talking product loss or handler injury. Yikes. So... are screws better? Sometimes, yes.
3 Reasons for Choosing Screws over Nails
Sometimes a nail just isn't the right fastener for connecting pallet components. This is especially true when the build application requires added grip or the pallet will be reused. That's because the right fastener can actually extend the life of a pallet.
A screw is the better pallet fastener when you need:
The wrong fastener can be a costly mistake.
Over-engineer your pallet with the wrong fastener and your price per pallet needlessly goes up. On the other hand, cheap fasteners or fast-tracked pallets can risk injury or damage loads. If you're unsure about choosing a pallet fastener, speak with a pallet professional to identify priorities and find that perfect balance.
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Post by: Jonathan Haynes, Regional Sales Manager
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