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Principle Parts of Wooden Pallets (1.1)

 

Pallet Designs

There are two designs of wooden pallets in general use.

  • 2-Way Pallets (1.2)
  • Permit entry of pallet jack or forklift from two sides only and in opposite directions.

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1.1

 

1.2

 

  • 4-Way Pallets
  • Permit entry of handling equipment from four sides. 4-way pallets may be designed in two different ways:

    - Notched Stringer Design (2.1):

    Allows 4-way entry only with forklifts and 2-way entry with pallet jacks.

    - Block Design (2.2):

    Allows 4-way entry of both forklifts and pallet jacks.

 

2.1

 

2.2

Pallet Styles

There are two styles of wooden pallets in general use.

  • Single-Face Pallets (3.1):
  • They have only one deck which is the top surface.

  • Double-Face Pallets (3.2):
  • They have two decks forming the top and bottom surfaces. The bottom deck helps distribute the load when tiered and adds strength to the pallet. Double-face pallets are usually manufactured in one of two forms:

Reversible Pallets (3.2)

They have identical top and bottom decks. Goods may be stacked on either deck.

Non-Reversible Pallets (3.3)

They have top deckboards more closely spaced than on the bottom.

 

3.1

 

3.2

 

3.3

Key Questions

What weight must the pallet carry?

Will it consist of a single load or will the pallets be stacked?

What are the optimum board dimensions on top and bottom decks to ensure integrity?

What wood type is required hardwood or softwood?

Does the pallet require CFIA certification?