If you’ve recently started a business and you’re looking into freight delivery services, it may surprise you to learn that there are different types of pallets available. Each of these has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, some are better suited for shipping heavier loads. If you’re unsure of which type of pallet to choose for your cargo, you can ask the freight carrier representative for help.
Stringer and block pallets are the two basic configurations of pallets. Stringer pallets get their name from the “stringers” found between the top and bottom decks. Stringers are 2X4 or 3X4 pieces of wood that help support the weight of the cargo. These pallets sometimes feature notches that allow transportation via forklift.
Although stringer pallets can sometimes be moved by forklifts if they feature notches, block pallets are generally the preferred type for forklift transport. That’s because they use multiple pieces of material that feature open spaces at the bottom of the pallet, enabling forklift entry on all four sides.
Pallets can also be classified according to the material they’re made from. The most commonly used are made from wood. Wooden pallets are very affordable, and easy to stack and repair. However, they don’t hold up well to heavy loads. They can also be expensive to ship because of their weight. Because they are prone to mold, wooden pallets aren’t ideal for certain commodities, such as food, beverages, and chemicals.
Plastic pallets are more expensive than wood, but they’re considerably more durable. Plus, they’re cheaper to ship because they are lightweight. However, if they become damaged, plastic pallets are nearly impossible to repair.
For all of your delivery needs, you can trust the professional drivers and reliable fleet of Xcel Delivery Services. We provide same-day, last mile delivery services as well as freight transport and aircraft on ground (AOG) courier services. If you have any questions or wish to request a quote, you can call a knowledgeable representative in Phoenix at (602) 368-1300.
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