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Pallet Basics





Block rectangular, square, multi-sided, or cylindrical deck spacer

Block pallet – a type of pallet with blocks between the pallet decks or beneath the top deck

Chamfer machined or molded inclined surface along part or full length of edges of deck boards between stringers or blocks to facilitate passage of fork-arm wheels of pallet trucks and to guide tines of fork lift truck during entry into pallet; also referred to as bevel

Deckboard element or component of a pallet deck, perpendicular to the stringers or stringer boards

Hardwood a wood from broad-leaved tree species (not necessarily hard in texture or dense) like Birch, Maple, Oak and Tamarack

Notch filleted cutout in lower portion of the stringer to allow entry for the fork tine, usually 9” in length and 1-1/4” to 1-1/2” in height

Pallet a portable, horizontal, rigid, composite platform used as a base for assembling, storing, stacking, handling and transporting goods as a unit load, often equipped with a superstructure

Pallet size overall dimension of a pallet typically stated in terms of length followed by width and height; for example, a 48”x40” pallet is 48” long and 40” wide; has 48” stringers or stringerboards and 40” deckboards

Skid a pallet without bottom deckboards or deck

Softwood wood from coniferous or needle-bearing species of trees (not necessarily soft in texture or of low density) like Spruce, Pine or Fir

Stringer continuous, longitudinal, solid, or notched beam-component of the pallet used to support and space the deck components, often identified by location as the outside, interior or center stringer; bearer; runner

Stringer pallet a type of pallet with stringers between the deckboards or beneath the panel deck

Trip typically a series of four to six handlings of the pallet, required to move a palletized unit load from the shipping point to the receiving point

Uniform standard for wood pallets a comprehensive standard for the manufacture and repair of wood pallets that’s available through NWPCA; also outlines “best practices”

Unit load the assembly of goods or a single item on a pallet for handling, moving, storing or stacking as a single entity; it includes the supporting pallet


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