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Pallet Weight and Capacity (Helpful Guide) | Pallet Consultants

Pallet Weight and Capacity (Helpful Guide) | Pallet Consultants

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Pallets move the world but have weight of their own. Read to find out the load performance of common wooden pallets and what they weigh themselves.

There are many different types of pallets and pallet sizes. Each has a different weight and load bearing capacity depending on their construction material and pallet dimensions. We’ll talk about a few of the most common wooden pallet sizes how much they weigh and how much they can hold. If you’d like to talk to one of our experienced pallet engineers about your pallet’s weight and load bearing capacity, start a conversation with us. We'll be reviewing the weight and weight capacity of:

  • 48 x 40 GMA pallets
  • 42 x 42 paint pallets
  • 48 x 48 drum pallets
  • 36 x 36 beverage pallets

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48 x 40 Wooden GMA Pallet

The most common of pallet sizes, the GMA pallet tips the scales into the 30 lbs. range. Measuring 48 inches long by 40 inches wide, this pallet is used in a variety of industries, including produce and grocery shipping. These pallets can weigh anywhere from 33-48 lbs. and is relatively lightweight for how much weight it can carry. GMA pallets can hold up to 4,600 lbs., that’s nearly as much as an average SUV! The weight can change depending upon how many deck boards it has and how thick those boards are. Coming in both block pallet and stringer pallet varieties, this pallet is versatile and multi-purpose. 


42 x 42 Wooden Paint Pallet

This is the second most common dimension produced by pallet manufacturers and is typically used for transporting telecommunications equipment and paints. This square pallet measures 42 inches in length by 42 inches in width. It weighs approximately 35 lbs. and has a load bearing capacity of up to 3,700 lbs. depending on construction. 


48 x 48 Wooden Drum Pallet

The third most common pallet, this one is also square. Used to transport barrels and drums filled with oil or other liquids and raw materials, these pallets weigh around 40 lbs. Although a little on the heavier side, these pallets can support up to 3,700 lbs. safely. They are also usual constructed with double stringer boards in the middle of the pallet for maximum sturdiness. 


36 x 36 Wooden Beverage Pallet

These pallets are most commonly used in the beverage industry and are what carry most of the soda, water, and other drinks you enjoy. They only weigh about 30 lbs. each and can carry up to 4,700 pounds! Talk about small and mighty. They need this extra weight capacity since liquids are so heavy in relation to their volume.


Why Pallet Weight Information is Useful

If you’re shipping and receiving products, the weight of that product matters in many ways. Your equipment will have certain load capacities just like the pallets they move. When calculating fuel costs product weight needs to be taken into account, and your automated systems and racking equipment need to be calibrated to safely move pallets carrying different weight. 


The weight of the pallets themselves also needs to be a part of all those calculations. For example, if you’re moving 100,000 lbs. of product on 25 standard 48 x 40 GMA pallets, each one carrying 4,000 lbs. Depending on the pallet construction, you could have an approximate range of 825-1,200 pounds of additional weight to consider in your plans. 


Having these figures should help you better calculate the total weight of your shipments and inventory. This is useful in optimizing transportation, inventory management, and worker safety both inside and outside your facility. Remember however that pallet weight can change depending on how they’re constructed. Block pallets and stringer pallets weigh different amounts, and deckboards in mixed numbers or thicknesses will also alter weight.

Pallet Consultants is a national pallet manufacturer offering a wide variety of pallet products including recycled pallets, specialty pallets, custom-sized pallets, new pallets and more. We provide quality pallets and pallet retrieval services to industries around the country. Start a conversation with our expert team to see how we can meet the pallet needs of your operation.