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Standard Guide on Pallet Components  | Pallet Consultants

By: Pallet Consultants on February 28th, 2019

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Standard Guide on Pallet Components  | Pallet Consultants

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Pallets are made from many different parts. Here's an overview of common pallet components.

Wooden pallets are composed of many different parts, each with their own function. Read this guide on pallet components to learn about each pallet part. To learn more about the importance pallet components play in their weight capacity and how this can impact your operation, start a conversation with us. This guide will review:

  • Stringers
  • Blocks
  • Notches
  • Deckboards
  • Lead boards
  • Chamfered edges

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1. Stringers

A solid board extending the full length of the pallet, perpendicular to the deck boards and placed between deck boards and blocks. Essentially, you a have two support stringers and a center stringer to form the pallet. An Average stringer can range to 1.5-inch by 3.5-inch piece of lumber.




2. Notch

It is an opening located on the lower part of a stringer where the pallet can be lifted with a forklift. Each stringer has two entry ways. 



3. Deck boards

An element or component of a pallet located at top and bottom, perpendicular to stringers forming the support and stability of a pallet.



4. Top Lead Boards

Two pieces of lumber at the front and back of the pallet.Pallet



5. Bottom Lead Boards

A component piece of lumber that is located at the front and back of the pallet.




6. Inner Deck boards

The pieces of lumber that will support the pallet and allow for the support of majority of the weight. Spacing requirements are what dictates the number of deck boards used and ensure the structural strength of the pallet.


7. Block

A rectangular, square, multi-sided, or cylindrical deck spacer, often identified by its location within the pallet as corner block, end block, edge block, inner block, center or middle block. This element is used to build a block style pallet.


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8. Chamfer

The entryways along the edges of the deck board between either the 2x4 piece of lumber or blocks.




How much can a pallet hold?

The unit load weight of products is an important factor to consider when building pallets. A standard 48 x 40 pallet can hold up to 4,600 lbs. of weight. Pallet Consultants can create and analyze your pallets using the leading pallet design software program Pallet Design System© (PDS). Considering the weight of products will provide an understanding of what pallet size or grade needed for your business. The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association is a resource that can assist in calculating the unit load weight for your pallet.

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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.