Plastic Versus Wood
Wood pallets usually have a top and bottom deckboard, which are held together by three runners. Most wood pallets are made of decking lumber fastened with either screws or nails. Some wood pallets have panels instead of deckboard strips on top. There are a number of different styles of wood pallets. Pallets can have two or four forklift entry points. They may also have full decking on the top, bottom or both top and bottom.
- Lower acquisition cost
- Harbor pathogens and other bacteria
- Unable to clean
- Nails, screws and splintered wood make them less safe to handle
- Need to be replaced more frequently
How plastic pallets are constructed helps to account for their durability. Unlike other types of pallets, plastic pallets are usually constructed in one solid piece. This means there aren’t weak spots in the joins. Similarly, these pallets don’t contain nails or screws that can hurt handlers or products. Plastic pallets can be constructed in a variety of styles. Custom sizes and styles is a growing need.
- Longer lifespan than wood pallets — often more than 10 years
- No screws or nails make them safer to handle
- Can be easily cleaned
- Lighter than wood pallets
- Makes in process and logistics use easier.
- Environmentally friendly
- Higher initial cost
- Repairs are more difficult