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MATERIALS HANDLING & STORAGE GLOSSARY: TWO BASIC TYPES OF PALLETS

By: Eastern Lift Truck Co., Inc. March 23, 2022

There are two basic types of pallets: Stringer and Block

Stringer pallets are the most popular type of pallet in the United States. Typically, they are built with three stringers that are sandwiched between the top and bottom deck boards. Stringer pallets are often considered "two-way" pallets, meaning pallet jack and forklift operators may only access from two of the four sides. However, stringer pallets are available as “four-ways” when the normally non-accessible sides are notched (for forklift access) or chamfered (for pallet jack access).

The most common sized stringer pallet is 48”x40”, however they are manufactured in virtually any size to meet the needs of various industries. Pallet dimensions are always listed as length x width.

Block pallets derive their name from… wait for it… the blocks that form its base. Typically, 9 blocks are used, one in each of the four corners, one in the center of each of the four sides, and one right in the center of the pallet itself. Block pallets are often considered to be sturdier of the two pallet designs. However, this is a matter of some debate in the pallet industry. Block pallets are also known as "four-way" pallets. Their larger, wider openings provide forklift and pallet jack operators easy access from all four sides.

In our next blog post, we’ll review the GMA pallet.

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