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Pallet & Bulk Container Base Configurations

Pallet & Bulk Container Base Configurations

Plastic pallets, bulk containers, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), and other large format transport and storage packaging is available in a wide array of styles and options. Key among the useful features are the diverse styles of forklift compatible bases. In general, pallet feet are isolated supports that connect independently to the pallet deck and pallet runners span the entire length or width with various connections to the pallet deck. For additional versatility, some plastic pallets have convertible bases, generally with built-in feet and optional runners that connect to the bottom of the feet. Here’s a quick overview of the most common configurations for pallet base feet (sometimes called “legs”) and runners.

Pallet DesignDescriptionExplore This Style
2 Runner Pallet BaseTwo Runner Pallet Base:
A basic pallet design with two parallel runners along either the length or width of the pallet. Some two runner pallets also include feet in the middle for additional load support. Generally designed for edge-racking, stacking, and floor use.
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3 Runner Pallet BaseThree Runner Pallet Base:
A standard pallet design with three parallel runners along either the length or width of the pallet. The central runner provides structural integrity across the center and helps span open-top stacks. Generally designed for edge-racking, stacking, and floor use.
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4 Runner Pallet BaseFour Runner Pallet Base:
A unique pallet design with two sets of parallel runners along both the length or width of the pallet. The sets of double runners located along the perimeter allow for edge racking along either the length or the width.
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5 Runner Pallet BaseFive Runner Pallet Base:
A more rare pallet design, typically with a full perimeter runners and a center runner. These pallets are generally edge-rack compatible.
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6 Runner Pallet BaseSix Runner Pallet Base:
A pallet design with three parallel runners along the length and three additional runners across the width of the pallet. The intersecting central runners provide top structural integrity across the center. Perpendicular sets of triple runners allow for edge racking along either the length or the width.
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9 Footed Pallet BaseNine Feet Pallet Base:
A common configuration for export pallets. Central feet provide additional load capacity versus pallets that only have feet along the perimeter. The feet are often hollow and conical so that pallets can nest during storage or return freight.
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6 Footed Pallet BaseSix Feet Pallet Base:
Often a low-cost solution for lighter loads. The feet are often hollow and conical so that pallets can nest during storage or return freight.
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4 Footed Pallet Base4 Feet Pallet Base:
With feet only in the corners, this pallet design is generally reserved for light loads and pallets with small footprints. The feet are often hollow and conical so that pallets can nest during storage or return freight.
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2-Way Fork Access Pallet BaseTwo-Way Fork Access:
Both runner and footed pallets can feature two-way fork access. Two-way fork access means that the pallet can be accessed by fork or lift machinery from either the length side or the width side, but not both. Structural elements of the pallet prevent access from two of the four sides.
4-Way Fork Access Pallet BaseFour-Way Fork Access:
Both runner and footed pallets can feature four-way fork access. Four-way fork access means that the pallet can be accessed by fork or lift machinery from the length side and the width side, increasing ease of access, loading, and movement.

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