Plastic Pallets by Base Configurations
Plastic pallets are available in a wide array of styles and options. Key among the useful features are the diverse styles of forklift compatible bases. These same base configurations are also found on most bulk containers and intermediate bulk containers.
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.
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|Two 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.
|Three 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.
|Five 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.
|Six 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.
|Nine 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.
|Six 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.
|4 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.
And There Are Even More Pallet Styles
The categories listed above are just the most popular styles. Other options include 4-runner pallets, which include metal pallets used for food storage, octagonal drum pallets, and an endless range of specialty pallets for unique items.
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