• Marquel Johnson

Different Grades of pallets and which works for you

Updated: May 13

Let's talk about Grades of GMA Pallets PART 1

PREMIUM A GRADE PALLET

Mostly used by retailers displaying their products on the shop floor [aka product display] and for pharmaceutical and food manufacturers and suppliers.

5 boards on bottom

7 boards on top

Avg. top deck spacing 2.5” to 3.5”

3 stringers (1-1/2” x 3-1/2”ea)

4 way entry

No block or metal repairs to stringers; No colored or painted stringers

Needs to be flush

Lets talk about Grades of GMA Pallets PART 2 “A” GRADE PALLET More readily available but will have a more worn appearance than a Premium “A” grade. Specs on the “A” Grade are more consistent than on a “B” Grade and won’t have any block repairs to the stringers. These pallets have fewer cycles than a “B” Grade. 7 boards on top 5 boards on bottom Avg. top deck spacing 2.5” to 3.5” 3 stringers (1-1/2” x 3-1/2”ea) 4 way entry Always Flush and each stringer can have one repair plate to strengthen any split if needed.

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Lets talk about Grades of Pallets PART 3

PREMIUM “B” GRADE

It’s the perfect fit between standard A and standard B which have gone through fewer cycles than a standard “B”.They have FEWER cracks and less forms of wear-and-tear.

And like a standard B Grade but with only one of the three stringers having a plug or other form of repair.

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Lets talk about Grades of Pallets PART 4

“B” GRADE

These are primarily used for shipping & warehousing where it is likely the pallet may be discarded and therefore is less expensive than an A Grade pallet.

Some specifications to keep in mind for B grade are:

6 to 7 boards on top, depending on board width which can be 3.5 to 5.5 wide)

No less than 4 boards on bottom

Avg. top deck spacing 2-1/2” to 3-1/2” but can be up to 4”

3 stringers (1-1/2” x 3-1/2”ea)

Always Flush

4 way entry

They have repairs on stringers and can be various lengths and locations

No more than two boards (stringers) thick at any one point

Chips, partial split boards are acceptable [And sometimes they are not acceptable, depending on your customers]


Hope this helps!

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