Repaired 48 x 40" GMA #1s
Repaired 48 x 40" GMA #2s
Repaired/Recycled Pallets - Grade A
Repaired/Recycled Pallets - Grade B
A repaired pallet is one that has been fixed and made usable again. This entails replacing missing or raised nails, broken slats and damaged stringers.
Recycled wood pallets may not be as visually appealing as new, but they are just as durable and capable of supporting the same amount of weight as the original pallet.
Repaired wood pallets come in various grades and are available in the standard sizes. If you need a customized size then new pallets may be your only option.
The price of a repaired pallet is 40% to 60% lower than that of a new one, and it’s more environmentally friendly as less wood is required.
Stringer pallets have three boards, each 2 x 4 inches, that run down either side and in the middle of the pallet, between the deck boards and the bottom boards. These boards are called stringers and they are there to give strength and support to the deck boards.
The stringers may be solid, which allows for only 2-way entry by fork lifts or pallet jacks, or they may be notched which allows for 4-way entry by fork lifts but not pallet jacks.
Stringer pallets are lightweight and cannot carry loads as heavy as the block type of pallet. They are designed to be disposable after one use, but many can be used more than once. Regardless, stringer pallets, both new and repaired are in constant demand.
Recycled stringers are more frequently repaired so finding used or repaired ones shouldn’t be a problem They may be your best choice of you don’t have to transport heavy loads. They are also the best choice for those pallets that make a one-way trip with no way to return them to your base of operations.
Advantages of Stringer Pallets
Disadvantages of Stringer Pallets
Recycled block pallets have nine blocks, each one 4 x 4 inches, placed between the top and bottom slats. Blocks are placed in such a way that pallet jacks and forklifts can slide into the area from all four sides.
Repaired block pallets are stronger because they are constructed with more wood and have fewer gaps. Moreover, the nails that hold them together are heavier gauge, increasing their strength and durability.
Advantages of Repaired Block Pallets
Disadvantages of Repaired Block Pallets
There are many different grading systems used to rate the quality of repaired wooden pallets. There are no government or industry wide systems to guarantee that a pallet graded as “A” by one system is of the same quality as one graded “A” by another. That being said, the grading systems that are in use provide the customer with some idea as to the quality and functionality of a given set of pallets and a means to compare different pallets repaired by a given company. Here are just a few examples of grading systems used by the named companies.
While it is possible to have pallets custom made to fit your specific purposes, most are sold in standard sizes. The most common of these are:
Pallet repair processes do not have a standardized procedure, however there are some steps that should be followed in order to repair pallets efficiently and effectively.
Several factors can render a pallet useless. A common problem is missing or broken slats, loose or missing nails, and damaged stringers.
pallet yards will begin with sorting through all of the broken pallets. Despite being beyond repair, salvaged wood may be used to make other repairs. Cosmetic damage usually does not require repairs, so they examined for structural integrity.
Stacking and sorting recycled pallets with broken or missing slats will take place prior to their processing. A similar process will be followed in case of missing or damaged stringers.
Recycled pallets that are too damaged to serve as parts are reclaimed and ground to make mulch and biofuels.
Once sorted, repairmen and women examine the pallets once again to determine the extent of the damage and what repair protocol is needed to most effectively fix the issues.
Repairs can be made using many different tools, techniques, and materials, and a skilled craftsman is able to determine which one is right for the job. A repairperson will grade the recycled pallet after it has been repaired based on the type of repair it needed and how close it is to its original quality.
As soon as the pallet has been graded and repaired, it is ready to be inspected. A quality control expert will inspect every pallet at this point.
Pallets must be inspected to make sure that they have been repaired properly and are in usable condition. In addition, they verify that the pallet’s grade matches the actual pallet’s quality.
While the terms are often used interchangeably, remanufactured pallets are not the same thing as repaired pallets. Both are cheaper to purchase than new and both are eco-friendly by reducing the number of new trees that must be cut and helping to keep wood out of landfills.
Remanufactured pallets are made from salvaged parts of pallets that have been deemed unrepairable. These parts are then used to build new pallets. Sometimes new pieces of wood are used if the appropriate boards are not available.
Repaired wood pallets are those that remain largely intact, with the most of the original wood. Additional wood may be added to strengthen damaged pieces. Metal plates and staples may also be used to repair cracks in the stringers or deck boards, and deck boards may be replaced, usually with salvaged wood.
The materials used to repair pallets are largely the same ones that were used to build then in the first place. Wood is used to strengthen or replace damaged pieces of wood. Nails are used to reconnect deck boards to stringers and stringers to each other.
New materials may be used to repair cracks in the stringers. Metal staples may be used to keep a crack from growing larger and metal plates may be used to strengthen damaged stringers or to prevent cracks from becoming breaks.
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