One of the most common problems that management for shipping and logistics companies face is the question of whether to choose plastic pallets or wood pallets? Wooden pallets normally cost less than plastic pallets, but in the long run, plastic pallets costs much less than their wooden counter parts.
Understanding the difference between wood pallets and plastic pallets
One of the main reasons Exporta Global advice plastic pallets to their customers over wood pallets is that plastic pallets have a longer shelf live. How much longer? Plastic pallets last 10 times longer than wood pallets. The difference is significant. For example, if you are buying pallets in bulk over a period of time which you probably are―then it makes sense to buy plastic pallets.
The same is not true for wood pallets. They cannot be recycled and are made from fresh wood procured by cutting down trees.
Wood pallets on the other hand can be repaired by using nails and splinters, but that is not recommended. This can lead to injuries. Nails, splinters, and sharp and rough edges can be difficult to handle. Plastic on the other hand is smooth and can be molded into pretty much any shape and size. This also makes them more consistent in terms of dimensions, shape, size, and their weight lifting capacity. Consistency is the key to success.
Lighter and longer lasting
Exporta Global offers a number of varieties like nestable pallet, rackable pallet, and smooth deck pallet among other forms of pallets. Plastic pallets are also around 30% lighter than wood pallets. This makes them an ideal choice for your goods carrying purposes.
Wood pallets are prone to all sorts of issues such as:
- Wood can easily catch fire which can result in permanent damage and render wooden pallets unusable (and cause serious damage to the structure that is housing the wooden pallets). Plastic pallets are fire resistant.
- Wood pallets are also not water resistant. Water damage to wood pallets is a common issue. Water causes all sorts of problems such as fungi, bacteria, harbor bugs, pests, and sometimes the wood will simply break down due to the load of the goods being carried on them. This can also result in damaged goods which is bad for business.
- Plastic pallets are more durable and last longer; however wood pallets need to be replaced from time to time lowering their shelf life considerably.
- Plastic pallets do not allow dust to penetrate their surface, but wood has a porous surface. They absorb dust and water. Plastic pallets are processed using extremely high pressures. A smoother surface means they are easy to clean and maintain.
Using plastic pallets will save you a lot of money in the long run. They last for up to 10 years which is a considerable amount of time. There are no regulations to deal with. All this translates into less labor costs, less repair expenditures, and an overall longer shelf life.