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How Much Do Pallets Cost?

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On average, pallets, cost $120.00 depending on the type of pallet. Pallet costs range from $4.00 to $200.00 for most pallets. However, pallets are largely diverse in the different types they come in, such as wood, plastic, paper/ presswood or metal, the costs will vary.

Cost of Wood Pallets

Wood pallets, account for approximately 95% of the pallet market and are clearly the most popular choice when it comes to selecting a pallet. For a 48”x 40″ new GMA pallet, the latest pricing has been in the $11.25-$12.50 range, as reported by Pallet Profile Weekly, depending on the region of the country you are located in. A heavy-duty block-style pallet, like those used to make pallet pools, pricing would be $25.00 or more. No. 2 recycled 48”x 40” pallets have lately been in the $4.25-$5.50 range. Whereas, No. 1 recycled pallets have been priced in the $5.80-$7.40 range. Heat treated (HT) pallets can usually be $1.00 more for each pallet.

Aside from geographic factors, such as labor availability, lumber of pallet core, shorter pallet manufacturing runs or custom pallet sizes may make the pallet more expensive.

Taking into account changes in pallet material prices can take a toll on the price of pallets, typically over half the price of a pallet accounts for wood and another 5 to 10% in other materials. Alternatives to keep prices down include choosing recycled pallets or hybrid pallets (a mix of new and recycled materials) or considering a review of your pallet specifications and application to see if another, possibly more affordable to build design could be manufactured, through pallet design software.

Cost of Plastic Pallets

The pricing for new plastic pallets can range from around $10.00 each for cheaper dispensable units (in truckload volumes) to the $80.00 range and can cost well over $100.00 for highly durable, extremely engineered models. The very popular twinsheet thermoform distribution pallet can range in the $30.00 to $40.00 range. Using recycled plastic materials or other types fillers can help keep cost down.

Although a bit costly, a reliable pallet should last a long time and deliver a lower cost per trip, as long as it is handled properly to stop loss or theft. 

Because of the time and expense of manufacturing molds for plastic pallets, custom sizing can become an expensive alternative. Pallets constructed of pallet materials by way of extrusion are a more clear fit for a custom size. An extruded plastic pallet that is manufactured is a custom-built plastic pallet for example.

Cost of Paper and Presswood Pallets

Paper pallets are cherished for how clean they are, their light weight, the ease of being recycled when emptied and their comparatively low price point, usually only slightly higher than a like sized expendable wood pallet. Paper pallet size is easily customized to the requirements of the customer.

Wood composite or presswood pallets usually have a price almost the same as recycled wood pallets, but with the benefit of not requiring to be heat treated for international shipments, as well as having the benefit of being nestable. The pricing for a 48”x 40” presswood pallet typically starts a little under $7.00. Presswood pallets are also available in numerous sizes. Check out Litco International, Inc. to see listed pricing for various sizes.

Cost of Metal Pallets

Metal pallets will include steel models, in addition to the pricier aluminum and stainless steel models in specified applications like clean rooms or food production surroundings. Rolled thin steel and mesh pallets sell at a lower price point, typically around the same as reusable plastic pallets. Aluminum and stainless steel pallets can be up to $200.00 or more.

Free Pallet Quotes

If you’re looking for new or used pallets for shipping or for a DIY project, AAA Pallet & Lumber Co., can help. Call us at 602-278-1450 today for your free pallet sales quote. At AAA Pallet & Lumber Co., we serve the entire Phoenix Metropolitan area, including Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Peoria, and surrounding cities.

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