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Are you searching for “types of pallets near me”?  This post explains the various types of pallets, and the advantages and disadvantages of them.

Different Types of Pallets

Lightweight Plywood Pallets

A plywood pallet is excellent for holding light to medium weight items that need a reliable and dependable packing option. 


  • Considerably tough even though they don’t weigh that much
  • Lighter in weight, makes them optimum for shipping and transporting
  • The plywood has a smooth, spotless surface
  • Acceptable for layer stacking and/or rack stocking


  • If left outside, can suffer from water damage
  • Can be challenging to store in racking
  • Some warehouses are not set up to take on these types of pallets, so transfer between warehouses can be controlled

Wooden Pallets

Wooden pallets can be found in a number of designs. Usually, wooden pallets are used for more heavy products in a direct flow. 


  • Beefy and long-lasting
  • Acceptable for storing in racks
  • Recognized to be a dependable load carrier
  • Costs less than other pallet materials
  • Easy to repair, as they are made with numerous boards which can be dismantled and replaced
  • Can always be resold and reused
  • Can be recycled
  • Quick and easy to build
  • Higher resistance in comparison to metal and plastic pallets


  • Can be a little heavier, so they can be more costly for air shipping
  • Considerably hard to clean and if they become wet can lead to fungal and bacterial growth
  • Wood slivers, extruding nails, warping, or shrinkage are frequent issues that lead to continuous reordering expenses

Presswood Pallets

Presswood pallets are molded from dried wood fibers into one solid piece through high temperature and pressure.


  •  Very light weight
  • Good strength for how light they are
  • Can be recycled
  • Can be stacked one on top of the other, so they are more efficient
  • Some moisture resistance
  • Easy to handle because of their weight


  • Can suffer from water damage if left outside for long periods of time
  • Challenging to store in racking
  • Some warehouses are not set up to take on these types of pallets, so transfer between warehouses can be controlled

Plastic Pallets

Plastic pallets are a durable and safe packing solution for all shipping applications and can be reused a number of times without special care. 


  • Higher load capacity and non-slip surface
  • Lower weight – from 12 lbs. (1200 x 800 mm)
  • Humidity and corrosion resistant
  • No disruption in delivery due to regulations
  • 100% recyclable
  • Long life span
  • Resistant to chemicals
  • Safe to handle
  • Can be used in all climate surroundings
  • Can be easily cleaned to clear away any bacteria


  • If cracking or breaking occurs, the pallet has to be melted down and remolded
  • Increased cost as opposed to wooden pallets
  • Commonly not suited for storage on shelving

Corrugated Cardboard Pallets

Cardboard pallets are formed from a framework of corrugated cardboard sheets which are designed to carry loads of up to 1,650 lbs.


  • Light weight but exceptionally strong
  • More easy to handle
  • 100% recyclable
  • Customizable
  • Less costly to transport due to their weight


  • Can’t be used for more heavy materials
  • Does not hold up in outdoor weather

New and Used Pallets Phoenix

Whether you’re looking for used or new pallets for shipping or for your next weekend project AAA Pallet & Lumber Co., has you covered.Call 602-278-1450 today for your pallet sales quote. Here at AAA Pallet & Lumber Co., we serve Phoenix’s Metropolitan  area, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, and surrounding Arizona cities.

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