When it comes to your business, you only want the best. If it doesn’t already, that demand for the best should extend to the pallets you use to distribute your product. However, with the wide variety of materials pallets can be made from, choosing the very best can be a difficult prospect. Here, we will explore a few of the different plastic pallet material types, including the benefits and potential drawbacks of each option. After reading, you should have a better idea of what material will work best for your business and your needs. Let’s get started.
While only a few manufacturers in the world have the resources and capability to produce fiberglass pallets, they offer some unique benefits. Fiberglass is extremely flex resistant and impact resistant, making it a strong and durable option for most applications. These pallets are also naturally fire-retardant due to their composition, giving them an obvious advantage over traditional wooden options.
Due to these advantages, fiberglass pallets are used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, medical, aerospace, and food processing. Weighing over 50 pounds on average, these pallets are usually able to handle static loads of up to 60,000 pounds. While incredibly strong, these pallets also come with the highest price tag of any option on this list, because of the difficult production process. They may also be difficult to get your hands on, due to limited supply.
Polyolefin Pallets (PO Pallets)
Made of a blend of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polypropylene (PP), and cellulose, polyolefin pallets are an interesting option worth considering. The main benefits of these types of plastic pallets are their rigidity and low cost.
Difficult to mold and brittle, these pallets can create some challenges for users. Additionally, these pallets should not get wet, meaning these pallets aren’t the best option if they in a wet environment. But, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option and are not concerned about moisture related issues, these may be a reasonable option!
HDPE Pallets – Benefits and Drawbacks
Used in milk jugs, cutting boards, plastic bottles, and more, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a type of plastic known for its versatility. Used also for larger, sturdier items like snowboards, underground pipes, and plastic lumber, HDPE is also known for its durability and corrosion resistance. That durability and usefulness has made HDPE a staple of American manufacturing since the 1950s and it has quickly grown to become the most commonly used plastic today.
When used for plastic pallets, HDPE ensures optimal impact resistance, weatherproofing, and stability. Even when transit gets tough, your pallets will be able to make it through unharmed. With all that durability, you may expect HDPE pallets to be equally heavy and dense. Fortunately, HDPE plastic is also very lightweight, making them easier to handle and less expensive to ship.
In addition to its extreme durability, HDPE is also one of the most commonly recycled plastic materials. Taken all together, you have a dependable pallet you can feel good about using time and again.
One potential drawback of HDPE pallets is that they are, on average, more expensive than traditional wooden pallets. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and HDPE is the most common, and cheapest plastic material on this list.
Polypropylene Pallets – Benefits and Drawbacks
Polypropylene pallets are typically stronger and more rigid than HDPE options. Polypropylene pallets are typically reserved for those businesses who require the strongest pallets available
. These pallets are also able to resist even the harshest solvents, acids, and bases.
If you work in harsh environments, these pallets may be the best option for you.
New vs Used Pallets
The differences between new and used pallets are often discussed and contested among pallet users. We’re here to put the argument to rest once and for all.
When trying to compare new vs used pallets, what many people end up doing by accident is comparing virgin and recycled plastic materials. Virgin plastic refers to that which has never been used before and has been newly created, while recycled plastic has been used in other products.
Contrary to popular belief, most new pallets are made with both virgin and recycled materials. They are referred to as “new” because they are a brand new pallet which has never been used before. Used pallets are those same exact pallets, but they have been used to ship product before. In many cases, used options are also much cheaper.
Both types of pallets are well equipped to handle a wide range of loads and applications. If you’d like guidance on choosing the best option for your unique needs, we invite you to contact our pallet pros today!
Which Pallet Material Type Should You Choose?
When it comes to selecting the best material type for you, review the list of benefits and drawbacks above and consider which are most important to your specific industry and application. However, if you would like a little expert guidance during the selection process, Plastic Pallet Pros can help. With a wide selection and variety of plastic pallet options, we are sure to have an option you will love.
Contact our team of experts, tell us about your needs, and we’ll point you in the direction of your best pallet options. We look forward to helping you become a Plastic Pallet Pro right along with us!