Classification of Pallets

Broadly pallets are divided into two classes. They are…

Block Pallets : This type of pallets are fabricated using blocks of solid wood which support the unit load and provides the space for entry of hand pallet/truck forklift fork. Typically, 4 to 9 blocks are used to support the top and bottom deck boards. Block pallet design allows the entry of fork from all the sides, i.e., 4 way entry.

Stringer Pallets: This type of pallets are fabricated using stringer, which is a continuous, longitudinal, with / without notched, solid wood piece. Stringer supports deckboards and provides space for fork entry. Stringer pallets allows fork entry from two side, and partial four side entry in case of notched stringer.

Schematic Diagrams of typical Stringer and block pallets with principal parts labelled.

Further above pallet classes have been divided into different types based on style, designs and mode of operations. They are:


Two Way, Double Deck, Flush,
Non - Reversible Stringer Pallet

Full Four Way, Double Deck,Flush,
Non Reversible Block Pallets

Two Way, Single Deck, Flush,
Non - Reversible Stringer Pallet

Perimeter base Pallet

Two Way, Double Deck,Flush,
Reversible Stringer Pallet

Economic Perimeter Top Pallet

Partial Four Way, Double Deck, Flush,
Non-Reversible Stringer Pallet

Stillage Pallet

Two way Single Deck, Single Wing, Stringer Pallet

Shipping Pallet

Two Way, Double Deck,Single Wing,
Non Reversible Stringer Pallett

Two Way Double Deck,Double Wing,
Reversible Stringer Type Pallet