Choosing between stringer pallets and block pallets requires more than just standard comparison. It’s important to take into account factors such as build quality and other essential considerations. Mode(s) of transportation, storage conditions, and product type all play a role in selecting an appropriate pallet. Custom-designed pallets are often the only
way to ensure your pallets are built to handle the intended use – but for standard or custom pallets, choosing between a stringer pallet vs. block pallet design is an important primary consideration.
Block pallets are named for the blocks that form the pallet base. They typically consist of nine blocks: one in each corner, one in the middle of each side, and a final pallet block at the center for unit-load support. Because this configuration allows pallet jacks and forklifts to interface with a block pallet from all four sides, block pallets are sometimes referred to as four-way pallets. Block pallets may also include a bottom deck board for additional strength. The bottom deck board is typically a thin piece of lumber (usually 1”x4”s) that runs along the bottom of the blocks to make them more stable.
The most frequently used pallet in the United States is the stringer pallet, built with stringer boards between the upper and lower deck boards. The stringer boards (typically 2”x4”s) support the unit load, only allowing the forklift access from two sides. Thus, standard stringer pallets are often called two-way pallets. They can, however, be built as four-way pallets if the pallet stringers are notched or chamfered for forklifts or pallet jacks. Standard stringer pallets are typically 48″x40″, but they can be custom-built to almost any size.
Choosing between a stringer pallet and a block pallet often depends on the intended use and the manufacturing quality. Generally, a stringer pallet has greater unit capacity than a block pallet of comparable dimensions and build quality. Yet poorly made stringer pallets can actually be weaker than block pallets made to higher standards. When considering a block pallet vs. stringer pallet of equal build quality, block pallets are more cost-effective and, due to their four-way configuration, easier to use. They’re preferred for lighter loads when strength isn’t as important – although string pallets deliver much heavier load capacities for the price.
A third option is custom pallets. According to the customer’s needs, Volunteer Case & Container can build pallets of any size or shape. We’ve made pallets over 20′ long, as well as pallets that can sustain over 30,000 lbs. Our pallets can also include Skid-Mates or foam to absorb vibration and shock while providing four-way entry on any pallet type.
Determining the right pallet for your project depends on numerous factors, such as:
Volunteer Case & Container specializes in custom crate, case, and foam solutions – and as a leading crate manufacturer with over 30 years of experience, we can create custom oversized pallets anywhere from 1′ to 40′ long. Whatever your custom pallet and crate needs are, we’d love to partner with you. For any questions or to request a quote, call (865) 481-3801 or contact us online.
Volunteer Case & Container is the oldest custom crate and case manufacturer in the East TN area. Founded over 30 years ago, all of our protective packaging solutions are still designed and assembled at our facility in Oak Ridge, TN. We specialize in custom wood crates, ATA cases, wood or plastic containers, injection molded cases, and waterjet or CNC cut foam inserts. Our customers span a variety of industries including nuclear, government, aerospace, military, medical, R&D, and more. Our team has experience designing and building everything from huge wood crating for 70,000+ lbs machinery to small injection molded cases for key-sized objects. Whatever your needs, our team works on quick turnaround times to provide you with high quality protective packaging. Contact us today for a free quote.
No matter the size or sensitivity of your product, Vol Case has a protective packaging shipping solution for you.
All of our crates are stamped and certified for international export. Whether you need a single small crate delivered to you or dozens of oversized crates built onsite at your facility, we can handle the job. Our crates are fully customizable and can include foam, shelves, shock absorbers, ramps, latches, and more. We have experience building both commercial and military crates for equipment weighing 70,000+ lbs. Learn more here.
ATA / Road cases are best for highly sensitive objects that are light enough for one or two people to lift and move around. Our ATA cases can be either wood or plastic siding and all have durable metal edging. All ATA cases come with custom foam interiors and can have any number of wheels, handles, partitions, straps, latches, and more. Our cases are split or pop riveted together to ensure maximum strength and durability. Learn more here
If you need something lighter or cheaper than an ATA case, our PE and wood containers are the solution. PE containers are made with a strong, but lightweight, plastic siding and no metal edges. This provides a lighter and cheaper option to an ATA case, while still very durable. Our wood containers are made with wood sides and metal edges and are our most cost effective case option, but are heavier than the PE version. Learn more here.
Trunk cases are perfect for equipment regularly transported by box truck. Our trunk cases come in three sizes: Small - 22.5” x 30” x 30”, Medium - 22.5” x 45” x 30”, & Large 30” x 45” x 30”. These exterior dimensions allow them all to fit neatly in a box truck for maximum capacity. All trunk cases include handles, latches, four swivel castors, and castor cups on top to allow for secure stacking. As needed, labels, dividers, and foam can be added as well. Learn more here.
We are a certified distributor for Pelican, SKB, and Nanuk cases, meaning we offer better pricing than you’ll find anywhere else. All of our injection molded cases are watertight, comply with military specs, and are built to withstand the harshest environments. Custom waterjet or CNC cut foam inserts are available for all cases for maximum protection. Whether you need a case to hold one object or many, we can design a case for you. Learn more here.
We offer a wide range of foam types, densities, and colors to best fit your needs. We offer foams types such as PE, PU, Crosslink, and Zote foam. All of these are available in a variety of densities depending on the weight and sensitivity of your equipment. We also offer colors other than the standard black/charcoal and have options such as anti-static. All these foam varieties can be waterjet or CNC cut to perfectly fit your product. Learn more here.
Whether you need one wood crate or hundreds of ATA cases, we’d love the chance to earn your business. All of our designs and quotes are done for free without any purchase required. We are able to work off dimensions/CAD files that you provide to us or we can visit your facility to take measurements of the equipment.