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Wood Versus Plastic Pallet Comparison Chart

Wood Versus Plastic Pallets
Performance Characteristic Comparison

Characteristic Wood Pallets Plastic Pallets
Economic
  • Moderate initial cost
  • Service Life:  3 to 5 years
  • Trips per pallet:  Low to moderate
  • Moderate initial cost, rapid economic payback
  • Service Life:  250 trips
  • Trips per pallet:  High
 Performance
  • Inconsistent construction
  • Frequent breakage requires repair
  • Risks product damage
  • Multi-piece construction not always automation friendly
  • Consistent dimensional accuracy
  • Strong, durable construction
  • Reliable
  • Smooth, all plastic construction protects product (no nails, rust or splinters)
  • Compatible with conveyors and many automated handling systems
 Sanitation
  • Porous material subject to contamination and pest infestation
  • Smooth plastic surface is easily cleanable, many pallets offer flow-through design for easy washing
  • Hygienic pallets available
  • Some styles available in FDA approved materials
 Safety
  • Nails, splinters and rust
  • Sharp corners
  • Instability due to breakage
  • Reduced risk of employee strain and injuries due to splinters, nails and rust
  • Smooth deck and contoured corners for comfortable handling
  • Better stacking ability
 Aesthetic
  • Generic, unattractive design
  • Aesthetic design suitable for retail environment
  • Customized color and identification
 Environmental
  • Disposal challenges
  • 8th largest component in landfills
  • Easy to recycle
  • Environmentally responsible.  When recycled at the end of its service life, the life cycle of the pallet does not end.
  • Reduces packaging waste and disposal costs by eliminating wood pallet disposal
Please note that performance characteristics vary with application. 
Please work contact DACO to evaluate your operation and planned usage.
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