What is a Grade B Pallet?
Also know as a #2 Pallet, Grade B pallets make up the majorty of pallets in the used in the United States. Generally speaking a grade b pallet is a pallet that has undergown repairs or has some minor damage to them. The definition of a grade B pallet is not set in stone. Depending on the company, you may receive grade bs in great condition or garbage.
The B-grade wooden pallets are considerably less expensive than A-grade pallets and are most commonly used for warehousing or shipping where the pallet is unlikely to be returned. The wear and tear on grade B wooden pallets is typically much greater.
B-grade pallets are simply those ranked aesthetically, as pallet grading is subjective. When a pallet is inspected prior to shipping out, there is no guarantee that a visible stain or minor blemish will not be detected. There may be minor flaws, such as discoloration, cracks, chips, or slightly deformed material.
On top, there are usually 5 to 7 boards, depending on the board width, which can range from 3.5 to 5.5 inches. Stringers are (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″) and the pallet is a 4-way entry. There are at least 3 boards on the bottom and 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ spacing on top.Grade B or #2: grade B or #2 pallets usually have their stringers repaired or replaced, most commonly by adding another stringer next to the damaged one. A companion stringer is also referred to as a double stringer or a block stringer. The maximum number of restored stringers on a grade B pallet is usually two.
What Size are Grade B Pallets
While technically only a 48″ x 40″ size pallet can be classified as “Grade B”, many people throw around the word and will refer to pallets of any size as Grade B
How Much Do Grade B Pallets Cost?
Grade B Pallet Prices change very frequently depending on supply and demand in the pallet market. Typically they tend to follow the trends set by new wooden pallet prices. When prices are high you can expect to pay between $6-$8 per Grade B GMA. Then when prices are lower and supply is high you can expect to pay anywhere from $3-6 per pallet.
Who should use Grade B pallets?
Any company that does not have to follow strict legal or shipping regulations should consider useing Used Wooden pallets. The list can include 3PL shippers, scrap metal and plastic recyclers, warehousing and construction companies.
Who should not used grade B pallets?
IF your company is in the medical or food industry you should avoid using Grade B pallets. In many cases, these pallets are dirty and may cause legal issues if they are contaminated. It is best to just pay a bit more and get a new or heat treated pallet to avoid potention lawsuits and problems that can arise.
It is also recommended that companies shipping heavy or fragile items choose either a new pallet or a graded pallet. Many Grade B pallets have traveled many miles and have been recirculated for many years. As a result, they no longer have a “safe weight capacity” and may cause damage to your product or employees if they break.
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