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Reconditioned Pallets Definition

Most of the pallet industry classifies reconditioned 48”x40” four-way pallets into four categories: Grade A+ or super A’s (GMA spec), Grade A (also called a #1 pallet), Grade B (also called a #2 pallet), and Grade C (also called a #3 pallet).

 

48″ x 40″ four-way “GMA” Grade A+ or Super A pallet: This pallet has three good, clean stringers/runners (no stringers/runners are blocked). Any top deck boards that are severely cracked or broken are removed and replaced with a quality piece of recycled board to match the pallet being repaired. The top deck will consist of two 5 ½” lead edge boards – one on each end – and five 3 ½” boards evenly spaced between the lead edge boards. The bottom deck will consist of two 5 ½” lead edge boards – one on each end – and three 3 ½” boards evenly spaced in the center of the pallet. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the time, the top and bottom deck boards will be 5/8” thick; occasionally there are ½” thick deck boards.

 

48″ x 40″ four-way “Standard” Grade A or #1 pallet: This pallet has three good, clean stringers/runners (no stringers/runners are blocked) Any top deck boards that are severely cracked or broken will be removed and replaced with a quality piece of recycled board to match the pallet being repaired. The number of top deck boards varies from seven to nine, ranging in thickness from ½” to 5/8”. Occasionally, the top deck boards are ¾” thick. Any bottom deck boards that are severely cracked or broken are removed and replaced with a quality piece of recycled board to match the pallet being repaired. The number of bottom deck boards varies from three to five, ranging in thickness from ½” to 5/8″. Occasionally, the bottom deck boards are ¾” thick.

 

48″ x 40″ four-way Grade B or #2 pallet: If the stringers/runners are cracked or broken, they are repaired by placing a block, neck, or entire stringer tight up against the cracked or broken area on the inside of the pallet; the new piece is then nailed in place to reinforce the cracked or broken stringer, resulting in double stringers. Grade B pallets are blocked one or two times. Top deck boards that are severely cracked or broken are removed and replaced with a quality piece of recycled board to match the pallet being repaired. The number of top deck boards varies from seven to nine, ranging in thickness from ½” to 5/8″. Occasionally, the top deck boards are ¾” thick. Bottom deck boards that are severely cracked or broken are removed and replaced with a quality piece of recycled board to match the pallet being repaired. The number of bottom deck boards varies from three to five, ranging in thickness from ½” to 5/8″. Occasionally, the bottom deck boards are ¾” thick.

 

48″ x 40″ four-way Grade C or #3 pallet: These pallets are mostly the same as Grade B or #2 pallets. The main difference is that additional repairs are made to the stringers using blocks or necks. Some pallets may have up to three blocks per stringer. Top and bottom deck board repairs are more liberal. The customer will find that Grade C pallets have more cracked and broken deck boards than other classifications of pallets.

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