Some good, some bad, it’s a matter of time and good or bad handling. Notice the cut timber size by the growth rings. The newer and “softer”, the thicker, to compensate.
A major pallet rental company has publicly indicated that purchased wood pallets have an average life of TWO to THREE YEARS. To be added to any purchase price is the cost of repairs, cannibalisation for replacement parts, disappearances and losses.
No doubt an experienced manager may add to this list of costs.
For companies locked into a purchased pallet operation this appears a negative reality.
Therefore substituting with durable lightweight galvanised steel pallets that are compatible in configuration and size to your industry, on a purchase or rental or operating lease situation, offers a strong long-term multi-advantaged solution.
For steel we are talking of LESS than 10c per day then a purchase for say $1 each at end of agreement period. This seems impractical with wood – yes?
Note the colour is irrelevant. Wood pallets can have any colour. The damage is relevant.
Wood material deteriorates over time variable to exposure circumstances.
In volume using galvanised slit coil steel, roll forming, steel sheet automated punching, bending and robotic fixing and assembly, this could less than USD50 ex factory and leasable or rentable down to a few cents per day. Think tens and hundreds of thousands, millions. It could be cheaper. Volume counts. It also depends on where it is made, quality standards and wages cost, and of course the pallet type.
This is for a quality pre galvanised material rivet fixed pallet to my design. Cheaper steel can be used. Welding is an option. It depends on customer intentions.
Then add all the other benefits…….
We are NOT selling pallets, unless required, DEFINITELY and seriously required, in high volume, and with a deposit, and from a pre-authorised procurement or purchasing manager or director. In other words – with full corporate support.
Politics, indecision, internal lack of support, career perpetuation priorities, and creative solutions and ideas possible theft, have obstructed in the past.
So don’t waste your time.
Any sensible and serious business idea is open for discussion.
How does a lightweight steel pallet compare against any plastic pallet on the Co2 carbon dioxide emissions factor? (With acknowledgement)
A 25 Kg plastic pallet from anywhere costs about 150 Kg of greenhouse gas to produce because approximately 6 Kg of Co2 is produced to make 1 Kg of HDPE. This does not include additional Co2 cost of any embedded steel.
It takes about 2.88 Kg of coal to produce 1 Kg of steel. An equivalent lightweight steel pallet costs about 72 Kg of greenhouse gas, HALF that of plastic. The steel in this case is less than 1mm thick.
ISPM15 COMPLIANT ANYWHERE EVERYWHERE
The steel pallet is 101% ISPM15 compliant anywhere, everywhere.
No heat-treating, no fumigation, no hassles. No extra costs in capital equipment, treatment, time or risk.
Red meat, beer, red wine and motor oil have not stained the metal in tests.