What are the differences between pallet, skid, and crate?
[Updated May 2019]
Not sure if you need a pallet, skid, or crate? It’s easy to get confused because people often use these terms interchangeably. All three can be used for shipping and storing materials. All three can be made of wood. Here are the differences explained infographically.
- Top and bottom deck
- More in demand
- Typical size 48”×40”
- More stable
- Can carry up to 1000 kg
- More friction (harder to drag)
- Easily hauled by a forklift truck
- Bottom deck boards
- More convenient for racking
- No bottom deck
- Less friction (easier to drag)
- The oldest type of pallet
- Because it’s mobile, often used as a permanent foundation for heavy machinery
- A cheap version of pallets
- Takes up less space when nested
- No bottom deck boards
- It’s really a box, unlike the other too
- Has four walls as well as a floor
- Great for holding products that needs to be securely stored
- Can hold a large volume
- Very stable
- Bulky and harder to transport
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