Comparing the 4-way pallet vs. the 2-way pallet, it’s obvious that the main difference between the two pallet types has to do with forklift entry. Two-way pallets are only accessible to a forklift from two sides, while 4-way pallets are accessible from all four sides.
This design difference will affect how, and in some cases where, a given type of pallet is used. If space is an issue, a 4-way pallet may be a better option because it simplifies storage and transport of the pallet by forklift. If cost is a bigger concern and there will be a limited amount of pallet movement, a 2-way pallet is likely a viable alternative. Before assembling a pallet fleet, it’s vital to think about the differences in cost, durability, and capacity between these basic pallet types.
Two Way Wooden Pallets
As their name suggests, Two-Way pallets can be entered by a forklift truck either from their front or rear. They comprise three basic elements:
- Top deck boards;
- Bearers at the side’s;
- Bottom deck boards or baseboards.
However, Two Way Wooden Pallets lack the flexibility to pallet entry; and space utilisation in the warehouse may be comprised as Two-Way Pallets must be stack and oriented in a particular way in order for the forklift to enter and lift the wooden pallets.
Two Way Entry Wooden PalletsReversible
Two Way Entry Wooden PalletsClose Boarded, No Base Board
Two Way Entry Wooden PalletsWing Type
Four Way Wooden Pallets
Four Way Wooden Pallets can be entered and lifted by the fork lift trucks from any of the 4 sides; and they comprised 3 basic elements:
- Top deck boards;
- Wooden blocks;
- Bottom deck boards.
Four Way Wooden Pallets generally allow the operator of the fork lift and powered pallet jack greater ease to manoeuvre within a distribution or storage situation than a two-way pallet and provides for better utilization in warehousing and transportation.
The bottom deck of a four-way pallet typically comes in two distinctive styles: either with a complete perimeter base or with three boards at the base. The latter is generally referred to as legged pallets or leggers. They provide great strength when required for heavy loads and are generally regarded as stronger than two-way pallets.