Pallets vs. Skids
What Is The Difference?
People often use the words “pallet” and “skid” interchangeably; however, they have differences. At Custom Built Plastic Pallets, we refer to skids as “Storage Skids,” primarily because of how they are used. Use this page to help you decide which best fits your needs.
Skids are often used as a permanent foundation for heavy machinery as they have the advantage of being mobile. During World War II, skids were used for hauling large amounts of supplies. The lack of a bottom deck allowed them to be pulled through the sand..
What is a Pallet
A pallet has both a top and bottom deck that provides more stability than skids. Wooden pallets typically consist of three or four stringers that support several deck boards, on top of which goods are placed. Pallets are typically used for items that are in transit, taking them to varying climate conditions.
When choosing a pallet that you want to last, it’s important to take temperature, humidity, and stress into consideration. Wood pallets are susceptible to damage from the elements and overuse. See more about benefits of plastic pallets at Plastic vs Wood Pallets.
What is a skid?
A skid is a single-deck loading platform which lacks a bottom deck. It is a low-profile mobile platform which simply rests on pedestals attached to the deck. Skids were used extensively before the creation of the double faced pallet in the 1930s.
Skids are often used as a permanent foundation for heavy machinery as they have the advantage of being mobile. During World War II, skids were used for hauling large amounts of supplies. The lack of a bottom deck allowed them to be pulled through the sand.
Skids used to be preferable for storage because of the lack of bottom deck, but with the introduction of the nestable pallet, that is no longer the case.
Measuring a Pallet
Benefits of Pallets Over Skids
Although there are differences between pallets and skids, it’s likely that a heavy-duty custom sized pallet will do the job for you. If you are still unsure about what you need, call us and we will be happy to provide the information you need.
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