At Anderson Pallet and Crate, we know that everyone’s shipping needs vary, and this is why we provide a variety of options for your unique business needs. We do both standard and customized projects, offering a wide range of services that can ensure complete customer satisfaction and quality service.

When trying to choose the right shipping options for your business, understanding some of the terminology can be important. A common question that arises is, “Should I be using a skid or a pallet?” Understanding and exploring the difference between these two options is a great place to start.

Skid vs. Pallet

“Skid” and “pallet” are often used interchangeably, even though they are quite different. Understanding these distinctions will allow you to choose the right options for your business. Although they are both are made from wooden construction, and even share a similar appearance, their subtle differences make them suitable for contrary tasks.

What is a Pallet?

A pallet is the most popular shipping option today. The most distinguishing feature is its top and bottom deck. Wood pallets have three or four stringers that hold up the deck boards. Having both a top and bottom deck provides more stability, which is especially beneficial if you are transporting large products or pieces of equipment. Pallets can carry up to 1,000 kg (or about 2,200 lbs). When it comes to racking, pallets are more convenient for this purpose, and are most commonly used for items that are in transit. Having both a top and bottom deck creates more friction and makes pallets much harder to drag. This lack of mobility makes pallets great for transportation, but not as good for a permanent foundation.

What is a Skid?

Skid pallets are the oldest type of pallet and have been in use since the 1930’s. The main distinction between pallets and skids are the amount of decks. Unlike a pallet, a skid only has one deck. Skids contain a single-loading platform which rests on pedestals that are connected to the deck. Without the bottom deck, there is less friction, which makes the skid easier to drag. Mobility is the great advantage of the skid, which is the primary reason skid pallets are often used as a foundation for heavy machinery.

If you are still not sure which option is best for your company’s needs, you can find out more information by contacting Anderson Pallet and Crate at (303) 660-0084 or browsing our website. Let our friendly and professional staff help you find just the right fit for your business!