In woodworking, the term pallet equipment refers to a variety of mechanized and non-mechanized tools and machines associated with the production, transportation, and storage of wood pallets.
For example, automatic nailing machines, forklifts, manual pallet transport, shrink wrapping machines, and metal storage racking can all be considered pallet equipment.
In most cases, companies purchase pallet equipment based on one of two scenarios: production of pallets or preparation of pallets for shipping, resulting in the purchase of nailing machines, forklifts, and lighter duty storage racking, and subsequently The resulting forklifts purchases include shrink wrapping machines, manual pallet transport and heavy-duty storage racking that can accommodate the weight of the loaded pallets.
Although pallet making is not usually thought of as woodworking, there are many woodworking companies that focus exclusively on wood pallet production, which can be particularly lucrative because of the eight-hour shifts. Thousands of pallets can be produced in the U.S. and only a few machines are needed to produce them.
Most companies that focus on wood pallet production operate nailing machines whose size alone requires a warehouse-style workbench.
Is It Wise To Buy Used Pallet Equipment?
Unlike many woodworking machines, pallet equipment is not particularly sensitive to the wear and tear that comes with industrial-level lumber production, with forklifts being the exception.
Manual pallet transport and storage racking are essentially indestructible and shrink wrapping machines and nailing machines perform simple tasks using easily accessible mechanics that are easy to maintain. As with most industrial woodworking machines, the accumulation of wood dust and grime is a major maintenance concern.