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  • Writer's pictureBryan Kesting

The Basics of Wooden Pallets

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

Missouri is known for having a plentiful supply of hardwood trees. Madison County Wood Products relies on our state's ample resources to build quality wood products. We manufacture stringer and block pallets as well as skids. Our shipping platforms are made from hardwoods such as native oak, hickory, ash, walnut, and softwoods - specifically from the pine species. Each composite provides unique transport capabilities while promoting sustainability. Businesses that require product shipping can benefit from understanding which application will work best for their needs. Here, we provide the details that lead to the right choice!

Types of Pallets


Stringer pallets are the most common wooden pallet purchased. The typical size for stringer pallets is 48 inches by 40 inches; it has been standardized over the years by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). Our team also makes other sizes to satisfy a specific product. These pallets feature a top and bottom deck, offering the customer a sturdy platform to bear heavier objects. Additionally, a stringer pallet allows you to stack pallets on top of each other for space efficiency.


Compared to a stringer pallet, a skid does not have a bottom deck. Without the bottom deck, this satisfies weight limitations and results in less friction. Overall, the primary reason for skid usage is its mobility, which easily moves across the floor. A skid can have two or three runners going from each side of the pallet. As a result of only having a top deck and runners, it allows for nesting the skid on top of each other. Sod industries utilize the skid because of the pliability of their product.


Industries that use block pallets are primarily military and chemical. Not only does a block pallet have a top and bottom deck, but it also has blocks in between for loading stability. MCWP integrates nine blocks for standard support of the upper deck. With the blocks going in between the two decks, they grant access to all of the sides of the pallet with the aid of a pallet jack.

The Density of Wooden Pallets

The quality of the wooden pallet will meet and exceed your expectations compared to any other pallet product on the market. Our wood-based pallet lends itself to a high-density and moisture-controlled product. Depending on the hardwood, there are density levels, including classes 1, 2, and 3.

Dimensions of Pallets

The size pallet your industry needs hinges on the goods that are being transported. As mentioned above, GMA recommends pallet dimensions should be 48 inches by 40 inches. Our company regularly manufactures 44 x 44 inches pallets, 48 x 40 Pine pallets, and 48 x 48 pallets. However, Madison County Wood Products specializes in manufacturing custom sizes for any industry. Know that we design our pallets based on the load. The Pallet Design System permits us to optimize your spending by enhancing the configuration, protection, and dependability.


Bryan Kesting is the VP of Sales for Madison County Wood Products – he’s also a 2nd generation Co-Owner of the family-run business. He helps set the company direction and continually pursues industry-changing opportunities. Bryan is proud to serve MCWP’s clients and the entire team, from the loggers to the drivers delivering the finished goods. Everything he does supports the company’s drive to be an incredibly vertically operated wood products company by managing acreage, harvesting, logging, milling, and manufacturing while focusing on zero waste through the use of the whole log.


Madison County Wood Products Inc. is a vertically integrated company specializing in land and timber management, logging, sawmilling, and pallet manufacturing. We take a zero-waste approach with a focus on environmental impact while providing customers with quality products, competitive prices, and on-time deliveries.


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