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Description of a GMA 48" x 40" Pallet

Premium Grade A

These are most commonly used at retail where they will sit out on the selling floor becoming an integral part of a display.

  • 7 boards on top
  • 5 boards on bottom
  • 6" lead boards top and bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2" x 3-1/2" each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • No block or metal repairs to stringers
  • No colored or painted stringers.
  • Mostly clean of paint or markings on sides or end of stringers. Occasional small black out markings on sides.

Grade A

Pallets are mostly used by food, pharmaceutical or others

  • 7 boards on top
  • 5 boards on bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2" x 3-1/2" each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • No block repairs to stringers
  • Each stringer can have one metal repair plate to strengthen any split.
  • May have some paint or blank out markings on sides of stringers or have one or more stinger end color coded.

Premium Grade B  New Item!

The perfect fit between a Grade A and Grade B. This cost saving pallet will have had fewer transfer cycles than a Grade B and as a result will likely have fewer markings, chips, cracks or other wear and tear damage.

  • Same as a standard Grade B pallet but with only one of the three stringers having added a plug or other type of repair.
  • Will likely have some paint, blank out or other makings on sides of stringers and may have two or more stringers with painted ends.

Grade B

Considerably less expensive than Grade A and are used primarily for warehousing or shipping where it is likely the pallet will not be coming back.

  • 6 to 7 boards on top, depending on board width which can be
    3-1/2" to 5-1/2" wide
  • No less than 4 boards on bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" but can be up to 4"
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2" x 3-1/2" each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • Has plugs (repairs) on stringers
  • Plugs can be various length and location
  • No more than two boards (stringers) thick at any one point
  • Chips or partial split boards are acceptable.

Most other sizes of pallets do not refer to the GMA grading process but they do come in different conditions. Tell your salesman what your use is and he can offer you the best choice for the size you need.

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