What is Pallet Equipment?
In woodworking, the term pallet equipment refers to a variety of mechanized and non-mechanized tools and machines that are associated with the production, transportation and storage of wooden pallets. For example, automated nailing machines, forklifts, manual pallet transports, shrink wrapping machines and metal storage racking can all be considered pallets equipment. In most cases, companies buy pallet equipment based on one of two scenarios: the production of pallets or the preparation of pallets for shipping, with the former resulting in the purchase of nailing machines, forklifts and lighter duty storage racking, and the latter resulting in the purchase of forklifts, shrink wrapping machines, manual pallet transports and heavier duty storage racking that can accommodate the weight of loaded pallets. Although pallet making is not commonly thought of as woodworking, there are many woodworking companies that focus exclusively on wooden pallet production, which can be especially lucrative considering that thousands of pallets can be produced in an eight hour shift and only a few machines are required to produce them. Most companies that focus on wooden pallet production operate nailing machines whose size alone necessitates a warehouse style workspace.
Is it Sensible to Buy Used Pallet Equipment?
Unlike many woodworking machines, pallet equipment is not especially sensitive to the wear and tear that comes with industrial level woodworking production, with forklifts being an exception. Manual pallet transports and storage racking are essentially indestructible, and shrink wrapping machines and nailing machines perform simple functions using easily accessible mechanics that are easy to maintain. With most industrial woodworking machines, the accumulation of wood dust and grime is a major maintenance concern. But with pallet equipment, which is not used to actually cut wood pieces for pallets, this concern is less prominent. Even so, used pallet-equipment should be regarded as used equipment and inspected carefully before purchase. When quality equipment is found, purchasing it used is indeed a sensible decision.
How Do You Assess the Quality of Used Pallet Equipment?
Assessing the quality of pallet equipment follows the same process as evaluating the quality of other used industrial wood working machines and tools. Step one is to only buy from professional sellers of used woodworking machines, avoiding eBay merchants and company auctions. Step two is to research a seller’s reputation at the Better Business Bureau, avoiding sellers that have unresolved customer complaints on their record. Step three is to request a copy of a machine’s logged service record (where applicable) to ensure that it has been properly maintained. Step four is to inspect the equipment first hand to assess its overall wear, or have a dependable third party do the inspection for you. Following these steps should lead you to quality used equipment that performs like new.