Steel Pallets vs. Wooden Pallets

Do you have a challenge around Chain of Responsibility compliance? Worried about how you can ensure you heavy equipment will get to Point B safely? Steel pallets are used for transporting bulky goods and equipment, air freights, at-sea storage, and long-term outdoor storage. Use of steel pallets is ever increasing over the years due to its apparent strength, durability, and good sanitation. Large and medium industries are now utilising them also because of their long-term cost-effectiveness and savings.


Bulky goods and equipment in excess of 1000kg in weight will undoubtedly need steel pallets, and not to mention its long-term durability for various jobs and the ability to withstand the roughest elements outdoors. Steel is hard to contaminate, and easy to clean, so a steel pallet can carry even perishable goods or equipment that might easily rust.


While metal pallets may never fully replace wooden pallets in the next decade or so, steel pallets have many advantages over their wooden counterparts. Even if steel pallets are expensive on the initial purchase, its ability to last more multiple years and transit trips without damage, makes it a wise and cost-effective investment choice.


Consider these major comparisons:


Safety of steel pallets

Steel pallets – Are excellent in providing complete safety as it is engineer rated, with rated lugs and grid mesh to restrain heavy equipment to.


Wood pallets – Low safety as wood is easily breakable, causes splinters and may have protruding nails.


Working with ASRS equipment

Steel – Perfectly compatible with any ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System) equipment either in semi-automatic or fully automatic mode, as it works smoothly on conveyor belts of any material handling conveyor system.


Wood – Not suited for working with any ASRS equipment, as wooden pallets rack out of the square or get jammed in the conveyor system.



Steel – Easily maintained and cleaned, and stays clean longer.


Wood – Difficult to keep clean due to frequent breakage, splinters, bugs, fungus, and other contaminants.


Fire Hazard

Steel – Completely fireproof.


Wood – Can quickly burn and may add fuel to an existing fire.


Climatic Temperature

Steel – Adaptable to any climatic conditions change, especially at low or mild temperatures.


Wood – Gets stiff and brittle in icy climatic conditions and sudden changes.


Design Flexibility

Both steel and wood pallets can be flexible for designing into various custom sizes and shapes. However, wood takes longer to custom-create into a specific shape or size.


Any industrial or transport company thinking of investing in steel pallets or in need to replace their wooden pallets should consider inquiring with Omni-tuff. They design and engineer the best steel pallets for all industrial usage. Omni-tuff makes the best storage solutions needs such as steel pallets, plastic pallets, hardwood pallets, pallet collars, bins, metal cages, and even PET strapping. This ensures that all industrial loads are retained and restrained safely and adequately.

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