Recycled Pallet Grades

Wooden pallet grades refer to different conditions of recycled pallets. At FALM, we rarely quote pallets that are beyond Grade A and Grade B, as they become less structurally sound the further you move away from Grade A.

Grade A Recycled Pallet (also referred to as #1)

“Grade A” pallets are recycled pallets that have been refurbished to near original condition. All damaged boards have been replaced, making this a pallet that’s in near-new condition and is highly dependable.


A-Grade pallets are more readily available but will have a more worn appearance than a Premium A Grade pallet. The specs on an A-Grade are more consistent than on a B-Grade pallet and will never have any block repairs to the stringers. The overall appearance is also better as A-Grade pallets are likely to have had shipment fewer cycles than a B-Grade.

  • 7 boards on top
  • 5 boards on bottom
  • 6” lead boards are NOT guaranteed; however, some pallets may have 6” boards
  • Average top deck spacing 2.5” to 3.5”
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2” x 3-1/2”ea)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • No block repairs to stringers
  • Each stringer can have one repair plate to strengthen any split

Grade B Recycled Pallet (also referred to as #2)

“Grade B” pallets have been previously used and typically have experienced damage to one of its stringers. To fix, or reinforce, the damaged wood, an additional runner is placed alongside the broken or cracked piece. The top and bottom deck boards may have also been replaced in previous repair cycles, which means the deck configuration on “B” pallets may not be consistent, but they are still a reliable alternative to new pallets.


B-Grade wooden pallets are considerably less expensive than A-Grades and are used primarily for warehousing or shipping where it is likely the pallet will not be coming back. B wooden pallet grades will typically show much more wear and tear.

  • Between 5 to 7 boards on top, depending on board width which can be 3.5 to 5.5 wide)
  • No less than 3 boards on bottom
  • Avg. 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”ea)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • Has plugs (repairs) on stringers, can have plates or staples on cracks
  • Can be various length and location
  • No more than two boards (stringers) thick at any one point
  • Chips or partial split boards are acceptable

Discover more about wooden pallet grades by contacting the FALM team today.

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