Many questions are asked about the construction of pallets, and one of the most searched questions is about nails. Some questions we will answer in this blog include; what material is used? Which size is used for which pallet? How are the nails then placed in the pallet? And just for fun, we will tell you how TIPCI disposes the nails passed through their well-known crushing machine.
First of all, we need to know which pallet you are looking to place your nails into. If you are looking to place nails into Euro Pallets, then you will need to find an authorised company to supply the correct nails for you, www.litnaglis.com and www.prometsa.com.pl are recommended suppliers for EPAL nails. Another thing to note, you will need 2 sizes of nails. This is because one size of nail needs to sink deep into a block and the other size bonds boards together. The typical length will be 40mm and 2.8mm head size for the shorter nails, placed in the boards. The longer nails are 90mm in length with a head size of 3.46mm.
Coil nails are placed into compression guns, which will use air compression to punch the nail into the blocks and boards, holding the pallet together perfectly. Another thing to know when considering nails for Euro pallets, is that you will need 78 nails per pallet due to EPAL’s requirements.
If on the other hand, you are looking for nails to go in UK standard pallets, sized 1000 x 1200. The nail sizes are going to differ from Euro nails. For standard size pallets you need nails which are 64 – 70mm in length. These nails go in the blocks and are longer in length as they need to be wedged deep into the block. The nail size that you are looking for to put the boards together are 35mm. The reason that the sizes differ from the Euro pallets are because the thickness of the boards are different between Euro and standard size pallets, therefore you are going to need nails that sink through the boards to ensure that the pallets are perfectly secure.
When searching for nails ensure they are wire coiled with a ring-shaped head and diamond shaped point, this will guarantee the performance of the nail is going to be predictable. Meaning, the timber is not going to split in half, which would be a disastrous when are constructing a pallet.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, if you are interested in what happens to the nails which get passed through TIPCI’s machine, here is the answer. All the wood which is crushed passes through our conveyor belts, which are all magnetic. As a result, we can collect every nail passed through the crusher, from here we move the metals to recycling partners for this specific material.
If you are looking for pallets or to dispose of your waste wood, then be sure to contact us via email or calling our office.
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