How to Choose the Right Pallet Cages

If you've decided to invest in some pallet cages for your warehouse, then you should spend a little time looking at features that will be useful for your work. While pallet cages all do similar jobs, some features make these units more versatile than others.

To get started, ask yourself the following questions.

How Will You Move Your Cages?

In some cases, you'll only ever move a pallet cage with a forklift. However, some warehouses need extra ways to move these units. For example, if you might need to fill or empty a cage from a tight aisle that is too narrow for a forklift, then it pays to buy cages with wheels. Your workers can roll these cages along the floor to move them without having to lift them manually.

If you do buy wheeled cages, make sure that the wheels are lockable. You don't want pallets to move accidentally when you are packing or unpacking them.

How Will You Store Your Cages?

If you won't use pallet cages all the time, then you need to find ways to store them safely out of the way. If you're really short on space, then foldable cages are a good buy. You can collapse these units when you aren't using them and store them without losing a lot of space.

If you will use cages to store items that you will access occasionally, then stackable units work well. Here, you can stack units in a tower against a wall and access their contents when you need to.

If you will use cages for storage, then look for units with an additional front door opening. Some cages have half-doors on their front side. You can open this door to take items out of a cage or to put them in. You'll save time because you won't have to unstack units to access doors on their tops or backs.

How Do You Want to Load/Unload Your Cages?

You load some pallet cages from the top or through a side door. While this solution works well for lighter items, it can get tiring and time-consuming if you are loading heavier items into a cage. Some pallet cages have removable bases. You can also fill these cages from the bottom. So, for example, say you need to move a load of bricks. You simply position the bricks on the ground, making sure that their footprint fits the cage. You then remove the cage's tynes to open up the base and lift it over the bricks.

Once you've lowered the cage, you secure its base under the load again. You reduce physical loading work and speed up jobs.

To see some examples of suitable products, talk to pallet cage suppliers.