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  1. #1
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    Default Where does everyone get there free pallets?

    I need a lot. Probably like 50. Where does everyone get their free wooden pallet boards?

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    Craigslist. Also there are a TON of places in Redmond and the Quah that have pallets sitting behind their businesses. Just stop and ask if they want to get rid of them. I bet if you have someone with a truck that could drive you, you could easily knock that out in a couple of weeks. Also I have always wanted to stop at the Grey Barn and ask them, because they would have weathered or worn pallets that the plants come in on. Also in the "industrial area" of Woodinville and Seattle there are always places that have PILES of pallets they want to get rid of.

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    Shoreline is kind of far, but there is a listing on Craigslist and there is one posting that said they have a parking lot full of pallets......

    another listing says they have 13 pallets in Bellevue for free......

    A couple big piles for free in Kirkland........

    That was like in the first 10 listing for "pallets" today.......

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    I work at a HVAC/plumbing company so I get 'em at work if I need 'em cause they just trash or recycle 'em. The big HVAC units come on them & sometimes they're packaged around them. I'd try the local HVAC/plumbing companies in your area.

    I also can get more large cardboard boxes than anyone could ever realistically need so check with them for that stuff too if you need it.
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    Default There is a difference in "Pallerts".

    Some are oak and you will need to pre-drill (with a drill bit) holes for any nails or screws to be able to fasten them together.
    I was given some pallets that shipped small compressers to this country from Europe. I don't know what kind of wood these are cut from but they seem very weather-resistant compared to most.
    Some people wil cover palets with cardboard to avoid catching people on the splinters but cardboard is flammable....
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    Lots of possible places -- just ask them if you can have them. Some places return them and some toss them :-). In general, small stores or independent stores are less likely to recycle or return them, and these are the guys to check first. But on with my very partial list:
    Farm supply and feed stores
    Hospitals
    Pet stores
    Asian food stores
    Big box stores
    Any mall -- ask individual stores. Pier 1 often has TONS.
    Corporate offices (they use lots of paper, by the palletload)
    Newspaper offices
    Supermarket
    WalMart,Target, Kmart, etc.
    Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc.
    auto supply stores, like Auto Shack (what's it called now?)
    any factory -- cookies, spark plugs, tractors, whatever

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    Try Harbor Freight. There is one loacted in BELLEVUE, WA 98007. You can take them by the truck loads when they have them.

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    I work for a school so every year they get new textbooks that come on nice new pallets. Also behind the mall at night. Lots of stores put them behind there for the next day to go out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gym Whourlfeld View Post
    Some are oak and you will need to pre-drill (with a drill bit) holes for any nails or screws to be able to fasten them together.
    I was given some pallets that shipped small compressers to this country from Europe. I don't know what kind of wood these are cut from but they seem very weather-resistant compared to most.
    This is good info to know! Thanks! I always just assumed that all pallets were crap wood.
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    Over the summer I picked up a truck full of pallets from the Benjamin Moore painting place in Glen Burnie, MD. One thing I should have done though was bring a friend and gloves...they were heavy and pretty grubby. :/ But hey's they were free.

 

 
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