The Base of Octagonal Gaylord Boxes
The base of octagonal boxes are typically smaller than their rectangular counterparts, which actually has a few significant advantages. The base of most octagonal gaylords is 46” x 38”, and is placed on the same wooden pallets that are either 48” x 48” or 48” x 40”. One of the greatest advantages of the smaller base on the wooden pallets is that it evenly distributes the weight of the box’s inventory in the center of the pallet, which optimizes their stacking ability. The second and most significant advantage of the centralized weight distribution is that it drastically increases the box’s weight capacity. The octagonal shape itself also maximizes the box’s carrying capacity because it adds 4 additional pressure points in comparison to the rectangular gaylord boxes. While most rectangular boxes can carry 1,000-1,500 lbs, octagonal gaylord boxes can generally carry well over 2,000 lbs in a single haul. Because of this, octagonal gaylord boxes are typically more expensive in both retail and resale markets for gaylord boxes. While the majority of octagonal gaylords have 46” x 38” bases, there are bigger 48” x 48” options and smaller 42” x 36” options available as well.
The Height of Octagonal Gaylord Boxes
Much like the rectangular gaylord boxes, the height of octagonal gaylord boxes is variable. The height is also typically determined by a box’s first user. The height of an octagonal gaylord ranges between 24” and 42” inches, which is marginally shorter than the average rectangular gaylord. While this may affect the overall carrying capacity, it bears no relevance to the box’s weight capacity, which is often the most important factor for the majority of customers.