Slat crates are an affordable alternative to full custom crates. MEI Rigging & Crating offers custom slat crates made with high-quality materials. While they may not serve the same range of functions as a full crate, these slat crates offer unique advantages for certain business needs.
What is a Slat Crate?
Slat crates (also called skeleton crates) are composed of a base and four walls. However, unlike standard crates, these units are not fully enclosed. When compared to a conventional shipping crate, you would notice every other board missing on the slat crate deck. Slat crates also use dimensional lumber instead of plywood — with the dimensional lumber acting more as a brace for your cargo.
These crates require less material and assembly — allowing MEI to provide slat crates at a lower price. MEI also offers slat pallets and slat skids.
Is a Slat Crate Right For Me?
Slat crates are perfect for light loads that require minimal security. This option lets you access the support you need while saving money on unnecessary features. Less material also means less shipping weight, helping you cut transportation costs.
However, opting for a slat crate when your cargo needs more support will cost you long-term. While slat crates have an upfront price advantage, this option accommodates unique cargo needs. MEI Rigging & Crating will never try to sell you solutions that we do not believe are suitable for your business.
Here are some considerations that might help you decide if slat crates are right for you:
- A slat crate can often carry up to 1,000 lbs — making this option ideal for lightweight cargo
- While slat crates cannot be stacked, they are perfect for easy-to-access ground storage
- Slat crates are a viable option for durable cargo that can handle a little less security
- Slat crates are perfect for short-term usage
If you need help deciding whether or not slat crates are right for your business—the professionals at MEI Rigging & Crating are here to help. We invite you to contact our professionals today for more information or a free, no-obligation quote.