The special 40″ x 48″ pallet is constructed entirely of hardwood. The two 4″ x 4″ x 40″ runners are spaced 30″ OD apart. The risers mustbe spaced correctly in order to permit stacking pallets of either male or female articulated connectors on top of one another. The four deck boards are 2″ x 6″ x 48″. Spacing between the 1st and 2nd and between the 3rd and 4th boards is 7.5″. The center spacing between the 2nd and 3rd deck boards is minimal (<3″). Two connectors are placed back to back and each is secured to the first two deck boards with 1.25″ non-metallic bands. The second set of connectors is also placed back to back and is secured to the remaining deck boards with 1.25″ non-metallic bands. A 1.25″ non-metallic band is then wrapped around the four connectors for a total of five non-metallic bands.