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Pultruded Fiberglass Poles: Lighter, Safer, More Eco-Sensitive & Lower Total Cost of Ownership

SpecialChem / Feb 2, 2009

Traditional distribution poles are formed from a single trunk of a fast-growing conifer tree that has been stripped of limbs and bark. Used for over a century, this technology is well-known and the least expensive option (from a piece-price standpoint). However, wood has a number of challenges. Because wooden poles are produced from living plants rather than via highly repeatable industrial processes, no two are alike and natural defects like knots, twists, cracks/splits can affect pole integrity. This requires costly manual inspection to ANSI standards to ensure worker safety. Thin shell remains of a insect-damaged wooden distribution pole. Since wooden poles taper along their standard 30, 35, 40, or 45 ft (9, 11, 12, or 14 m) length, their center of gravity tends to be closer to the bottom of the pole, making it more challenging to carry and set. In addition, wooden poles are heavy - typically 1,000 lb/454 kg - and require 10-12 workers to carry and hand set when equipment access in not available.

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