Sourcing a tapered aluminium pole in UK

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  • 28 Mar 2020 16:38
    Reply # 8864110 on 3055881

    I’ve just heard back from The Hampshire Flag Co..

    For their 12m Architectural Aluminium flagpole the specs are..

    base Ext diameter 165mm

    Top 76mm

    weight 41kg

    They didn’t mention the wall thickness or alloy.

    As the quote was £2092.88 + delivery + VAT, I’ll be sticking with the lampost option..

  • 11 Mar 2020 00:50
    Reply # 8820225 on 3055881

    Hey Peter,

    No, they haven’t replied to my email..

  • 10 Mar 2020 23:42
    Reply # 8820141 on 8486363
    Anonymous wrote:

    Hey thanks Asmat,

    i’ll give them a call..


    Did you have any luck with Mallatite?


  • 13 Feb 2020 08:26
    Reply # 8744472 on 3055881

    Has anyone ever contacted The Hampshire Flag Company to see what they would be prepared to offer? Their heavy duty architectural flagpoles, and possibly the GRP poles, might be suitable for use as a mast.

  • 12 Feb 2020 13:44
    Reply # 8742365 on 3055881
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Christopher.
    This subject has been quite thoroughly discussed here.

    I suggest you have a look


  • 12 Feb 2020 13:00
    Reply # 8742310 on 3055881

    Hi folks,

    I did make some enquiries about light poles a few months ago for my Wylo II project, and was unsurprisingly given the brush-off by ALC.  I'd be interested to hear the result of any discussions with Mallatite.

    I have been toying with the idea of making up composite masts (i.e. Ali tube with a tapered wooden topmast, as per Annie's Fantail), but the longest tube that seems to be available off the shelf (even from a giant like Thyssen Krupp) is 5m (possibly 6 if you're lucky).  What do people think about the idea of joining two of these with an internal sleeve, say of 2m length or so, riveted or screwed in position?  My rig is due to be based on Asmat's schooner rig, but with a slightly higher aspect, so the mainmast needs to be about 12.5m (12.8 is what I actually worked out, but I think I could get away with 30cm less) from keel to truck.  With 5m tubes, I could make a 10m length from aluminium  with a 2.5 / 2.8m wooden tapered topmast.  The foremast is 8.9m, so if I could source a 6m tube it would be ideal, but could probably make do with a 5m tube and 4m of wood.

    Grateful to hear any thoughts...

  • 05 Jan 2020 22:23
    Reply # 8486363 on 3055881

    Hey thanks Asmat,

    i’ll give them a call..

  • 04 Jan 2020 17:27
    Reply # 8474894 on 3055881

    Paul, Aluminium Lighting Company will no longer sell lamp posts for use as masts. Googling around, I've found, who supply tapared aluminium street lighting poles up to 15m tall. Have you tried them?


  • 03 Jan 2020 23:52
    Reply # 8468256 on 3055881

    Hey Guys,

    Thank you so much for the replies, you’ve given me much to think about.

    I’m really looking forward to getting on with it now.

    Mark, all in (including delivery and VAT) the quote was about £1140.

    The next size down - a 10 metre post top column base d 177mm top d 76

    was about £200 cheaper, but this only measured 8.8 metres above the inspection hatch cutout so was too short for me

  • 03 Jan 2020 22:29
    Reply # 8467689 on 3055881

    Hi Paul,

    if we look at the forces at the base of the proposed mast, there will be virtually no bending moment and there will be a shear load of a little over half a ton depending on the sail area set and distance of the C of A above the deck. I am also assuming a bury of about four feet for the mast. The cross section of your proposed mast has a sectional area of about 3.4 square inches and using a value of 20,000 pounds per square inch, this gives a shear strength of over 60,000 pounds, say 30 tons!! I think that it would be fine if you welded in the inspection plate and cut wherever you wanted. I know the welding will reduce the strength of the aluminium by about 40% but that should not be a problem with the loading at the base of the mast and will provide the circumferential strength that is important to stop cracking/bursting at the base. Just drill a hole in the inspection plate to pass your masthead wires through.

    All the best with the project.


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