External Halyard Flagpoles vs. Internal Halyard Flagpoles

When choosing a flagpole, consider the halyard system that raises and lowers the flag. External Halyard flagpoles place the rope on the outside of the flagpole, while Internal Halyard flagpoles conceal the rigging inside the flagpole shaft.


Flagpole halyard is rope, lanyard, wire-center halyard or stainless steel cable. These are the various ways to rig a flagpole. The halyard is what allows the flag to travel up and down the flagpole.

An External Halyard Flagpole System places the rope on the outside of the flagpole. The rope is exposed on the outside of the flagpole and travels through a pulley mounted at the top of the flagpole. An external cleat completes the rigging allowing the halyard to be tied off at about 4 1/2' from the base of the flagpole. This enables ease of operation allowing the flag to be displayed and move up and/or down as required.

The Internal Halyard Flagpole System conceals the rope on the inside of the flagpole. Internal Halyard flagpoles are more expensive than comparable external halyard flagpoles but they offer a more streamlined look and security. The rope is in the inside of the flagpole and travels up and out of the truck at the top of the flagpole. The rope is either wire centered halyard or stainless steel cable and is secured near the bottom of the flagpole with a cam cleat or with a winch. The rigging is accessible and controlled after unlocking an access door.

External Halyard System

The External Halyard Flagpole System incorporates a truck at the top of the flagpole with an exposed pulley. The rope goes through this pulley and is tied off on a cleat near the bottom of the flagpole. External Halyard Systems are available with both a stationary or rotating truck. A stationary truck does not rotate, while a rotating truck will swivel around the top of the flagpole. The rotating truck helps reduce wear and tear on the truck components by allowing the flag to rotate with the direction of the wind. On External Halyard Flagpole Systems, you may also opt for a truck with a double pulley. These trucks allow the flagpole to have two separate halyard systems. This makes it easier to fly multiple flags or fly one flag on top of the other.

External Halyard Truck Options


Stationary Truck, Single Pulley


Revolving Truck, Single Pulley


Revolving Truck, Double Pulley


Internal Halyard System

The internal halyard system conceals wire-center rope or stainless steel cable on the inside of the pole. These flagpoles have a more streamlined appearance since all of the rope or cable is on the inside of the pole. They also have more security since the halyard system is only accessible through a lock-able access door.


Stainless Steel Cable with Winch


Wire-Center Rope with Cam Cleat

Internal Halyard Truck Options

These trucks have an enclosed pulley system (i.e. the pulley is on the inside of the truck) and are available either stationary or revolving.


Stationary Truck, Single Pulley, Wire-Center Rope


Revolving Truck, Single Pulley, Wire-Center Rope


Revolving Truck, Single Pulley, Stainless Steel Cable