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External vs Internal Halyard Flagpoles

Which is right for you?

External Halyard Flagpoles

External Halyard Flagpole Diagram

External Halyard Flagpoles expose the rope halyard on the outside of the flagpole shaft.

External Halyard Systems

External Halyard Flagpoles utilize flagpole trucks with an exposed pulley, rope halyard and flagpole cleat. If budget is a concern, External Halyard Flagpoles are the most affordable as well as most popular for both residential and commercial flagpole projects. These flagpoles range in height from 20 ft to 80 ft.


External Trucks

An external truck sits at the top of the flagpole, providing a pulley system for rope halyard.

Options include include stationary trucks, which are fixed and will not rotate, and revolving trucks, which rotate with the wind. A double revolving truck is also available and includes an extra cleat and complete double halyard assembly.

External Single Revolving Truck - Spindle Design Example
External Single Revolving
Spindle Design

Spindle Design Trucks incorporate a threaded spindle which is installed into a female fitting welded into the top of the flagpole.

Revolving Trucks rotate the flag with the wind.

External Double Revolving Truck - Spindle Design Example
External Double Revolving
Spindle Design
External Stationary Truck - Cap Design Example
External Stationary
Cap Design

Cap Design Trucks install over the top of the flagpole and are attached with anchoring set screws or bolts.

Stationary Trucks are fixed and will not rotate.


Internal Halyard Flagpoles

Internal Halyard Flagpole Diagram

Internal Halyard Flagpoles keep the rope or wire halyard inside the flagpole shaft and thus have a more streamlined appearance.

Cam Cleat Systems

Cam Cleat Systems incorporate rope halyard secured in place by a heavy-duty cam action cleat. These flagpoles require additional components compared to external halyard flagpoles including an access door, cam cleat to hold the rope halyard, retainer ring, counterweight, and internal halyard truck. Cam Cleat Systems range from 20 ft to 40 ft.

Cam Cleat Internal System
Winch Systems

Winch Systems use wire halyard (i.e. stainless steel cable) with a gearless winch and winch handle to raise and lower the flag. Winch Systems are the most expensive type of flagpole. Their components including a winch, winch handle, retainer ring, counterweight, internal flagpole truck, and flag arrangement. Winch System Flagpoles range from 20 ft to 100 ft.

Winch Internal System

Internal Trucks

An internal truck sits at the top of the flagpole, providing an enclosed pulley system for rope or wire halyard.

Options include stationary trucks, which are fixed and will not rotate, and revolving trucks, which rotate with the wind.

Internal Revolving Truck - Spindle Design Example
Internal Revolving
Spindle Design

Spindle Design Trucks incorporate a threaded spindle which is installed into a female fitting welded into the top of the flagpole.

Revolving Trucks rotate the flag with the wind.

Internal Stationary Truck - Cap Design Example
Internal Single Stationary
Cap Design

Cap Design Trucks install over the top of the flagpole and are attached with anchoring set screws or bolts.

Stationary Trucks are fixed and will not rotate.

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