Recycling telephone/utility poles????

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech LawnSite Senior Member
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    Our county parks use them as Barrier posts to keep people out the local utility company gives the old ones along with the ones the use for training to us for free. We just cut them into 4 foot pieces
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  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. exmark user

    exmark user LawnSite Senior Member
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    that is why we used them . That way when it destroys the gate and fence and they leave the scene at least it hurts there car get hurts to
     
  4. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ive seen them used as a light duty (decorative) retaining wall dug down 3-4-5 feet and stood up vertical. ive never done any of those cant say on the durability. I have also seen them drilled and spiked down to be used as parking curbs in drive ways and such. I have used them to lay flat and line the sides of stone driveways to keep stone from being washed out and on large gardens to keep the soil in. And I remember driving through an older town where they used them to make a guard rail.
     
  5. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    The creosote/PCBs could be a liability if used near wetlands or in water but above ground I like the idea of equipment mats or a place to keep attachments out of the mud. Could also be used as fence posts and that's popular here in Texas.

    I've got some really big ones on my property when the power company switched from 70' wooden poles to 110' concrete poles. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do but was thinking of making a bridge for a mule or small vehicle to cross an arroyo or ditch.
     
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    The supervisor, said i could pick through them and take the uncoated poles if i wanted. Thought about making a few 10' long mats , say 5poles wide. Could use them to sit pallets on top of or i like yellowdogs idea. Put my buckets, grapple, bushhog etc... On them to keep them out the mud.
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  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    If my poles weren't so big, I considered making a washing deck out of them. I could make a base ramp and the mud and debris would fall between the poles when I pressure wash my machines. Probably any number of uses on private land.. I did a paper on PCBs in school. That's some nasty stuff so best to keep old poles away from waterways but I don't see a problem using them on your own land or even selling some for fence posts or footbridges.

    Someone must have another creative idea. Any artists out there?
     
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Start a wind generating farm
     
  9. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have 10 acres fenced in with them was a ***** but i shoulld never have to replace a post as long as im alive (im only 27) every 20 feet sucke
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  10. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    We use them for everything from fence, to barriers. We're gonna make a wall out of them then pile dirt around the front to shoot in to.
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