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TBoy
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Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?

I was looking into getting a push pole for my boat and the store bought ones are expensive. I'm thinking a long joint of either PVC or wood should do the trick. Has anyone done this?


wickowick
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
I can image you being able to build one that isn't too heavy or likely to break for less than what you can buy...


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MSWebfoot
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Hernando
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
I think I only paid $30 or so for my Avery push pole.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
It would be pretty easy to make one out of aluminum, but you'd probably bend the shite out of it if you got mad at it.

Know anybody that welds? A stick of aluminum isn't too expensive.


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weagle99
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
Get an old swimming pool net pole and attach a foot.


lake2280
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south
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
^ this works good got two of em for my floundering boat.


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INFIDEL
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
Buddy built one but not sure what he used for the pole. It was about a 3" aluminum pipe. Filled it with foam for floatation. Bitch was strong.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
I'd get a 4" piece of 1.25" aluminum tubing and weld a foot on the end and fill it with GREAT STUFF and then cap the end.

It'd probably cost about 5 bucks


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tenfoe
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
You can buy just the aluminum foot part, then attach to whatever pole you want. I've had several made out of whatever straight tree close to 1.5" or so I could find. Put the foot on it with a couple sheetrock screws and use it till it breaks. Then cut another tree down. Cheaper than buying one.


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Capt ST
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
My guys have made them in the shop. 1.5" 40S alum pipe, with 2" T alum t beam.


TBoy
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
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My guys have made them in the shop. 1.5" 40S alum pipe, with 2" T alum t beam.


I might look for some of this. Not sure where to get it. At lunch I went to Lowes and they have 2 inch, 10 foot poplar rounds that were rigid enough. Just seems that 10 is a few feet too short. The aluminum tubing is interesting.

Anyone here from around Lafayette and have the capability to weld aluminum pipe?


Capt ST
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
See if you have a Samuels metal in Lafy.


TBoy
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
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See if you have a Samuels metal in Lafy.


Don't have one.


QuietTiger
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New Orleans
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
There's a place in NOLA on N. Roman- 504-586-9191, they sell everything you can think of in SS and Al. Think they also have a branch somewhere else in LA. Check them out.


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Tiger 79
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
Yes,

Its easy with PVC. Don't forget to put a long wooden dowel in the pipe for some rigidity. I glue them end to end to get the length

They last forever


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LouisianaChessie
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Baton Rouge, LA
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
Not sure how big your rig is but I've always thought of PVC as pretty flimsy. I like some of the other ideas though.


renfro meeks
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florida
Member since Nov 2012
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
I used schedule 80 1"1/4 pvc and cut it off at 18' and put a tee in the ends, works great here in the Fla muck


QuietTiger
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
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schedule 80

That's the ticket.


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Capt ST
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
LA muck much worse than FL muck. I just don't find PVC rigid enough when I have to bear down on it, I even bent the alum ones when I've been in a real bind.


QuietTiger
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New Orleans
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re: Anyone ever fabricate a push pole?
I know certain pvc pipes fit well into each other, not sure about sch. 80 though. Will have to check.


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