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    Default I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    At the end of last year I was mowing my lawn and was too lazy to take off the front-end loader. I hit the 3" aluminum flag pole my wife had just gotten me for Christmas! Yesterday I pulled it out of the ground to see how badly it was bent. With it lying flat on the concrete, there is about a 2" bend approximately 2' up from the bottom. I thought about cutting it off as it wouldn't affect the overall height too much. I would have to drill and retap the bolt holes for the cleat. What I was hoping is that someone might be able to suggest a way to straighten it.

    Any suggestions are welcomed!
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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    Could you mow your lawn in the opposite direction?


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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    Robert, That was the first thing I thought of too.

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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    I am thinking the damage is done. I doubt if you can get that wrinkle out. You might try a dent puller that the auto body shops use. You drill a few holes and this thing threads into the hole. Then it has a weight on the shaft that you bang outwards away from the dent. A good body shop guy knows where on the dent to pull on the dent to get it to "oil can" back into shape. Too many holes and you would weaken the pole. In some cases a threaded stainless steel pipe clamp cinched down on the corners of the wrinkle might pop it out.
    How thick is the aluminum?
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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    Treemonkey, There is more of a bend than a dent. I just want it to stand plumb when I put it back in the ground. Thanks, eddy622611

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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    In that case take and on the opposite side of the bend put a bottle jack against a block of wood to protect the poles finish. Then take a cable or strong rope. Hook one end over the end of the pole. Then go up and over the piston of the bottle jack and up a few feet past the bottle jack. Anchor that cable with pipe clamps or something. Tension your cable so it is taught. Jack up the bottle jack to push the bend out. Sort of like rigging tensioners on a sailboat if you get my drift. Just be careful so the bottle jack doesn't pop off an smack you.
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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    Do you know of electrain w/pipe bend?
    Maybe fasten one end than heat the bent area and slowly push/pull until straighten.

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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    Aluminum can be heated and straightened easily but there is a fine line between when it's hot enough to bend and melting. When the aluminum starts to melt it doesn't do it in slow motion. It's kind of like "poof" and it's gone.

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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    I've done the same maneuver a couple of times. Luckily, my flagpole is old 2 inch painted steel with a coupling at the center.
    I just put the bucket up against it and pushed it back up straight. (Of course I wouldn't put a level on it to check for plumb! )
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    Default Re: I hit my flagpole with my front-end loader

    You have a hydraulic bender on your tractor. Block up the mast, secure it so it wont spin and center your FEL over the high point. Gently down pressure.

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