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CHUCKAZ
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Spud poles ( 20:00:15 TueDec 18 2007 )

I have a 5" Keene with a over/under box and am considering installing spud poles. I have 1" galvanized rigid pipe for the poles and 1 1/4" pipe for the poles to slide thru. Where is the best place to weld the 1 1/4" pipe for the poles? Should they go inside the pontoons or on the outside? It looks like to go on the outside you would have to weld to the railing that is pinned to the pontoons.

Thanks for the help.

  
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Re: Spud poles ( 15:43:41 WedDec 19 2007 )

Not much drag on a 5". You can get by with a single one near the front between the motors. Weld it to something solid; mine's already tearing loose. But I'm kinda rough on equipment.

Always use at least 1 anchor rope in addition to your spud pole. I have had them slip when the water rose unexpectedly overnight.

  
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Re: Spud poles ( 21:02:01 WedDec 19 2007 )

Got a general idea of spud poles, and what they do.
But, can you qualify what they are for? If there be spuds in the river Are the spuds you catch reds, or whites....maybe Irish. What do you do with greenies, mash'em?

  
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Re: Spud poles ( 21:25:12 WedDec 19 2007 )

I think you use a pole to mash the spuds that is why they are called spud poles.......... ;.)

  
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Re: Spud poles ( 22:32:33 WedDec 19 2007 )

I believe that they are refering to a pole driven into the streambed to hold your dredge in place.

  
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Re: Spud poles ( 08:16:04 ThuDec 20 2007 )

I would recomend using 2 spud poles on a 5" dredge. Install one on each opposite corner, but install pockets on all 4 corners so you can switch corners. Install spud pole on the opposite side of the box your working from, otherwise it will be in your way all the time.

You'll find that there is no need for safety ropes or anchors to trip over !! Even in moderatly fast water the poles will hold your dredge in place just fine.

One other thing...... use 1" galv. water pipe or 1" black pipe. Don't use EMT (electrical conduit) it will bend.

I posted the complete spud pole design a couple of years ago, on this forum, might do a search.

Believe me, you'll love them !!


  
CHUCKAZ
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Re: Spud poles ( 15:15:23 ThuDec 20 2007 )

Thanks Bob, I know Ken had them on his 4" and really liked them. I did a search and didn't come up with anything. Do you still have the information and plans you spoke of?

  
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Re: Spud poles ( 16:51:17 ThuDec 20 2007 )

With 2 poles, if you are in shallow water, then you can move the tail around to keep from getting tailings bound. I had just one on my 5" and it was enough for most of the water I worked. When you leave for the day, make sure you have a safety rope to the bank in case the river comes up while you are gone. Sometimes the poles get wedged and don't slide like they should. I used a 15' pole, with a coupling and a 2' piece on the bottom in case a thief wanted to remove the pole. He would have to have 2 pipe wrenches and the ability to hold his breath for a long time in order to slide it up and out. My slider part was bolted and tack welded to my frame in the front. Easy to relocate while dredging, just go back and raise the pole and it comes forward, then drop the pole and keep on working. No need to come up out of the water like with a rope.

  
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Re: Spud poles ( 17:07:10 ThuDec 20 2007 )

Well!!!! Look what just crawled out of the woodwork!!!

We thought you had hibrinated for the summer and winter.




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socalgold
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Re: Spud poles ( 05:13:37 FriDec 21 2007 )

Just stickin my nose in, heading for AZ for awhile.
Keep em in line Jim

  
CHUCKAZ
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Re: Spud poles ( 15:51:27 FriDec 21 2007 )

Thanks for the info. I have my poles at 7' and was planning on machining aand welding a internal thread so I can add length when needed. I like the coupling on the bottom end.

  

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