Looking through the diagram on basic flagpole accessories , parts and hardware, I came across a word that Iím not familiar with, the flagpole truck. I thought that by meticulously staring at the diagram I would be able to understand its function. But I was wrong; the more I look, the more confuse I become. There were 2 assumptions that I came up with, it helps in the ease of raising the flag and it has some kind of mechanism that supports the flag. Although these assumptions seem acceptable, neither of these had appeased my mind. So I decided to research on the Internet, but it wasnít an easy search because there were no available description and articles. Luckily I came across a live chat room where flags are the main topic.
Here is what the chatter told me. The flagpole is a long and hollow tube that can easily be damaged by weather conditions. And considering its characteristics, manufacturers have made the necessary preventions to avoid the occurrences of damages and in turn prolong the usage of the flagpoles. The outside part is normally wrapped and a top cover called the flagpole truck is screwed tightly against the pole to secure the inner part. Other than that, the flagpole truck holds the pulley through which the rope runs to raise and lower the flag. And it holds the finial or ornament at the top of the pole where a hole is normally tapped in the center so that a bolt may be screwed on it.