Deciding if an External or Internal Halyard Flagpole is a Better Fit- Day 3 of 30

When deciding to buy a flagpole, you want to make sure the type of flagpole you choose best fits your needs. There are unknown terms when it comes to flagpole types, like, internal halyard flagpoles and external halyard flagpoles. As someone new to the flagpole world, what are those type of flagpoles? Halyard is another word for rope. So external halyard means the rope will be on the outside of the flagpole and internal halyard means the rope will be on the inside of the flagpole.

External Halyard Flagpole: The rope runs up and down on the outside of the flagpole. Benefits of an external halyard flagpole are the ease of use and low cost. The rope is held down with a cleat and the rope runs to a pulley system at the top of the pole known as a truck. This is a “traditional” flagpole, similar to what you might remember at your elementary school.


Internal Halyard: The rope or cable and components are inside of the pole. The benefits of an internal halyard flagpole is with the rope on the inside it prevents theft, vandalism, and is typically less noisy. We offer two types of internal halyard flagpoles:

Cam-Action Cleat Internal Halyard Flagpole: The rope is concealed by a locking door restricting access to the rope for raising and lowering the flag. This flagpole is very simple to use and there are basically zero mechanical complications.

Internal Halyard with Winch: This type of flagpole uses cable instead of rope. The winch is mounted on the inside of the flagpole shaft. To lower and raise the flag, a removable crank handle is necessary. The stainless-steel cable unwinds from the winch and passes up through the inside of the flagpole shaft & over the truck sheave. Due to the complexity of the winch, this type of flagpole is the most expensive of all three options.

We have extensive flagpole knowledge at Custom Flag Company. Please reach out to our team to help navigate the flagpole process.

Posted on January 18, 2019 .