Posts Tagged ‘traffic barrels’

traffic drum, traffic drums, traffic barrels, traffic barrel, traffic channelizerI have mentioned many times in my posts that a traffic drum is sort of like a barricade.  It is like a barricade because it guards or barricades against construction that is on the side of the road.  It is important not to mix these two terms up, because they are different things.

A traffic drum is most likely better for the highway and a traffic barricade is better for the town or city environment.  This is because generally traffic drums are cheaper and you need more of them compared to barricades.

traffic drums, traffic barrels, traffic drum, traffic barrel, channelizerYou may have seen a traffic drum that was completely run over before, or you may have even seen a traffic drums get run over with your own eyes.  Believe it or not, a lot of times these drums can still be used!  They are designed and constructed so that they do not crack when run over.

There are even products out there (called channelizer reshapers?) that pop the drum back out to it’s normal shape.  When you think about the fact that these drums run for around $50 a piece, one of those could be a good investment if used on a lot of drums.

traffic drums, traffic drum, traffic barrels, traffic barrel, channelizer, channelizers, traffic channelizer, traffic channelizersBelieve it or not, there are more features than one would expect with traffic drums.  For example, did you know that traffic drums have lips on the bottom that makes it so if they were to fall over, they wouldn’t toll too far?  Actually, not all of them have lips, some are shaped like an oval which also prevents them from rolling.

This may not be the case with every single traffic drum that exists (because there are a lot) but it is a spec that needs to be met in most cases in order to be used on highways.  A lot of states also have specific reflective specs, so watch out for that next time you buy traffic drums.

traffic drums, traffic drum, traffic barrels, traffic barrel, channelizer, channelizers, traffic channelizer, traffic channelizersA lot of people do not know what is on the side or the top of traffic drums.  They know what traffic drums are, the orange traffic barrels they always see on the side of the road.  What they don’t know is that the lights on top of them are called barricade lights and they are typically wrapped with four 6″ bands, two orange and two white.

This reflective sheeting makes the traffic drums easier to be seen during the night so people know that construction is coming up.  The lights also help with this, because they are typically blinking during the night and have a photocell in them so that they only turn on during the night.

traffic drums, traffic drum, traffic barrels, traffic barrel, channelizer, channelizers, traffic channelizer, traffic channelizersLet’s face it, when you see traffic drums, you usually see a lot of them.  That is why when buying in large quantities or moving large amounts of traffic drums around, you probably want them to stack.  Whether they are stacked in a warehouse with all your other traffic safety products or stacked on a truck for putting them out on the highway, stackability is important.

Some traffic drums stack more than others, so ask your supplier how many of them can be stacked up.  If the supplier doesn’t know, try asking the manufacturer.  Imaging buying 1000 traffic drums and then finding out that you can’t stack them even two high?  It is very important, so make sure you ask!