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Does It Matter Whether You Use Cones Or Pylons?

If your city is struggling to keep road work costs in check and has to be very cautious about what work zone equipment it obtains, finding ways to get more than one type of use out of an item is helpful. One potential way to streamline costs is to buy one type of road work delineator or barrier and use that for channelizing, guiding, blocking, and warning. Cones and pylons are among the most commonly used items for these, but does it matter which one you use? Here are some factors you should consider before making the choice. 


Cones stack easily, while pylons need to be stored adjacent to each other. That makes cones the winner if storage is a major factor in keeping the items around and transporting them. The wide bases on the pylons force each pylon to take up a lot of space unless you take the time to store a few upside down. If you are really short on space, stick with cones.


Unfortunately, those smaller cones are also easier to steal. If work zone equipment costs are burning a hole in your budget due to theft of cones in the first place, the last thing you need to do is feed that theft. Taller pylons, especially those that can be chained together, are your best bet.


The taller the item, the easier it will be to see when drivers approach quickly. Pylons generally win this one, unless they don't have reflector strips. A pylon with reflector strips is best, followed by a cone with reflector strips because those strips help drivers spot the cone or pylon. If you can't get either with reflective strips, a tall pylon will work, but if you can, grab some reflective tape and add it to whatever you get.


How stable the cone or pylon is depends not only on base configuration, but also on whether the base is weighted. A cone shape is inherently more stable than a thin pylon with a moderate base, but if the cone isn't weighted, it can be knocked over easily. A pylon with a weighted base may actually be more stable. So if you've had issues with someone knocking over cones while working, the weighted-base pylon is better. Of course, if you can find weighted cones, those would work well, too.

Hopefully your budget will ease up soon. But in the meantime, figure out what's most important to you with regards to cone or pylon use and look for the best compromise you can find. For more information, contact a business such as Stripes & Stops Company, Inc.