The answer to: “How can I make my own push pole?”, “What is the best push pole for the money?”, and “What is the most affordable push pole?”
There are a great many commercially-made push pole systems out there, but as you know, they tend to be pretty pricey. Why not make your own with Max-Gain Systems fiberglass and save a ton of money?
Everything for your Push Pole in one place!
Please Note: We do NOT sell any complete or “pre-made” push poles. We do, however, sell a wide range of individual parts that may be used by the do-it-yourself enthusiast to construct your own to your preferred design. For “pre-made” or complete push pole systems, please contact the appropriate manufacturers. The goal of this page is to be a very complete information and parts resource for the “do-it-yourselfer”, especially in making available innovative ideas on this subject passed along to us by others, for the use of all.
Max-Gain Systems fiberglass is the most cost efficient method to make your own push pole. Fiberglass is saltwater corrosion proof, extremely strong, and gives you a light weight and most cost efficient way to make your own push pole. We have put the Fiberglass, Ferrules, Spikes, Feet, Couplers, and Holding Clips needed to make your own push pole all in one place for your convenience.
Most Requested Layouts
Click the layout of your choice for the parts list to create one complete unit.
Assembly Instructions and Best Practices
Fiberglass DIY Push Pole Kits
Fiberglass Round Tube
1.5 inch OD Round Fiberglass Tube for Push Poles for adding additional length or creating a custom one.
Note: We have tried repeatedly to make totally water-tight tubing for push pole use, but we are convinced at this point that it cannot be done with the Pultrusion manufacturing process. There will always be the possibility of “pin-holes”, or very small pathways that exist all the way through the resin and glass fibers that will allow water (especially water under pressure, several feet down when being used in pushing boats) to find a way through and slowly “seep” inside.
Many of our customers have told us “no problem. I can waterproof it myself!” and have purchased our strong 1.5inch OD X 1/8″ wall gray tubes with the appropriate amount of ferrules / joints, foot, spike, and clips, and with a little work have used it very successfully! Customers have told us many waterproofing methods they have used, such as coating the insides of the tubes with liquid polyurethane and painting the outside with epoxy paints Many have used a product called POR-15. Here is a link to technical information on this product. (We do not sell it, and we pass this along for informational purposes only for “the do-it-yourselfer” who wants to save some big bucks with a little work.) Customers report that this stuff is almost bullet-proof and adheres well to our tubes, though we have not tried it ourselves.
Joints for both Fixed & Modular
1-1/4″ OD Ferrule for FIXED Push Poles
Couplers for Modular Push Poles
For one modular joint you will need one male and one female 1.5 inch coupler.
Push Pole Spikes
Push Pole Feet
Stowage Holding Clips
For storing your push pole in/on your boat when it is not in use. Choose 1-1/2 inch for use with your DIY Push Pole