Frequently asked questions about Pole Inspection

Many customers use the drill for pole inspections by conducting three drillings on the pole. First to determine the diameter for the WoodInspector software, second drilling into the base of the pole at an angle of about 30 degrees and then another drilling perpendicular to this at the base of the pole. This way the inspections are calculating the data below ground where there is a higher chance of decay. The WoodInspector software provides instant results of the drilling by determining if the pole is a pass, marginal or fail.

With the WoodInspector- software you will get a direct condition assessment of the wooden pole right after performing the measurements. Here, individually specified rot and cavity limit values of the timber branch to be inspected are included as criteria for the evaluation. To view more details visit the WoodInspector page.

Yes, you can take the information from PD/F Tools or WoodInspector and utilize it in your GIS or other related software.

The wood inspection drill measures the force of the needle turning through the wood product. For example, when the bit hits any soft decay the force on the graph will drop and if the needle hits a hard, brittle decay the graph will spike. If the bit runs through a cavity area the graph will drop measuring no resistance for the bit. The measurements are then collected on either a wax paper strip (F-Series) or electronically recorded for an instant upload (PD-Series).

With the F-Series drill the measurements are recorded on a wax paper strip. Typically users scan the wax paper strip into their report reinforcing their assessment of the wood. The PD-Series drill records the measurements automatically in digital form and can instantly upload these results to your computer via Bluetooth or USB cable. Software is available for your computer to analyze and organize your collected results.

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