As wood is light, its handling and transportation is easy and cheap even in extreme circumstances. No extra equipment is normally needed. A telecommunication pole weighs about 100 kg, and a medium voltage electricity pole 200-400 kg, depending on the length. This means considerable savings in haulage and erecting costs compared with concrete or steel poles.
Impregnated wooden poles are tough. This is an important benefit in transportation and storage of poles. Steel and concrete poles are much more sensitive to dents, scratches and scars.
Holes, notches and joints for fixing crossarms and kicking blocks can easily be made at the line erection site, using simple hand tools – a practical benefit offered only by wooden poles.
A wooden pole is maintenance-free for decades even in areas where air is polluted or salty. Steel and concrete poles are much more sensitive to corrosion, for instance.
Safe in use
A dry wood pole conducts no electricity and is safe in the event of current leakages.
In most cases, wooden poles cost much less than alternate products. The material itself, but also the installation and the erection are cheaper.
Long service life
In Finland and Sweden pine poles creosoted at the beginning of the 20th century have served well in overhead lines for 60 years and more. With improved creosote and better production facilities, even longer service life is expected for the poles treated nowadays. Service life is naturally influenced by the environmental surroundings and elements. Creosoted poles have performed reliably over 50 years even in the most demanding conditions.