Stop/ Slow Paddles
These older styles of stop/slow paddles are smaller (left) and less sturdy (right) than contemporary paddles.
 
Stop/ Slow Paddles with Foam Handles
For ease of use, look for foam handles – they make improve the grip and comfort of your flagger.
 
What to look for in a stop paddle

For a stop/slow paddle to be as effective as possible, it should meet the criteria outlined by the Federal Highway Administration’s MUTCD standards regarding size, reflectivity and durability. But where those standards leave off, sign makers have taken differing approaches, supplying consumers with a lengthy menu of options. The best paddles are those that not only meet MUTCD criteria, but are durable, cost-efficient, and effective.

Legal, first and foremost
Stop/slow paddles must say just that. In order to meet legal requirements, paddles must feature the words stop and slow on alternating faces, in letters that are six inches tall, at minimum. Paddles with GO or START on the reverse of the stop face do not meet legal standards outlined in the MUTCD. Additionally, slow/stop paddles must be octagonal in shape, made of semi-rigid material,with a sturdy handle.

Low life cycle costs
It is also important to keep in mind that stop/slow paddles see their fair share of inclement or extreme weather and rough handling. Larger signs may be difficult to handle in high winds, but moreover, paddles made of insufficiently rigid material can bend, warp or break in windy environments. Likewise, the rigors of the job can test the durability of a stop paddle. Paddles made from aluminum with rigid, plastic cores are the hardiest when it comes to withstanding extreme weather, and they can take a beating from rough handling on the job site. These plastic-cored signs prove to be significantly stronger than similar signs made strictly from aluminum or corrugated plastic, and when used in combination with sturdy handle design, they simply offer the best quality and lowest life cycle cost.

Efficient use
While the size of regulation stop/slow paddles are dictated by government standards (a minimum 18” x 18” is required and up to 36” x 36” is permissible), the weight of the paddle is defined entirely by the materials used in production. Aluminum stop paddles Swiss Rolex Replica Watches can weigh as much as four to five pounds – a significant weight when held up for any considerable length of time. Stop paddles made from aluminum with plastic cores are not only durable, they weigh considerably less (around 2.3 pounds). Lighter replica watches signs are ideal for a flagger or crossing guard’s long day on the job. As larger signs are often more effective and offer improved visibility at the work site, the relative weight of the stop paddle will be your ultimate deciding factor when selecting for efficiency.

Effective safety
Since a stop paddle is manned by an employee (or volunteer) who is vulnerable to oncoming cars, it’s vital to take every available safety precaution. Without exception, all stop/slow paddles should be reflective for optimum visibility; this is particularly necessary in inclement weather or low light. Sign companies offer products featuring industry-trusted 3M films that meet and exceed government criteria for retroreflection. Stop paddles made with high-intensity grade film provide three times the reflective capability of those made with engineer grade film. They also resist fading caused by sun, moisture and rough handling – a feature that improves safety and lowers or eliminates the cost of frequent replacement.

 
 
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