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How to Choose a Traffic Cone

How to Choose a Traffic Cone

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Traffic Cones have been around for 80 years. With original designs made of used rubber tire skins sewn together, the first patented traffic cone was invented by a Los Angeles street painter named Charles P Scanlon in 1940 to keep motorists from driving on wet paint. Since 1969, Work Area Protection, a Hill & Smith Inc. brand, has been making flow-molded PVC All Orange Cones™ at our production facility in St. Charles, Illinois. Today, the amount of options offered when choosing a cone can be overwhelming. Below are some basic guidelines to help you select the cone that is right for your project.

Black Base Cones™

As the newer cones on the market, these cones are considered king.

Features:

  • Two-piece cone with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) body and interlocking rubber base
  • Body is injection-molded and fused together with base for supreme durability
  • Fade resistant, superior fluorescent pigment
  • Comes with or without reflective collars
  • Designed to last for years
  • Wide base design for easy stacking
  • Rubber base increases friction to prevent skidding
  • New grip handle technology for easier lifting
  • 16 lug base provides additional stability and reduces cracking during runovers
  • Heavier weight options are available for states requiring more stability

Standard All Orange Cones™

The classic cone that never goes out of style.

Features:

  • One-solid seamless piece made from flow-molded polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Cone has more give
  • Anti-fade, fluorescent orange color
  • Broad base for stability
  • Designed to last for years
  • Comes with or without reflective collars
  • Heavier weight options available for states requiring more stability
  • Made in the USA<

Trimline All Orange Cones™

A great hybrid between a Channelizer and a Standard All Orange Cone.

Features:

  • One-solid seamless piece made from flow-molded polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Cone has more give
  • Anti-fade, fluorescent orange color
  • Broad base for stability
  • Designed to last for years
  • Comes with or without reflective collars
  • Tall and skinny to save space
  • Heavier weight options available for states requiring more stability
  • Made in the USA

Recessed All Orange Cones™

Extra protection against your reflective collars

Features:

  • One-solid seamless piece made from flow-molded polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Cone has more give
  • Anti-fade, fluorescent orange color
  • Broad base for stability
  • Designed to last for years
  • Comes with or without reflective collars
  • Recessed body helps protect reflective collars when stacked
  • Heavier weight options available for states requiring more stability
  • Made in the USA

With multiple options to choose from, there is a cone for every project. Whether you need an extra durable Black Base Cone™ for a high traffic area, a classic Standard All Orange Cone™ for a construction zone, or a skinny Trimline All Orange Cone™ for a road delineation, we have you covered.