MaxiForce F.A.Q

Welcome to MaxiForce Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Here you’ll find the answers to the most common questions people ask about MaxiForce. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us.

1. What is a Bollard?

Bollards are posts (or other shaped objects at least 30” in height) constructed of various materials that can be used to close a road or path to vehicles above a certain width. Bollards can be mounted close enough to block ordinary cars, for instance, but wide enough to permit special-purpose vehicles through. There are many specialty types of bollards.

2. Is the MaxiForce line of products vehicle crash rated?

MaxiForce Fixed Bollards are engineered to meet a variety of crash and impact ratings. If you require crash rated bollards, please contact us to find more.

3. What is the MaxiForce Traffic Control Bollard ‘patented breakaway
safety feature’?

The breakaway feature works by allowing the unit to “break away” from the base unit permitting access without using the wrench operation or removing the padlock. Three unique types of inserts are designed to shear, or tear away, when pushed by a vehicle. This gives the vehicle access without causing significant damage to the bollard or vehicle. The feature ensures there will never be a time when emergency personnel cannot access protected or blocked areas, thus providing for the safety and security of those facilities and persons on the other side of the barricade. By simply replacing the inexpensive inserts, the bollard can be placed back into service in a matter of minutes by use of a standard allen wrench. This feature can be removed with the use of the steel non-breakaway (P-152) insert.

4. What is a release insert?

MaxiForce bollard release inserts come in four versions – standard (P-145), heavy-duty (P-150), steel (P-151) and non-breakaway (P-152). These various inserts give you choices to fit your locations operation and particular conditions.

Each insert is sturdier than the previous providing for a solution that requires different levels of force to break away. The last insert (non-break away steel) is designed to remove the breakaway capability which will result in damage to the actual bollard if struck.

The release inserts are located in the pivot block and are attached to the base using two hex head screws. These inserts are what creates the ‘patented breakaway safety feature’.

5. How is the EZ (easy) base installed?

The EZ base can be installed either by being embedded into a new concrete footer or into existing concrete when a new footer is not feasible. For installation into existing concrete the EZ base needs at least six inches of concrete to be installed. Initially there is a template that has to be tacked where the bollard is going to be placed. On the template there are crosses indicating the location of holes to be drilled into the substrate. Once the holes are drilled, the template may be removed. The two outermost holes (1” x 7-1/2”) are to be filled with epoxy and the EZ base can then be inserted into the holes. Once the epoxy has set the body of the bollard can be attached to the base.

6. What is the significance of the MaxiForce model number?

Model numbers are set in a specific order. The first set of numbers in the sequence is the Bollard’s function. The second set is the bollard’s body style. The third set is the operation of the bollard which is not used for the fixed bollards. The fourth set is the head style of the bollard. The fifth and last set is the base type.

7. What finish options are available for all MaxiForce Bollards?

All bollards are available with a powder coated finish in a variety of colors. Additional finish options include Zinc Rich Primer, Galvanization and Reflective Tape stripes.

8. What is Powder coating?

Powder coating is a type of dry coating, which is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”.

The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is mainly used for coating of metals, such as “white goods”, aluminium extrusions, and automobile and motorcycle parts. Newer technologies allow other materials, such as MDF (medium-density fibreboard), to be powder coated using different methods.

9. What different types of bollards does MaxiForce offer?

There are four types of bollards in the MaxiForce product line: Collapsible, Light Removable, Standard Removable, and Fixed.

10. How much do MaxiForce bollards weigh?

a) A Standard Collapsible bollard weighs 83 LBS
b) A Standard Fixed bollards weigh 68 LBS
c) A Standard Removable bollard weighs 63 LBS.
Weights vary depending on the choice of body size, bollard head and bollard base. If you want to know the exact wieght of a specific model, check the product page for that particular bollard.

11. Does MaxiForce install bollards?

No, MaxiForce is a material supplier only.

12. Can the Collapsible Bollard fall in either direction?

Yes, the bollard will collapse when hit by a vehicle in either direction. When the bollard is being used manually, it will only collapse in one direction.

13. What payment methods can customers use to purchase an item
from the MaxiForce Bollards product line?

Customers may either pay by credit card or be invoiced for the purchase at time of shipment.

14. What are the payment terms offered to customer purchasing a
product from the MaxiForce Traffic Control Bollard line?

Payment terms are Net 30 days from date of invoice.

15. Which credit cards may be used when purchasing through the
MaxiForce Bollards website?

You can pay for your MaxiForce order with the following credit cards:

16. What kind of warranty is offered with the MaxiForce line
of products?

MaxiForce / BlueEmber warrants it’s products for one year after the receipt of shipment FOB, stating that the product will remain free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal and proper use and service.

17. What is the standard lead time on the MaxiForce Bollard Kits?
What is the lead time for release inserts and Standard Hydrant
Wrenches?

The current standard lead time for the MaxiForce Bollard Kits is 4-5 weeks. Lead time varies based on quantity and shop load at the time an order is placed. The lead time for the release inserts and the standard hydrant wrenches is 1 week.

18. What different shipping methods are available when purchasing
the MaxiForce Traffic Control Bollards? What are the restrictions
on each?

MaxiForce offers shipping through both UPS and YRC. Any order that is less than 150lbs will be shipped via UPS using any of their available shipping types based on the customer’s selection. Any order that exceeds 150 lbs. will automatically be shipped via YRC standard ground shipping which typically takes 3-5 days to arrive at the customer’s site. Expedited common carrier freight and shipments that utilize the customers own freight carrier or freight account are also available.

NOTE:The above shipping conditions refer to orders, placed directly through our office. For orders, made through our online shop, please refer to our Online Shop Shipping Policy.