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S W I N G - A W A Y for Safety.......
Affordably Priced at - $79.95 plus S&H
Though under construction we are attempting to gather the laws that pertain to mailbox supports. Our immediate focus is Minnesota and Federal.
Found at your local hardware suppliers - ask for the Swing-Away, Friend Innovations Model #037 ! ! !
Perfect for ANY INSTALLATION in ALL REGIONS - We alone stand (safely) in snow states!
We Prove that American ingenuity and technology can bring you the very best for LESS!
Steel toughness and durability yet engineered light for safety - using technology and innovation to benefit people.
MODEL #037 * * * INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS * * * : PDF (1MB) Animated (27.69MB)
Friend Innovations Model
A 70 mph tennis ball will go right thru the windshield, imagine a 25 or 80 pound mailbox and support!
Can you picture who might be in a front seat playing catch with a 4 x 4 wood post, a piece of heavy steel or a brick at 60 mph?
Our Swing-away design is more than snowplow friendly, the swing-away feature also allows the mailbox to accelerate to the vehicle speed, when impacted. Roadside safety experts have long stated the need for lighter mailboxes and mailbox supports. We accomplished the lighter and yet durable in our design.
Headlines that caused one of the following crash tests read, " Youth killed in crash". Could your mailbox make you part of a headline?
First! A little about our product and then some crash videos and more...
We offer you one model only. With thousands along the highways for more than a decade, withstanding summer heat, winter cold and the blasts of the snowplow, this single design has proven it does it all!
Your mail carrier will love you as well! Truly mail carrier friendly. Easily readjusted to the carriers preference.
Homeowners have installed these from start to mail ready in less than an hour.
Metal, Cantilever, Breakaway, Self-Centering, Light-weight
Install Year Round - Even in Frozen Ground
Designed to support one standard mailbox (10 lbs or less) -
SAFEST SUPPORT & BEST BUY AVAILABLE FOR ALL HOMEOWNERS - CONTRACTORS - DEVELOPERS
NON-HAZARDOUS - ROADSIDE SAFETY DEVICE
Model #037 - Crashed Tested - Federally Accepted
Crash Videos Section
Seeing is believing and you have seen these!
Before and after pictures of one of many hazardous designs. Have you seen one like this? Impacts the vehicles weakest point (the windshield) and enters the passenger compartment. Many times each year people are maimed, injured, and yes… even killed! Newspaper headlines that help promote safety testing of this type of design read, "Freak Accident - Crash Kills Youth". The young person was a high school senior, his death was not an isolated situation as many have happened. The words freak accident imply that it was something unusual, others, too many, have met a similar fate needlessly. FYI - you maintain liability for your mailbox sitting on the roadside.
Click on pictures to view video of 4 boxes on a plank (515kb)
The most common mailbox support on the roadside, the 4x4 wood post, was tested and "...confirmed the overall failure of the wooden support system." more than a quarter of a century ago. Surprised? View the crash tests!
Two different 4X4 Wood Post mounted on Audio/Video: (6.28MB)
Rollover caused by 2lbs per foot delineator post Out of control after impacting just 3 or 4 of these.
Just a short video so you can see what happens when the snowplow encounters our mailbox supports.
Colorado Department of Transportation Research Branch testing results for Mailboxes and Mounting Systems
Our Friend Innovations design was selected.
NEW ! ! ! Does your project involve Federal Funding - state, county, city? Visit our DOT web page.
It takes all of us to make our highways safe! Protect your loved ones, friends and family, ask your hardware dealer if any of their supports are crash tested and Federally accepted, and have a 5 year limited warranty for $79.95...
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