Eugene Bonney was a First Class Lineman for Central Maine Power for 34 years. After retiring, he started his own private contracting business for electrical distribution and mutual aid services. During his time as a lineman, Eugene found that traditional pole pullers were so impractical that they were seldom used. More often than not, the digger truck boom would be used instead of the standard pole puller.
Recognizing that the need to remove old utility poles would grow over time and that companies would need an efficient and reliable option when it came to cleaning up their distribution systems, he began designing and developing a viable option, a process that would take over six years.
As Eugene’s business grew and began to make a profit, he funneled some of those funds into outfitting his business to undertake the task of pulling poles. After fabricating the first Pole Puller, he gained a contract from Central Maine Power to pull 200 poles in mid-winter. The Pole Puller performed admirably, and very few modifications had to be made. After proving the efficacy of his product, he undertook more contracts, and to date has pulled over 1200 poles with the original puller. In 2009, he applied for a U.S. patent, and he began outfitting his business to manufacture the pole pullers more efficiently.
Not content with that, he decided to also patent his cable puller, which was born of necessity as well. Throughout his career he’d pulled thousands upon thousands of feet of cable, and never found a tool that was able to handle any situation. Inevitably, the cable was either damaged coming out of the conduit or bent beyond the manufacturers guidelines on a jury rigged block and tackle set up. Complicating matters was the fact that seldom did crews have the ability to pull directly in line with the conduit because of terrain, posing a myriad of additional problems.
Eugene spent countless hours perfecting his design, and finally managed to produce a versatile tool that is easy to setup and break down, and gives the freedom to pull in any direction without damaging the cable.
In 2012 he decided to significantly scale back on overhead and underground utility construction and focus solely on the improvement and marketing of the two patents.