|1. Poles are designed to rapidly extend (and collapse)
for placement of static lines or other fixed devices at heights, or at
a distance, not normally within reach of ground personnel.
Poles are not designed to rotate objects at distance,
poles are not designed as a climbing device or to be hooked onto something
overhead and left hanging for some other purpose. Only locking pins,
rings or mechanical buttons prevent these poles from coming apart at the
2. WARNING ! Do
NOT use in vicinity of power lines, during
or in other potentially
Stealth poles are made from high-strength aluminium alloys
which are outstanding conductors of electricity.
Fiberglass poles are made from dielectric fiberglass but
are not a protection against conductivity, only resistant to it.
If Benjamin Franklin had had access to this type of equipment,
he would never have used a kite.
3. When using poles at full extension, it is recommended guide
ropes be attached to the mid-section of the poles for two additional personnel
to assist the pole bearer in positioning the top of the pole.
Use of COUNTERWEIGHT at the pole base is strongly advised for any
pole 30-ft (10-meter) or more in length.
With the possible exception of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger,
the laws of physics mandate that to someone holding the bottom end of the
pole, just a few pounds (or kilograms) at a great distance feel like a
very much more than just a few pounds (more like a metric ton).
It is very easy for a fully extended pole, with a small load in the hook
end, to get away from the operator and come crashing down where not wanted.
This is also not good for the pole.
4. Always extend pole segments so that at least six-inches
(6") remain inside the next larger segment.
Fiberglass tubing extends to a fixed button locked position
ONLY. Locks are designed to provide appropriate segment overlap.
For poles which can be dissasembled, do not circumvent normal locking positions.
Over extension of pole segments in use will result in damage and breakage.
This minimum amount of overlap is required. Less
than this amount risks immediate pole failure when pole is positioned horizontally,
resulting in probable damage to the tubing, the lock fittings and personnel.
5. If only partially extending pole, always extend smaller
top tube segments first.
Weight and balance of the pole is very important, and
the pole is much easier to use with more weight in the bottom end than
in the top end.
|6. To lock extension of any Fiberglass Pole segment, extend
segment until locking button engages.
To lock extension of any J-Lock™ or T-Lock™ Stealth TeleScoping Pole™
segment, extend smaller diameter segment to maximum extension and rotate
segment left until stop.
Fiberglass buttons are spring loaded and resistant to
unintentional unlocking. Buttons are resistant to up, down and rotation
forces limited to the physical characteristics of their materials.
J-Lock™ and T-Lock™ mechanism design uses a steel pin
in a slotted metal groove to provide lock at full extension (ONLY).
Once locked T-Lock™ mechanism is resistant to being unlocked
unintentionally. Fully extended and locked pole can be used to exert
reasonable force up, down or in rotation to the tip end.
J-Lock™ mechanism is for use locked in vertical position
only. Once locked J-Lock™ mechanism is resistant to rotation and
will maintain a fixed postion until smaller segment is raised and
rotated right to unlock and retract.
7. Unlock action of Fiberglass Pole is with depressed button.
Unlock action of T-Lock™ Stealth TeleScoping Pole™ is to manually
locate the mid-range position of each segment movement up/down. When
this "sweet spot" is located, rotate smaller segment to right to guide
steel pin out of locked position and allow retraction of smaller segment.
Unlock action of J-Lock™ pole is to raise and rotate right the smaller
segment to retract.
In the unlocked position, tube segments should slide up
and down freely.
8. When raising a fully extended and locked pole from horizontal
to vertical, a great deal of strength is required to lift the hook end
of the pole.
Maximum load at the hook end is unknown, but it is believed
that the pole strength is greater than that of the pole bearer trying to
lift the pole with a load. Recommended load at the hook is suggested
to be kept to a minimum.
9. Some Fiberglass Poles (HV-series) can be taken apart and
re-assembled without difficulty. This is recommended for cleaning
or repair. Damaged segments can be replaced by ordering replacement
T-Lock™ Stealth TeleScoping Pole™, J-Lock™ poles and most Fiberglass
poles cannot be dissambled.