Buying a Telescoping Flagpole: What to Look for

Telescoping flagpoles are made up of several aluminium tubes of varying diameters that fit within each other. Starting with the top section, each section is raised and locked into place (the section holding the flag). The ropes on telescoping flagpoles should not tangle, wear down, or clang against the pole in windy conditions. They are made in heights ranging from six to thirty-five feet. Telescoping flagpoles retain their strength-to-height ratios due to the tapered effect, but they are still not as durable as one-piece poles. To know more read here.

Three factors should be considered when purchasing a telescoping pole: tubing size, locking systems, and spring assist.
Telescoping flagpoles with the largest diameters in comparison to their height are the highest. When comparing flagpoles of the same height, look for the segment with the largest diameter tubing. The thickness of the pole’s wall, or its thickness, has some bearing on its weight, but not nearly as much as the diameter of the pole.

Since most manufacturers have a patent on their processes, locking systems will differ from one manufacturer to the next. Look for a self-indexing and self-locking device. This means that when each section is lifted, it is directed into the locking position automatically. Positive locking systems, rather than friction or expansion-based systems, should be used. Look for a locking mechanism with little or no moving parts to reduce the chance of a defective lock.

Check to see if the manufacturer has a spring assist system. The spring assist device allows assembling smaller flagpoles a breeze, and it’s needed for flagpoles over twenty feet tall because the pole weight can range from twelve to twenty pounds.