Telescoping poles made of aluminum tubes in different diameters slip into one another. Each section can be raised and locked into place. The flag’s upper section is the first to lift. Telescoping poles are free from ropes that may become tangled, worn, or bang against them in windy weather. They can reach heights ranging from six to thirty-five ft. Because of their tapered effect, Telescoping poles are able to maintain their strength-to-height ratios. They aren’t quite as sturdy and see this durable as single-piece poles.
Consider the following factors when looking for a pole capable of telescoping: length of tubing, locking systems, and spring help.
Telescoping flagpoles are larger in diameter than their height. Find the section that has the longest tubing when comparing flagpoles at equal heights. The thickness of the wall, also known by pole diameter, can have an affect on strength.
Every manufacturer has a unique patent that will allow for different locking systems. Look for systems that are self-indexing/self-locking. This means that each section automatically locks when it rises. The locking mechanism should be positive, and not based only on friction or extension. A system that has as few moving components as possible will help you avoid problems with locks.
Look for a manufacturer offering a spring-assist option. The spring assist system makes it easier to assemble smaller flagpoles. For flagpoles greater than 20 feet high, a spring aid system is required. Pole weights can vary from 12 to 25 to 25 to 25 to 25 to 25 to 20 to 20 pounds.