Telescopic Pole for Purple Martin House
strong pole but not well designed
the pole is strong and the triangle design makes it sturdy but the holes for locking in extention are too big for the pins that came with it to lock it in position. also they are in a place not designed for extending the pole the necessary height. I went to the hard ware store and got a nice drill bit and some bolts to use as pins to extend my pole higher and more securely for the birds to feel safe.
May 15, 2014
Needed a pole to mount on my deck to mount an array for a weather station. Old system used antenna tubes and I didn't think they would be strong enough for this weather station array.
Also wanted a pole that could be lowered without removing the mounting hardware. This pole really works well for my system, would recommend this pole to anyone, would be a great flagpole.
June 7, 2011
not just for bird houses
I purchased this item to get my new weather station up in the air. I decided that using ALL sections would let it wobble a little too much at the top, so I removed the last (top) section and then mounted the instrument. In this configuration is is acceptably solid and does what I need it to, plus it allows me to lower the unit to change batteries and make adjustments. A good item for a reasonable price.
March 14, 2011
Great Martin House Pole!
We have two of these poles in our backyard. One is equipted with six big bio gourds and another pole with a 14 room PVC martin house.
Overall we love the poles for a few reasons:
- Poles do not rust
- Triangle shape adds strength over round pole
- In the winter, the poles are easy to store (three piece model)
- Martins are paticular on moving house position (direction of door). Triangle pole addresses that problem.
A word of advice. If there is a wind storm coming your way, lower the center section at the very least! We did not lower one pole during a 40+ mph wind storm and the center section was damaged beyond repair. We have seen the poles take 20-30mph winds without damage. Would not advice anything over 20mph. Well, that is our experience. :-)
August 20, 2008
Used this pole to suspend a purple martin house. I like the pole a lot better than the house. Fairly heavy aluminum and went up easily. Somewhat pricey, but what isn't?
August 12, 2008
Telescopic Pole for Purple Martin House
The pole was of very nice quality and went together easily. Bird house fit it perfectly. I would highly recommend the optional sleeve that you cement in the ground first, then slide the pole into. I wish I had gotten that as well, and I might still if i relocate the bird house. As I stated in the review for the purple martin house, a second person would have made this a lot easier.
August 11, 2008
Works very well with the Martin house. Very sturdy and holds up to wind and weather well. I do find it difficult to release the plastic pins to raise and lower the pole, but once I finally get clip depressed, pole is easy to adjust. Much better overall than any other pole I have used.
April 21, 2008
Martin house Pole Review
This telescoping pole for a companion martin house is a neat way to put the house about fifteen feet up in the air. Each of the five sections fit snuggly into its' adjacent triangular extruded aluminum tube. The main weakness, however minimal, are the molded plastic spring pins that lock the tube sections in place when it is either collapsed all together, or extended to its' full height. The plastic stubs that extend through and lock the tube walls together are not strong enough to withstand the shock of the center tube sliding down into retract, when the house is affixed to the top end of the center tube. Fortunately, there was a spare spring pin included with the order, and I did not have to try to obtain replacements before I could erect the martin house. Otherwise, it's a great device, well designed to withstand the rigors of severe thunder and wind storms that are prevalent in this area.
April 14, 2008
finally a good telescoping pole
I always bought the old style round poles in the past and have had nothing but trouble with them because they start rusting the first year then are impossible to make telescope so you can take the house down to clean it. This new style triangular pole works much better and I think I will get many years of good service out of it. The price is very competitive with what you would have to pay for a lesser quality pole elsewhere.
January 21, 2008
out of season
I order the telescopic pole in the middle of the season, for the purple martin. The pole will not be installed until the spring of 08.
October 8, 2007