Extension pole for high-reach cabling installs

Sept. 15, 2011
Platinum Tools' Xtender Pole can reach a 24-foot ceiling.

Platinum Tools' Xtender Pole speeds installation time and improves worker safety, its manufacturer says. It allows installers to remain on the work floor whil hanging ceiling wire, jack chain, hardware and threaded rod.

The pole is powered by a 3/8- or 1/2-inch battery-operated or corded drill. Platinum Tools says the pole provides a safer way to reach areas that otherwise are dangerous or inaccessible to ladders, scaffolding or scissor lifts. The pole is made of aluminum, features a thin profile for accessing tight spaces, and is available in two adjustable-length models. The Xtender Pole-12 reaches up to 18-foot ceilings while Xtender Pole-18 reaches up to 24-foot ceilings.

It includes adapters specific for the wire-application being installed. The wire plug-in head hangs 12- or 9-gauge wire, while adapters work with 3/8- or 1/4-inch threaded rod up to 10 feet in length. The pole also includes a 1/4-inch hex head that transforms the pole into a long screwdriver and a twist-out element that prevents over-torquing, Platinum Tools says.

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