Now this has been published in the Aprils addtition of the Window Cleaning Magazine I will post this on here too! www.windowcleaningmagazine.co.uk I first time I saw the Facelift Phoenix range of poles was when they got revealed by Mike from Facelift at the CleanItUp VanFest back in September 2012. After spending time watching Mike demonstrating the Phoenix poles to ‘wulfy’ we got the chance to have a play with the 22ft Glass fibre, Hybrid and the full carbon Phoenix poles, was impressed with them then. At the end of January I went onto The Window Cleaning Warehouse website and looked into the Facelift Phoenix range of poles, they do a good range to suit all budgets from the Glass fibre range of Phoenix poles costing from £83.94, the Composite Phoenix Poles costing from £113.94 then there are the Carbon Phoenix poles starting at £209.94. For more information have a look at their website www.faceliftcleaning.co.uk I decided if I’m going to get a new pole that I should go for something that would last and that I can use daily on most of my round, so I ordered the Phoenix X 26 UL at a cost of £275.94. Received the pole next day and then it was play time! I threaded the pole hose up the inside of the pole, screwed my brush onto the plastic angle neck that came with the pole and placed it on a set of scales, it weighed in at just over 1.7kg. On the website the bare weight of the pole is 1.4kg The Phoenix 26UL has 6 sections to it and has a closed length of only 5ft. After screwing the plastic angle neck and brush onto the pole its closed length is 5ft 7inches which makes it a great size to fit inside my Citroën Berlingo’s roof space where I store my poles up out of the way. The look of the pole is great, each one of the carbon sections have been finished off with a nice chequered look paten giving them a really stylish look. The clamps are nice and compact too but easy to use with the one finger, they flip over without a problem leaving the pole to come out smoothly and in one action, making it fast to put up to clean the windows. When bringing the pole back down the design of the clamps have 2 good features, the first one is that they have a great breaking feature so as the pole slides down fast you just pull the clamp back a little to slow the pole down or to stop it from hitting your hand or the top of the clamp below it. The second feature of the clamps is, if you have a part of your hand or finger above the clamp they are designed in a way that it will push the part of your hand or finger out from between them stopping you getting them pinched in anyway, so no more blood blisters. Each of the clamp section has had a letter printed on them to make it a lot easier to identify if you ever need to replace one. One other thing I like about the poles is that there is no stop tape on them. They have a silver colour coded area at the bottom of each section to show you when the pole is at the point you should stop. This makes breaking the pole down to clean easy and stress free, there is no trying to get your screwdriver into the clamps to prise it open and trying to slide the pole out at the same time, also makes it very easy to change sections or even add sections onto the pole itself. First day of using the pole took me a little while to get used to it but after the first few houses I got there in the end. It’s light to work with, nice and compact to get around some of the tight spaces like between fences and conservatories. I passed it onto another window cleaner friend of mine to try as he has always only uses poles from another well-known company, and he was very impressed with the Phoenix. I would personally recommend these poles to anyone they are a great pole no matter if you are just starting out or been in the trade for years and looking to replace your poles and exceptional value for money. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with it at all.