Gutter vac poles

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Cleanz, Feb 18, 2015.

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  1. Cleanz

    Cleanz Active Member
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    Been doing guttervac's for about a year now and have always used alloy poles. Bit of an arm ache at some angles but not massively - however where the clamps go are a bit worn now and I tend to find myself tightening up the bloody things more than actually doing the job!

    I was just about to buy some carbon fibre poles (with clamps) but had read on a site that they were only slightly lighter? Didn't want to spend £500-£600 on poles if there isn't much difference in weight.

    Also, anyone know where I can buy they clamps for the alloy poles from?
     
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  2. WWC

    WWC Well-Known Member
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    I have only used Ali poles myself, so can't comment on the CF ones. But the clamps... Why not contact the company that sold you the poles / vac in the first place? They can probably sell you extra clamps.
     
  3. Jimroot

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    I've been using the CF poles, they are very light and easy to handle but I've done no extreme angles and I haven't used ALU so can't compare. I have unclamped.

    I think even if they are a bit lighter on paper and vertical, the lever principle involved with a long angled tool means they are effectively much lighter the more angle applied.
     
  4. Cleanz

    Cleanz Active Member
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    I did email them but never got a response, I will phone them soon if needs be but I was kind of hoping somewhere like screwfix might do them but not sure of the exact name of the things. Actually if anyone can recommend better clamps, I think where the poles clamp might be worn a touch, which might have added to the problem, so maybe some better clamps?
     
  5. Cleanz

    Cleanz Active Member
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    Ah thanks Jim, any recommendations on where to get CF poles? They seem to vary wildly in price...
     
  6. Jimroot

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    Grippamax were recommended to me, and they are the Gardiner pole, so big pedigree there. gardiner Super-Lite.

    pricey, but if you're making money from the activity, I rationalised to get the best equipment is a good idea, especially if it cuts down on risk/stress.

    On a side note, do you use your ladder much with the gutter clearances Cleanz?
     
  7. Cleanz

    Cleanz Active Member
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    That's one of the ones I was looking at actually... and I have Gardiner poles so know they are good quality. Makes sense then, I'll go for CF

    Haha I knew this would pop up.

    I'd say every other job I have to sling a ladder up normally where flashing hasn't been cut properly and some corners.
    I've come to accept that as part of the job, annoying but it seems to be quicker for me to do that, than mess around.

    I also always use a little ladder on "lower" gutters, detatch the poles and use the hose with a tool on the end.

    What head do you normally use with your CF poles? The one I have with Alloy poles takes no time to come loose, isn't it like moulded plastic with CF?
     
  8. Jimroot

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    Yeah moulded plastic tool ends. I'm going to experiment with making tools, going to try a flatter profile one and maybe a spike type to prong into material, to limit the ladder use. hard to say yet if that will limit ladeder use or not
     
  9. neil fearnley

    neil fearnley Member
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    I'm having the same issue with the clamps pinching the poles
    Tbh my alloy poles are pretty beat up now not sure how carbon would hold up over time,my 5ft pole sections weigh just over 300g each so not much difference in weight to carbon
    Can't see it being worth 500 quid
    Also I made my own tools hacking a pole down,I rollered a 12" piece pretty flat for tight gutters
    Check out carbon fibre tubes Ltd for carbon poles,I got my swaged aluminium poles off eBay £30 all in
     
  10. neil fearnley

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    T bolt clamps

    I'm going to fit quick release bike skewers on mine to stop over tightening them
     
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