Aluminum pole gave up, and I want a fiberglass pole because I'm paranoid I or my kids will hit an aluminum pole on some light fixture or something while cleaning. Reviews on entry level $30-$40 fiberglass poles pretty bad, I think all made by same place in China with different brand names, and all give fiberglass shards pretty soon.
Searched on TFP and some high marks for a the Skimlite brand of poles, but no one trying the 8000 series fiberglass poles. I just ordered one, $82 shipped, and will offer my thoughts in here on if 2X the cost was worth it.
Just from the photos the locking mechanism and other details look higher quality, but I'll report back after some usage, unless someone has ever tried this and could of saved me the trouble of trying one.
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