Save your money
Don't waste your money on the cheaper pole. It did not last me one cleaning before the pole was bent beyond use. The commercial pole may be fine but the cheaper one is junk.
May 9, 2012
Good for a season or two
The pole is long enough to easily reach my 9ft deep pool and sturdy enough to handle an almost full leaf rake (not from the very top pole though, it gets a little flimsy), but it just didn't last. I bought this pole maybe two seasons ago TOPS and it is already messed up. I saw reviews saying they couldn't get the locking mechanism unscrewed; this was actually not my problem. The bottom pole came unattached from the locking mechanism. This part is simply glued in and I guess the chlorine destroyed the glue? I am going to try some heavy duty aerospace epoxy (thanks to my job) to glue it back and hopefully it will work. Oh, and not that it really matters but mine was different colors; blue bottom pole and silver on top two poles. The blue is completely faded now from the chlorine and sun.
May 2, 2012
I have yet to find a decent tele-pole.
If I lived back in the 1600's I would be yelling "My Kingdom for a decent Telepole!"
This is a 1-2 season pole, max. The problem with this and every pole I have ever owned is the locking mechanism. After a few months of use you must be Arnold Schwarzenegger to twist & unlock the sections. I don't know if it is water/chlorine/dirt or what, but the nice easy-extending pole that came in the box turns into fixed pole after a few months. Plus, it only takes once for you or your kid to step on it, giving it the slightest bend which makes the above problem even worse.
My next/last pole will be a professional, one-piece fiberglass pole. Yes, it will cost three times what this one does, but I won't be buying a new one every 2 years and cursing it the whole time in-between.
June 6, 2010
A2020 Deluxe Pole
I had this pole for a few years now and it still looks new. It stays fairly straight fully extended and with a skimmer full of wet leaves. The only negative is it takes a good amount of torque to twist/untwist the cam to keep the pole at the desired length, so don't expect to change it while vacuuming the pool bottom.
May 26, 2010