Advantages & Disadvantages of Telescopic Reaching Poles

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Telescopic Reaching Poles
Telescopic reaching poles help you access beyond your normal reach. (The girl in a white vest tries to reach the sky image by Andrey Andreev from

Telescopic reaching poles can be used as pool skimmers, extended reach grabbers, extension paint rollers and cleaning tools, among other functions. Telescoping poles can lengthen your reach by a few inches or several feet, then compress back down to a convenient size for storage. Telescopic reaching poles offer many advantages to their use along with a few disadvantages which you should be aware of before investing in one.

Safer Reach

Telescopic reaching poles allow you to reach things more safely and securely than with other tools. Rather than standing on the edge of a ladder trying to change a light bulb overhead, you can access the bulb with a telescopic light bulb changer while remaining safely on the ground. A pool skimmer with telescopic reach allows you to clean a large pool area without overextending your reach and risking an accidental fall into the water. Telescopic squeegee devices give you the flexibility to clean exterior windows without climbing ladders or hanging out a window.

Help for Disability

Telescopic reaching poles can aid disabled people with a limited range of motion. A grabbing tool with a telescoping handle allows wheelchair-bound individuals to reach items on the floor and in overhead cabinets and shelves that would otherwise be impossible to access without assistance. Telescoping cleaning devices or paint rollers allow you to complete household chores even if you have a problem in your back or shoulder that makes reaching difficult.

Heavy Weight

Telescopic reaching poles can often feel heavy due to the volume of material used in construction. As a result, individuals with an arthritic condition or weak muscles may not experience successful usage of some telescopic reaching poles. In addition, you may be limited by what items you can reach if you use a telescopic grabber to access items overhead or on the floor. Large items like boxes and heavy or bulky items like gallon water bottles may be too heavy or awkward to reach with a telescopic reaching device.


Telescopic reaching poles can be difficult to control when fully extended and may bounce or sway during movement. Using telescopic extension can lead to clumsiness as well. The end of the pole invariably bumps into objects behind and beside you as you move it around. Using the telescoping feature in a tight space can result in broken items, damaged walls and scratched surfaces.

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