Painter's Poles

The Painter’s Pole Showdown

The good, the bad, and the ugly

There are a lot of Painter’s poles in the world and they have provided a great way to paint a little higher up the wall for many years.  Almost all hardware stores and home centers sell them and they are relatively low cost.   Along comes the ClickSnap Painter’s pole adapter.  We can now use these handy and low-cost poles to extend our cameras, video cameras, GoPro cameras, microphones and accessories up into the air.  

This is a great way to shoot aerial shots, home inspections, event photography, underwater photography and so much more.    Sounds great, right?  Step one is choose either our Standard Painter’s Pole Adapter or the Ball Head Painter’s pole adapter.  Both thread onto most Painter’s poles and provide a standard ¼-20 threaded stud at the top.  The stud is what screws into the tripod hole on most cameras and accessories.  If you are using a regular camera or video camera you should be all set. 

For a little more flexibility, you might want to add a ball head or an accessory adapter.  Most small ball heads will also have the ¼-20 thread and the larger ball head will have a 3/8-16 thread.  You can get one of our thread adapters if you need to use a larger ball head on your ClickSnap adapter.  If you are using a GoPro they make a nice little adapter mount that threads on to the Painter’s pole adapters and attaches to the GoPro.  Finally, if you are using a smart phone like an iPhone or Android phone there are a large variety of mounts that also thread on to our adapters and holds your phone.  

Because there is a lot of variation in pole and thread manufacturing, our adapters work better on the recommended poles.  Please review the info below prior to purchasing a pole.  Thanks

Pole selection:

Our two favorite poles are the Mr. Longarm and the Wooster Sherlock.  Both are rigid easy to use and well made in the USA. 

Recommended poles:

Mr. Longarm – Made in the USA

All their poles have a really nice twist lock design and removes any play and noise in the pole.  This is especially nice if you are shooting video or recording audio.  These are well made and very easy to find online or at Home Depot, Lowes or most hardware stores.

Wooster Sherlock – Made in the USA

These are quality poles and very rigid.  You can adjust them in increments of 6”.   They can be found at most home centers like Home Depot and Lowes.  The one drawback on these is there is a small amount of play between the pole and lock mechanism.   Please see below for part numbers and links.

Jiffyloc – Made in the USA

These poles are very similar to the Wooster poles and are well made.  They are not as common but a great choice if you can find them.

Earth Friendly – 4” Bamboo Pole

This is a wood pole and non-extending.  It is made from bamboo and is very solid.  It is also very low cost and can be found at Lowes.  These types of poles are great if you are taking a GoPro or small underwater camera with you diving or snorkeling.  It allows you to put your camera right next to fish with our scaring them.  You can get some great underwater selfies too.

 

NOT recommended poles:

Shue-Line – There mechanism is very cool and fits into a compact space.  Their older poles worked with our adapters however they recently changed the thread and now are too tight.  Soon we will have a series of adapters that works with these poles however for now they are on the not recommended list. 

Purdy – Power Lock

Purdy makes some nice painters tools however they have moved away from the standard Painter's Pole thread and do not work with our adapters. 

Links:

Mr LongArm Poles:

Alumiglass 2 Section Extension Poles

Mr. LongArm’s Alumiglass® Extension Poles are the perfect heavy duty pole for all your professional and DIY needs. The Alumiglass® utilizes a smooth fiberglass handle with rubber hand grip for a comfortable no-slip work day and an anodized aluminum slider that won’t rust. The heavy duty metal threaded end fits all types of threaded tools, and the Lok-thread® prevents tools from loosening during use. The Alumiglass® uses an external chuck & collet locking device provides a secure lock at any length. And its MADE IN THE USA!

  • Smooth fiberglass handle with rubber hand grip for a comfortable non-slip grip
  • Anodized aluminum slider won’t rust
  • Heavy duty metal threaded end fits all types of threaded tools
  • Lok-thread® prevents tools from loosening during use
  • External chuck & collet locking device provides a secure lock at any extended length
  • Made in the USA

Item

Description

Size

 Link

UPC

6504

Alumiglass 2 Section

2-4 ft / 0.6-1.2 m

Extension Pole, 2' 4'

039932065047

6506

Alumiglass 2 Section

3-6 ft / 1.0-1.8 m 039932065061

6508

Alumiglass 2 Section

4-8 ft / 1.3-2.4 m

Mr. LongArm 6508 Heavy Duty Alumiglass Extension Pole 4-to-8 Foot" 039932065085

6512

Alumiglass 2 Section

6-11 ft / 1.8-3.4 m

Mr. LongArm 6512 Heavy Duty Alumiglass Extension Pole 6-to-12 Foot" 039932065122

6516

Alumiglass 2 Section

8-15 ft / 2.4-4.5 m

  6516 8' - 16' Alumiglass Handle

039932065160

 

Alumiglass 3 Section Extension Poles

Mr. LongArm’s Alumiglass® Extension Poles are the perfect heavy duty pole for all your professional and DIY needs. Three section poles provide the greatest reach plus compact size. The Alumiglass® utilizes a smooth fiberglass handle with rubber hand grip for a comfortable no-slip work day and an anodized aluminum slider that won’t rust. The heavy duty metal threaded end fits all types of threaded tools, and the Lok-thread® prevents tools from loosening during use. The Alumiglass® uses an external chuck & collet locking device provides a secure lock at any length. And its MADE IN THE USA!

  • Smooth fiberglass handle with rubber hand grip for a comfortable non-slip grip
  • Anodized aluminum slider won’t rust
  • Heavy duty metal threaded end fits all types of threaded tools
  • Lok-thread® prevents tools from loosening during use
  • External chuck & collet locking device provides a secure lock at any extended length
  • Three section poles offer compact size plus greater reach
  • Made in the USA

Item

Description

Size

 Link

UPC

6612

Alumiglass 3 Section

4-12 ft / 1.2-3.6 m

 

039932066129

6618

 Alumiglass 3 Section

6-18 ft / 1.8-5.4 m

MR LONGARM 6618 6-Feet to 18-Feet Alumi Glass Extension Pole

039932066181

6624

 Alumiglass 3 Section

8-23 ft / 2.4-7.0 m

Mr LongArm 6624 8 Feet to 24 Feet Professional Grade Bulb Changer Extension Pole (8-24)

039932066242

 

ProPole Fiberglass -  2 Sectoin Poles

Pro-Pole Fiberglass extension poles are constructed of smooth fiberglass tubing making them extremely rigid and durable. This heavy-duty pole is excellent for applications that require heavier tools and/or greater reach.

  • Smooth fiberglass handle and slider with rubber hand grip for a comfortable non-slip grip
  • Heavy duty metal threaded end fits all types of threaded tools
  • Lok-thread® prevents tools from loosening during use
  • External chuck & collet locking device provides a secure lock at any extended length
  • Made in the USA

Item

Description

Size

 Link

UPC

6224

Pro-Pole Fiberglass

2-4 ft / 0.6-1.2 m

 

039932062244

6236

Pro-Pole Fiberglass

3-6 ft / 0.9-1.8 m

 

039932062367

6248

Pro-Pole Fiberglass

4-8 ft / 1.3-2.4 m

Mr Longarm Pole Extension Fbrgls 4-8Ft 6248

039932062480

6272

Pro-Pole Fiberglass

6-11 ft / 1.8-3.4 m

Extension Pole, 6' 12'

039932062725

6296

Pro-Pole Fiberglass

8-15 ft / 2.4-4.5 m

 

039932062961

 

Wooster Brush: Sherlock Extension Poles

Made in the USA

https://youtu.be/XajycfMMD74

  • Hexagonal aluminum inner pole prevents twisting; rugged fiberglass outer pole
  • Easily adjusts in 6” increments with a touch of the thumb, then locks securely in place
  • Universal threaded tip works with all popular tools

Item

Description

Size

Link

 UPC

SR053

Sherlock 1-2

1'-2'

Wooster Brush SR053 Sherlock Extension Pole, 1-2 feet

 071497667281

SR054

Sherlock 2-4

2'-4'

Wooster Brush SR054 Sherlock Extension Pole, 2-4 feet

 071497663887

SR055

Sherlock 4-8

4'-8'

Wooster Brush SR055 Sherlock Extension Pole, 4-8 feet

 071497663986

SR056

Sherlock 6-12

6'-12'

Wooster Brush SR056 Sherlock Extension Pole, 6-12 feet

 071497664082

SR057

Sherlock 8-16

8'-16'

Wooster Brush SR057 Sherlock Extension Pole, 8-16 feet

 071497664181