PowerPole FAQs

Q: How much will the PowerPole lift?

A: The lifting capacity for each PowerPole climbing unit is 650 lbs per single pole or 1,300 lbs per twin system.

Q: How do the PowerPole Outriggers keep the PowerPole from tipping over?

A: Even though the pole is vertical, the outrigger stabilizers are approximately five feet away from the wall. The outriggers are located beyond the system's center of gravity, providing much more stability than a ladder. In addition, the adjustable stabilizers are spread four feet apart, so side-to-side stability is very good.

Q: What is the maximum height the PowerPole can be used at?

A: The PowerPole can be used at a working height of 75 feet. If you need to access this height often, you may want to consider the PowerMast, which allows you to build the equipment from the ground up and can pass wall ties without removing them.

Q: Is PowerPole OSHA approved?

A: Although OSHA doesn’t approve or certify products, it does supply standards to govern safe use. The following are the applicable OSHA and ANSI codes that apply to the PowerPole: OSHA CFR 1926 Subpart L, Section 1926.451 – Scaffolds; OSHA CFR 1926 Subpart L, Section 1926.452, Paragraph (j); OSHA CFR 1926 Subpart M – Fall Protection; ANSI A10.8, A10.32.

Q: Is the PowerPole CSA approved?

A: In Canada, there is no specific consensus standard written for pole systems like the PowerPole. Therefore, CSA approval is not required or applicable. Rather, there is occasional mention of mostly generalized information written by OH&S (similar to OSHA in the US). If the PowerPole system is used in accordance with the product safety and installation instructions, along with attention to specific national, regional and local regulations, then the PowerPole system will meet or exceed the necessary requirements for those regulations.

Q: What happens if the power goes out? Is there a manual way down?

A: You must have ladder access at all times per OSHA requirements. You should also always have a spare cordless drill with you. Your extension cords should have locking prongs or secure them so they cannot become unplugged. Be sure to use a surge protector with a lower amperage reset than the breaker in the panel.

Q: Why does the PowerPole require a drill?

A: Simply put, they’re practical, powerful, inexpensive, dependable and readily available.

Q: What kind of drill should I use?

A: We recommend 8-9 amp corded 1/2 in. drills with a keyed chuck and RPM of 2500-3500. These higher amperage drills are typically hammer drills and are readily available at your local hardware store. Do not use the hammer mode when using these drills as it may cause premature wear to the system.

Q: Can I use cordless drills?

A: Good quality cordless drills (28 volt and up) offer satisfactory performance for many applications. However, most cordless drills do not secure into the drill mounting bracket and are therefore recommended only as a backup in the case of power loss to the corded drill.

Q: What should the tie spacing be?

A: When pole length exceeds 24 ft, the maximum spacing should be 16 ft.

Q: Do I need to secure the base of the PowerPole with a standoff tie?

A: It is necessary to ensure that the bottom of the mast assembly will not rotate or slide in any direction along the base surface. This can be accomplished by driving spikes into the ground through the holes in the base plate. If that is not possible, it is necessary to use a standoff tie near the base.

Q: What is the maximum space between the wall surface and the planks?

A: Do not install the plank more than 14 in. away from the wall surface.

Q: Is fall protection included in the PowerPole system?

A: The SpeedRail is a fully OSHA compliant guardrail system and is available as an optional attachment. Be sure to have the proper guardrails, endrails, midrails and toeboards properly installed as prescribed by Local, State and Federal regulations.

Q: If I unintentionally overload the PowerPole and attempt to go up, will I damage anything in the gearbox?

A: Each PowerPole gearbox is equipped with an overload clutch designed to slip in overload situations. The PowerPole will not move if loaded beyond the capability of the system.

Q: What planks do I need to use?

A: PowerPoles are designed to accept any rated plank that can be properly attached (chained) to the platform and platform supports.

Q: How far apart can I place my PowerPoles?

A: The spacing of your PowerPoles is determined by the length of the rated plank you intend to use and the number of poles. If you’re using two PowerPoles and the plank is 24 ft long, the pole spacing must not be greater than 22 ft to maintain an overlap maximum of between 12 in. and 18 in. at each end. If you are using 3 or more PowerPoles in a row and intend to center the middle planks over the platform strut, be sure to space the outer poles sufficiently to allow for 12 in. to 18 in. of overlap.


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