I'm asked all the time by customers, "Where do I get a pole and leaf bag like yours?". I clean pools 4+ days a week so I do have a commercial grade pole and leaf bag that can withstand the greatest torment you can dish out. So, maybe you're a new pool service tech looking for quality gear or a home owner wanting the best tools for your pool. Either way I will tell you what to get and why.
First let's start with the pole. Skimlite makes the best heavy duty poles on the market. Shown above you can see the three piece 9024 model to the left (too many pieces) and the two piece 9016 model to the right.
I use the Dually model no. 9016. This telepole is a standard 8 ft and will extend to 16 ft (actually 15ft because you want to leave about a foot of the inner pole inside the outer pole at it's greatest extension). The pole has a cam built in to the end of the inner pole which makes up the internal lock. So when you extend the pole to where you want it you can then turn the inner pole a quarter turn to lock the internal cam inside the outer pole. This will make for quick adjustments that will only take a second when you need to adjust the pole length frequently. If you need to you can always use the second pole locking option, the external lock. The external lock is a black nylon clamp that is found on the outside between the two pole halves shown here. This is useful for when you have to pull out a lot of leaves or when your inner cam starts to wear out.
Metal items like screws, nails, and hair barrettes can find their way to the bottom for your pool and can rust and stain your pool plaster. To pull these metal items out I use this useful tool made by Pool Tool called the Magnetic Pool Adapter #122A (shown below) . It will not corrode. It is bright orange which is a helpful safety feature in case your pool needs to extend beyond the bed of a truck. After sliding the rubber handle off the inner pole a couple of inches I cut off the last inch of the handle on my Dually Pole and put the Magnetic Pool Adapter on the end. Both the rubber handle on the Dually and the Magnetic Adapter are the same thickness making for a smooth grip that your hand can slide over.
What leaf bag do I use? There are many imitations but the 20 inch wide Red Baron Purity Products Tuff Duty Leaf bag can not be matched (shown below). I've used this leaf bag for over 8 years and not once has it broken or bent under the heaviest tasks I could put it through. They are made in America since 1961 and have always been of the highest quality with every bag I've purchased (which has been about 3 per year!) The frame is a heat treated alloy that is both light and extremely durable. The bag is triple stitched to last a very long time. This bag comes in 5 different fabrics: standard, tuff duty, rag bag, silt, and leaf chaser. Why not get one of the other options of fabrics? The standard and rag bag fabric will wear out too quickly, the silt bag fabric quickly gets plugged and gets too "heavy" in the water, and the leaf chaser is too open to catch the smaller debris. The best option is the tuff duty Red Baron leaf bag. It will catch the smaller debris yet it won't get "heavy" when you move it through the water. It will last much longer and survive heavier abrasions than the other bags will.
After a dog decides to play tug of war using your Red Baron Leaf Bag you may need to purchase a renew kit to replace both the bag, the polyurethane rim, and the spring lock (the lock that holds the bag on the end of your Dually pole). With the renew kit you never have to purchase another complete Red Baron as the frame can easily last a lifetime. When my work is slow during the winter months I will buy the renew kit and take the time to rebuild the leaf bag. But in the summer when I have repairs to do I will, for simplicity sake, purchase a complete new Red Barons Tuff Duty bag when the fabric bag or poly rim on my old one wears out.
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Happy leaf bagging!
I'm Jered Linden, the owner of Linden's Pool Service. I live in Sonoma County which is where I conduct business.
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