Long time cleaner, long time lurker, first time poster.
So my Brodex 36’ aluminum pole I bought from WCR a few years ago when they were dirt cheap fell over today after I got my foot caught in the water line. When I picked it up I had noticed that I think my 3rd from the top section was bent (I just put it back on the ladder rack and haven’t looked closely at it yet). I already bought a Xero 40’ that will be here tomorrow, but I really like this pole and wouldn’t mind keeping it on the truck as a backup WFP, or as a long extension pole for high lightbulbs, dusting under eaves, whatever. I am planning on taking it to a machine shop next week to see if there’s a method to straighten it, and I may also stop by an exhaust shop since they have tube bending machines as well.
I think this model is the Hydra HA36, and I’d like to know if anyone has one lying around they don’t use anymore or that is damaged that they would be willing to part with, as I have never had clamp issues with mine or anything else go wrong with it, and it worked great up until it didn’t.
Also, are there any tech geeks/metallurgists here who know exactly what type of aluminum was used on this pole? do most aluminum poles use the same type? I see numbers like 6061, 6063 and 2024, but not sure what they mean. My reason for asking is because I would not be opposed to buying a tube online and cutting it to fit then regluing the clamp to the pole…I just don’t know what kind to look for to price it.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.