Dan Fenstemaker has beefed up his Web site, and he’s getting ready to be busy during the holiday season, reports CantonRep.com.
Why? Fenstemaker’s invention will be featured over Thanksgiving weekend on DIY Network’s “Cool Tools” television program.
Inteletool – interchangeable telescopic tool – is just that. The tool head comes off the pole and the handle telescopes for a longer reach. The interchangeable tool heads are full size, commercial grade steel and come in a round point shovel, leaf rake, hoe, steel garden rake, spade, scoop, two broom styles, lopping shears, tree saw and aluminum scoop.
The telescopic pole reduces to two feet, a size small enough to store in a backpack or duffel bag. Planned are a 4-foot pole that extends to 8 feet, and a 6-foot model that extends to 12 feet.
Coming up with the idea was a collaboration. “My sons and I were working together, and we thought there had to be other things that could go on a telescopic pole.”
During the initial stage, he used materials from his workshop, bought parts, and hired a local machine shop to do fabricating and welding. The first attachments were a rake and hoe, then “Why not come up with a whole line of tools that interchange on an industrial strength telescopic pole?” he thought.
Photo by Inteletool.