Fastcap’s third hand support may not be the cheapest support pole on the market, but it’s hard to beat a company that actually gives you instructions on how to shorten their product with a hacksaw! It’s unclear whether they honor their lifetime guarantee and no charge replacement parts after that operation, though.
The Fastcap third hand support has many uses. For example, it can:
- hold crown molding in place or drywall overhead freeing hands to secure it
- apply pressure to glued down flooring while it dries
- create a dust barrier by using supports to hold plastic sheeting in place
- or serve as a load stabilizer in your truck bed — just wedge the third hand against the bed sides to keep loads from shifting during transport
The support’s height (or length) adjusts from 5′ to 12′ in three ways: you can adjust using the ball detents located every foot, you can pump the handle, and you can also screw the foot in and out. Capped with textured rubber pads, the ends are fully articulated with ball joints, and heavy-gauge steel and heavy=duty ABS plastic give the third hand support a 70 pound load capacity.
Amazon sells a pair of Third Hands for $70 and offers four with a carrying case for just $150. FastCap also offers a number of accessories that attach to the support, such as a mount for a laser guide and a larger, more stable foot.
As always, you can buy support poles for half the price at Harbor Freight — at your own risk, cheap-ass.