The tripod is an exceptionally versatile design that can be scaled to suit a wide range of purposes for many different situations. Typical characteristics are being light weight while providing great rigidity and mast stability and often being easily transported. The adaptability of the tripod has led to its presence in many industries including telecommunications. The ability to quickly assemble and dissemble makes them perfect for temporary installations such as remote areas that do not have strong reception or where existing infrastructure has been damaged due to severe weather etc.

Depending on the materials used in its construction tripods can also be heavy duty permanent structures that can support sizable headloads to good heights, additionally they are able to be stabilized further with installation of guy wires. Some adjustable designs can make accommodation for rough/uneven ground and are used on rooftops or hillsides. Tripods are secured in place via their feet which can be designed to use pegs that can be hammered into the ground, plates that screw to roof supporting structures or bolts directly into concrete.

Simplicity means tripods can be readily adapted to meet specific requirements.