Why use tripod ladders ? – a Henchman tripod ladder review
Tripod ladders are used where ordinary ladders will not be safe. Like a milking stool, the tripod ladders have three legs to ensure their stability. With three legs, it is impossible for a tripod ladder not stay in contact with the ground.
Basic tripod ladders usually have one adjustable leg but the more professional ones have three adjustable legs. This makes them much more suited for uneven ground or for use on a sloping surface.
Unlike a normal ladder, Henchman tripod platform ladders have a special 7 inch (18cm) wide platform step to stand on. This step supports both feet leaving the remaining three feet above the step to lean on. There is room in the top part of the ladder to tuck your legs in so improving your stability.
The triangular footprint, which gives you much more stability than a standard ladder, is almost certain not to wobble. Having just three legs also allows for greater access in difficult areas which is why tripod ladders can be used for hedge trimming, pruning, topiary work as well as fruit picking.
They are often used by house painters and the shorter versions are ideal for maintenance in and around the house for little jobs like changing a light bulb.
The feet have gripping claws built in. A rubber foot kit (pack of 3) is available as an extra.
The Henchman ladders are designed with your safety in mind. There is a handy top rail you can use to support yourself which you can also use to lean on if you are working with both hands and a handy platform to stand your tools on.
There is also a safety chain to stop the legs from spreading too far.
The waist working height is 1.8m and the shoulder working height is 2.2m.
This Henchman tripod ladder is very stable, even on sloping ground. The adjustable leg, with a wide footprint, means that the tripod ladder can be used on the roughest ground or the steepest slope (without wobbling) in complete safety.
You will be completely safe and comfortable working at the top of this tripod ladder even if you are afraid of normal ladders.
Henchman Professional Tripod Platform Ladders All of the Henchman professional tripod ladders have three fully adjustable legs with an 18 inch variation in height. This means they will be ideal for use on sloping ground and different levels like stairs.
The Henchman tripod ladders are made from quality aluminium and are fully welded to the appropriate British Standards. Henchman tripod ladders are made with your safety in mind.
The three adjustable legs (46cm (18” adjustment) enable the tripod ladder to be set so the top is level and remain stable. The single leg allows you to work in tight spaces and could even be placed inside the edge of a hedge to give you more reach on wider hedges.
The tripod ladders come in four different heights: 1.8m (6Ft), 2.4m (8ft), 3m (10ft) and 3.7m (12ft), and are suitable for many different jobs around the house and garden.
The tripod ladders are weight tested and will support a 150kg (23 stone) load safely.
The extra wide 7 inch platform rung enables the user to stand safely and comfortably while working. This allows you to lean against the top rail leaving both hands free to work.
All Henchman tripod ladders have a safety chain to stop the legs spreading too far apart and claw feet to stop the tripod ladder from sinking into the ground or slipping on the soil.
Sets of rubber feet (in packs of 3) are available for use on smooth surfaces and to protect carpet and wood flooring if the tripod ladders are used indoors.
The Henchman tripod ladder is very stable, even on sloping ground. The adjustable legs, with a wide footprint, means that the tripod ladder can be used on the roughest ground or the steepest slope (without wobbling) in complete safety.
You will be completely safe and comfortable working at the top of this tripod ladder even if you are afraid of normal ladders.
Protective Rubber Feet for Henchman Tripod Ladders
Although Henchman tripod ladders have non-slip claw feet there will be occasions where you want to use the tripod ladder on a smooth surface or indoors.
Henchman sells sets of rubber feet (in packs of three) for their professional range of tripod ladders. They will stop the built in claws from slipping and protect surfaces such as carpets and wood flooring.
One of those jobs. You either hate it or you love it. Trimming the hedges and shrubs. The best ladder for cutting hedges needs to be strong and very safe.
Sure you could simply stand on top of your dustbin , wobble about on the small lid, bend the lid and risk falling off, but that’s not really ideal, especially when you’ve got hedge cutters in your hands. Here we outline the ladders you need, and the obvious reason for using safe ladders.
The best ladder for cutting hedges are adjustable leg professional tripod ladders. These garden ladders account for outdoor gardening work. They will be 1: lightweight, 2: have adjustable legs, 3: have a safe platform, 4: have a grab rail to hold on to, 5: three points of contact ideally. Brands include “Henchman”, “Henrys”, “BPS Access Solutions” and “Ladders Online”.
Let’s discuss ladder safety “real quick” and then move on.
The health and safety executive explain that falls from ladders account for as much as 40% of all the “falls from heights” statistics.
They also state (here for reference) that if you are to be physically on a leaning ladder for more than 30 minutes at a time then a ladder shouldn’t be the way to go (scaffolding would be better). So take regular breaks.
So if you are going to cut your hedges 2 to 3 times a year then you should hire out good quality tripod ladders or invest in some ladders that will stand strong for many years.
What are the main points to consider when buying hedge cutting ladders?
Uneven ground – not every garden is super flat so you need to adjust at least one leg to account for this.
Different heights – hedges and shrubs don’t all grow at the same height
Safety – your life is in your hands when up ladders with sharp tools in hand – allow for “3 points of contact”
Storage – The physical size of these ladders means you need to have a large enough space to house them.
Rubber feet – consider purchasing extra rubber feet that can slip over the bottom, for when working on hard surfaces for extra grip.
Weight – while not a deal breaker, the lighter the better. This makes each job so much easier.
Durability – due to the size you might be storing these outside when not in use – so rust-proof ladders are a must
Why bother with uneven ground?
Every garden is different, there will be small bumps, hollows and undulations. If your ladder leg is in one of these it can all end in disaster as you come tumbling down, hedge cutters in hand. Simply put the ladders just won’t be very stable.
You could wedge a piece of wood or garden sleeper under one leg, if you really want to. But honestly do you think it’s a good idea because I’m not sure I’d agree with you if so?
Ladders are going to last many long years, so it certainly pays to get something safe.
SIDE NOTE: Have you seen Laddergrips?
These appear to be a product that will last for tens of years and certainly help make a set of ladders “stick” to a surface as opposed to be simply just resting against a wall etc.
There will always be new brands cropping up, cheap foreign brands trying to get into the market at a cheaper price, but if you care about safety then consider some of the brands that already have a good reputation.
BPS Access Solutions and
The best thing you can do is to look at lots of Tripod ladders online over on the Amazon website (click here to see the full list). Remember to find ones with good ratings and as many of the features above as possible to fit in with your budget.
What size ladder do you need to buy?
Naturally it depends on the size of each job, so try to think about the jobs you might use. Remember you won’t be stood right on the top of your ladders. You will want to keep a few rungs down for safety reasons, but you will have the added arm reach height, and the extra reach from the hedge cutters.
Choosing the right ladders depends on the type of ladders you are getting. For this writeup we are naturally discussing Tripod ladders which are far more stable than other forms of ladders like extension ladders or step ladders.
Typical step ladders would involve you standing no higher than 2 rungs down from the top step, and we suggest you adopt a similar strategy wherever possible, but with Tripod ladders it’s important that you have the adequate safety measures in “up there at the top end”.
So ultimately choose some that have a safety rail and a solid platform to stand on if you are to stand right at the top. Some premium models also have a safety rope you can close behind you while up there so you are fully “locked in” to the top platform (but sadly most platform ladders do not have this).
What price will it cost you?
The old saying of you get what you pay is especially true.
Expect to pay anywhere from £150 to £200 for basic lightweight tripod ladders. You won’t always get all 3 legs adjustable, it might only be one leg that adjusts. You might not also get a platform or places to place tools, but maybe you can live without these, especially if your work is literally going up the ladder for 5 to 20 minutes then back down, and moving the ladders along, in which case a platform isn’t really necessary.
You can literally move upwards in price to £500+ for taller ladders and ladders that have more features.
What’s wrong with normal ladders you might ask. The simple answer is safety. 3 legs is better than two. Each leg is independent, whereas with a normal ladder it’s just two feet fixed to each other with a ladder rung.
With a normal ladder you are 1: relying on the ground being even, 2: having to lean against the hedge. This doesn’t give you the room to reach forward with your cutters safely, instead you have to lean back, look up and reach up and try to balance while hoping for the best.
With tripod ladders all that is taken away. You can put your body at the right height so you simply hold the cutters out and cut. If there is a grab rail you can lean against it. With a tripod ladder you get the extra stability that this gives as well.
How easy are tripod ladders to use?
Really easy and easy to move. The light weight makes it easy to move, and the adjustable legs are easy to adjust.
First of all they are light enough to carry (most of them for most purposes are anyway).
Get to the appropriate place by walking with the ladders under one arm (you can put your arm through one of the gaps).
Open out the third leg and make sure everything is locked in place and level for the ground.
Don’t forget rubber feet if on a hard surface.
Prepare your tools with the right fuel and start them running if petrol and don’t overload yourself.
Ensure your steps are free from any wires or branches that could affect your steps.
Make sure you have the right eye, ear and hand protection on.
Climb to the cutting area slowly and make sure you are happy with your position and position before you start the actual cutting.
When cutting, make sure there is nobody around the base of the ladders in case you drop any tools.
Try to ensure that the cut material doesn’t fall directly onto the steps as you will need a safe passage down when getting off the ladders.
Don’t over-reach. It’s not worth it. Far safer to go down and move the ladders along another metre.
Can they go in the back of your van?
This does depend on the size of the van. A 1.8 metre set of tripod ladders will be 1.8 metres long and as much as 1 metre wide at the base. The third leg will fold in so it’s literally a flat set of ladders that is narrow at the top and arched out at the bottom. So this would represent an internal space of 6 feet long inside the back of your van and a metre wide or high (for the 1.8 metre set). You could opt for roof mounted ladder clamps as an alternative.
Other close alternatives
If a Tripod ladder is really not your thing then a normal folding step ladder is better than a standard ladder. it provides some stability but is not ideal on uneven ground. It also stores away easier than tripod ladders. If your ground is straight then these are a good second consideration.
We particularly like these BPS ones for their versatility:
Or for ladders with a bit more versatility, telescopic ladders will be a good compromise and can be used for lots of other tasks too, but the safety aspect will not be 100% geared up for hedge work. We reviewed 10 of the best telescopic ladders here if interested.
However you decide to cut hedges is your choice. Many people make do with simple step ladders, but without a doubt, the best ladder for cutting hedges is a Tripod ladder set. More so important is that you choose a set with adjustable feet that can be adjusted up or down to ensure the ladder stays firm when your garden is not level or flat.
Tripod ladders can be put really close to the work area too, as the single third leg can be placed really close to the shrubs / hedge, and often you can slip the leg covertly inside the hedge (if there are gaps), to get you right up to the work.
The main take away from this is that you do give consideration to your safety. Thousands of people are injured from falls every year, and several have sadly died from even small falls.
I have personally witnessed friends using hedge cutters who didn’t take the right safety advice (and wear head protection hard hats) and cut their head when pulling the cutters backwards. I’ve also personally had a several “near misses” while using normal step ladders in my garden, hence the reason why I looked at these ladders.
Hunting down the best telescopic ladder, and staying safe…
So, if you are wanting to buy ladders then we have done the testing. Whether it is a multi purpose ladder, and extendable ladder, telescopic ladder or outdoor garden ladder then please scroll down, read our ladder reviews and see for yourself which ones hit the mark for safety, price and performance!
What are telescopic ladders?
Quite simply they are ladders that can change length by extending outward or inward to make them larger or smaller. If you can find versatile muiltipurpose ladders then this makes them really good for lots of different things. This also makes them some of the best telescopic ladders on the market. Read our best telescopic ladder reviews to find the best.
No need for short step ladders to clean the windows and large ladders to reach the roof of your house.
With telescopic ladders you can take a small compact ladder and extend it out so it is able to reach high areas.
Almost any kind of ladder can be classed as a telescoping ladder. As long as some adjustment can be made then they can be called telescopic ladders.
Our telescopic ladder review outlined on this page aims to show you what is out there and which is the BEST of the stuff that’s out there.
Step ladders – provide you with a safe way to reach higher maybe 1 or 2 feet in height. perfect fopr reaching high shelves or painting ceilings. You can find step ladders that give different heights. With them being self supporting too, they don’t need to be leant against a wall
Multipurpose ladders – really these are specially designed advanced ladders that perform a wide range of duties. They can act as step ladders, extension ladders, and can fold up likle other single use loadder types. If a ladder can perform more than 2 or 3 duties of other ladders then you can say it is multipurpose.
Folding ladders – fold down when not in use making their storage far easier. Inside a van or car, or garden shed for example.
Telescoping extension ladders – two small ladders couple together. One of them slides upwards along the other ladder and hooks on to any one of it’s rungs, so that the ladders length can effectively double in length. Good for homes and travels well in a van.
Which ladders do you need?
For ladders that reach up to upper household windows then telescoping extension ladders would be the best answer for you. They can be a variety of lengths when not being used and can extend to a variety of lengths too.
If you need ladders but don’t want them stored outside in plain view then folding ladders would be a good fit. They can fold to fit inside a shed, car boot, van or pantry with ease.
If however you like the idea of ladders that can be used on stairways, reaching rooftops or other high places then multipurpose ladders are the way to go.
Stair ladders fall under the guise of multipurpose ladders or even folding ladders. Normal step ladders wouldn’t work as they would be off balance. The ladder steps on the upper step need to be shorter than the legs of the ladder at the bottom of the stairs.
Need more adjustment on each ladder leg? Brands such as little giant ladders allow each and every single ladder leg to be adjusted (great for uneven surfaces, as outdoor ladders or garden ladders for example).
If you are only ever going to need to reach up a little bit then normal step ladders will be good enough (to reach to change a lightbulb for example). They are self supporting and can be easily moved around anywhere without needing a wall or something else to lean against.
Note that most ladders nowadays are made from lightweight Aluminium (and some now from even lighter fibreglass) however ladders of yesteryear were generally made out of wood.
Some of the toughest ladders are light in weight and can outperform most other ladders(see the little giant revolution XE video below to see what I mean).
Which are the best ladders?
This really does come down to what is best for YOU, and of course what you think you will need them for the most. This buying guide is here to help.
My own personal preference (not those of my fellow workers here at 10 Warriors mind!) is for a multipurpose ladder that covers lot’s of different things.
Nowadays there are some amazing ladders on the market.
Some of them can reach as high as 5 metres or more and even come complete with a safety cage on top for when you are working.
Best telescopic ladder reviews
So we come to the crunch. We had to think really hard about how to categorize and choose each of the ladders in question.
The truth is that it was very hard because there are a lot of really great ladders on the market at the moment.
We did find out favourite top 10 best ladders, and chose a favourite. At the same time however we wanted to let you know what we thought were the laders that made it as the best for multi use, best for small steps etc and so on, so let’s take a look at those.
Best Long Ladders
We looked at 4 sets of ladders in this category and found that one stood out. We saw some 4, 5 and 6m telescopic ladders but our favourites that stood out were these strong and sturdy set that reaches up to 8.6 metres. It’s name is the Lewis 3-section Aluminium ladders.
Best multipurpose ladders
My own favourite here is the ergonomically designed Little Giant 5 Rung Revolution XE. Already mentioned this above, and the usual American promotional videos do help to showcase what it can do. Great for stairs.. working 90 degrees right up close to a wall, high up a house, as step ladders and so much more. There are also several optional extras for these ladders like a paint tray that clips on (*and its non stick so you can peel the dry paint out when done). Brilliant for home improvement and many other tasks around the home. Some of the best telescopic ladders for the widest variety of uses.
Best step ladders
We also wanted to mention that the ladders that fit this category best are also great safety ladders in so much as their is an upper safety rail included in this 4 step step ladders set. See this the heavy duty home discount 4 step step ladders built to tough safety standards!
Best telescopic compact ladders
We love these ladders as they can extend right up to 5 metres, yet fold down to almost nothing when stored away. How great are these with their superb compact design! Check out these finether 5 metre telescopic folding ladders.
Best garden ladders
With all the uneven surfaces in a garden it’s important that safety is taken care of more so than ever before. We chose these tripod ladders as you can adjust the legs to fit uneven surfaces. Take a look at thee huge 3.6 metre outdoor ladders (smaller sizes also available).
Best escape ladders
If you live in a 2nd floor (3 storey) floor flat or upstairs space it might be one of the best investments you could ever make. A simple 7.6 metre fire escape ladder that folds down and can be popped under a bed if ever needed. Take a look for yourself.
Best ladders uk wide
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Our Best Telescopic Ladder Review
There are so many really good ladders around and we really wanted to pick about 6 of them as the best but we had to choose just one (well, two actually!)
Our First recommendation is this best multi purpose ladder uk users would love :
These ladders are actually our favourite set of ladders out of the “many” we looked at and tested. Of course all of the 10 in this list are “fantastic” and all of them deserved the number 1 position. Not all of us picked this set to be our favourite but the majority of us did.
So, let’s take a good look at these ultra lightweight telescopic ladders.
Little Giant ladders are a US based company who have dominated the late night “infomercial” slots usually reserved for the dark hours of the night (the kind of times when fitness equipment is sold on tv). Their promotional messages have showcased the benefits.
For 99% of jobs these ladders are perfect.
As you can see in the picture above, you can have each side of the ladder at different lengths / heights, so this makes them great for stairways while making the job far far safer at the same time.
The bad news
They aren’t the “very best” for outdoor garden use (although are pretty fantastic) as you cannot adjust each individual leg. However for most situations they are brilliant.
Value for money?
It depends on what you consider value for money. These are not cheap ladders but they are really really good. With them costing on average between £300 and £400 they do need to be something super special.
Thankfully they are REALLY good.
20% lighter than most ladders
Use them in many different environments and situations.
Adjust each side for stairways, or when working close to a wall (safely!)
Quick adjustment of the heights with their “Rock locks”
Legs that flare out at the sides to make the ladders incredibly stable during use (unmatched stability)
Aerospace grade Aluminium construction
Easy to move around with the tip and glide wheels at the base
The Revolution XE is made using the latest litewave aerospace technology So it’s ultra-strong while remaining light and portable.
Max Step height: 3.35m,
closed height: 2.01m
These are our most loved ladders despite the price tag. They are not 100% the perfect ladders for everything in so much as you cannot adjust each leg to a different height but for the rest, they are great.
Tall heights, stairways, outdoors, loft access and so much more.
Our favourite ladders
Adjust each side independently
Great for being upright on a safe platform on stairways
Adjust each side so you can work flat up against a wall if needed (other ladders inadvertently move you away from where you are working the higher you go up!)
Each foot can NOT be adjusted meaning they are not the best for uneven surfaces such as a garden.
This ladder set is a great and well priced multipurpose set of ladders from Abbey ladders.
New Platforms with improved under rung latches & new safety stopper to prevent platform movement.
Features stabilizers for added stability.
Enjoys an easy to use ‘click & lock’ hinge system.Take a look.
9 % thicker sides than most competitors models for added safety.
Collapsible (can fold down) making it easy to transport and store.
In the closed position it measures: 1.24m
The platform height is: 1.24m
The step ladder position has a height of : 2.3m
The extension ladder length is: 4.7m
The ladders weight is: 20.5kg
A great set of ladders that does a wide variety of things.
Superbly priced and many uses.
The platform heigh cannot be adjusted. It is a 1.24 metre height platform. It’s still fine for many things such as ceiling work but this limitation can be a problem if the height you need is different.
“The reach on these ladders, combined with their safe features makes this set one of the BEST Telescopic ladder sets money can buy”
Reaching a full 7.11 metres, it’s a no frills, good solid safe set of telescoping extension ladders.
It can safely handle up to 23 stone in weight.
One of the tallest telescopic ladder products in this review.
As one of the more popular models, it has an extra wide stabiliser bar at the foot that increases the stability of the ladders making you feel safer when scaling high areas. Also features sturdy nonslip end caps on either end.
It measures a touch over 3 metres in length (when closed) so will fit inside most mid sized vans such as Transit, Vivaro etc. or you can pop them onto a roof rack if you need to use them at various locations.
For the home they can simply stay at your property and be shackled to a chain and padlock on the wall when not in use. Perfect for clearing out your gutters, reaching upper windows and accessing the roof. Take a look.
Features of these ladders:
Super long extendable ladders – great for reaching high spaces without fancy extras thanks to the telescopic extension sections.
Has an integral stabiliser bar that gives a far greater footprint and therefore unparalleled stability when compared to others on the market – a superb safety feature which we feel every ladder should have.
With safety in mind, these are EN131 tested and certified (Trade & DIY use) for your safety and reassurance. Lightweight “alloy” construction for ease of use, but very strong – with a massive weight rating of 150kg (23.5 stone).
Unique auto-locking “wrap around” clamps fitted to lock ladder sections firmly in place for added safety and peace of mind when climbing. These same clamps secure the ladder closed for safe and easy transportation.
Heavy duty contoured non-slip feet fitted on all sections top and bottom to maximise grip on both the floor and the wall the ladder is resting against.
For the PERFECT quality hard working set of ladders you need. The ELT-330 3 section ladders are simply great extending ladders that extend to over 6.85 metres in length so plenty of room to reach all hard to reach areas.
Lyte Ladders have been producing ladders for more than 70 years. Their ladders have been used all over the world, in TV movies and even played a part iin the 1953 Mount Everest summit climb by Sir Edmund Hilary when they scaled across a crevass. It is believed that ladder is still there today!
When closed the ladder height is 2.92 metres.
Weight is 18.5 kg
Heavy duty and hard wearing telescopic extension ladders.
Light and strong, great for reaching all areas, gutters etc.
Can buy an optional V stand off to fit around pipework on the side of your house
Compact and easy to store away when not in use
Ours did not come with any packaging when delivered
When we conducted this finether telescopic ladder review we were almost all on total agreement about these collapsible ladders. Some of us here believe that these are the best telescopic ladders money can buy. When not in use these Finether 3.8m ladders are small enough to go in the boot of a car and extend to a whopping height (close to 4 metres) making them great for indoor use to access the loft or for outdoor use to access high places!
MADE TO LAST: This heavy duty telescopic ladder is built using tough aluminum alloy. It has a sturdy frame and slip-resistant rungs for supporting weight up to 330 lbs (150 kg) and is resistant to corrosion and rust
EXTENSION AND RETRACTION DESIGN: Specially designed rungs can be extended or retracted with ease
SAFE AND RELIABLE: double couplings on every rung guarantee your hands in right position to avoid pinching; bottom caps on the feet can avoid tipping over
PORTABLE AND CONVENIENT: lightweight and compact size, easy to transport and store; a heavy duty securing strap secures the ladder firmly and with the grip handle, you can easy to carry the ladder with one hand. Great to store and transport.
ECO-FRIENDLY: it’s qualified with the EN131 certificate for safe materials, environmentally-friendly and high performance
Tough, strong and portable. What’s not to love?
Extending the ladders is a doddle.
Easily fit’s in a car boot
Extends to almost 4 metres, great for loft access, reaching windows etc.
You MUST watch your fingers in between the rungs when closing as they snap shut and could pinch
Perfect for the professional outdoor user or for the home user who wants good quality strong and stable stuff. These ladders fit the bill brilliantly. It is a tripod shaped frame with a telescopic 3rd leg and makes for brilliant use outdoors where uneven ground surfaces no longer pose a problem.
FANTASTIC outdoor tripod ladders
Very sturdy, great build quality
One of the best rated telescopic ladder products in this list
Perfect for hedges, tree pruning and so much more
TIP! – Pop the 3rd leg inside a hedge and get really close to the work
They don’t really fold down as such so a little bit of space will be needed for storage (garage would be fine).
Absolutely awesome tripod ladders- evidently top quality BUILD once you use them plus they are perfectly safe and easy to handle and climb up. I have spent many hours already up my new tripod with my chainsaws cutting branches galore. I am still alive and feel safe at all times. You can alter the angle of tripod leg for all surfaces depending on degree of slope…. super!!!Stephen G Shaw's Amazon Review
Looking for the best money can buy? Starting from £450, Hecnhman ladders are completely adjustable in a multitude of ways, completely safe and won’t fall over. They support you on all 4 sides when you are atop the platform with bars you can really lean hard against and a safety rope behind you.
Super sturdy, super strong, incredibly robust.
Ideal for cutting hedges up to 14ft 6in (5.31m)
Lightweight aluminium platform
Work with confidence from a fully enclosed platform
Get more done in less time
These ladders are used by some of the largest authorities in the Uk, various Universities, the National Trust and many more. Trusted by professionals.
Handy and easy to carry around. This ladder brace free-standing ladder support base is made from a solid compound. We never thought we would like this product so much but it really does make a difference. Well worth the money.
Here we have what appears to be an unusual anti slip system. A metal “hoop” so to speak with 4 rubber mats on it that you can fold over (like a keyring hoop on your house keys). When laid flat, you could have it with two mats on either side for a nice anti-slip surface, alternatively, for uneven surfacs simply fold another mat over to even things out.
If you are storing ladders in a garage, the best way is to secure them to a wall. For complete safety it is best advised to store ladders by ensuring there are support hooks spaced out every 2 metres along the length of the ladder. This is to prevent sagging of the ladders (and fatiguing the metal).
You can read more about ladder storage here at the Canadian centre for Occupational health and safety
The ladder association
Safety is key when using ladders. If you own a company you need to visit the ladder association website to see how to access various training courses to keep you compliant with legislation.
With the amount of research and testing that went into this writeup we feel that each and every one of the ladders shown here are amongst the safest ladders around. We work hard to immediately filter out the bad ones and then sift through the rest to make sure they all pass stringent safety tests, do not wobble, help to keep you safe and have plenty of safety features.
How do telescopic ladders work?
The main way they work is through sectional metal that fits tightly inside larger and larger metal tubular sections. A little like a pull out telescope that you would see pirates using on their ships when looking out for other pirate ships.
The materials used are incredibly strong and benefit from toughened joints and safety locking mechanisms unique to each manufacturer that prevent closure or collapse accidentally.
Usually you can pull the ladders up and stop where needed. Then they lock into position. Then repeat for the 2nd side of the ladder (if being used as a step ladder). To close you usually have to release locks. Sometimes a lift up lever, or two spring loaded locks have to be pushed outward. This releases the locks and allows the ladders to collapse or close. Just watch where your hands are placed so as to avoid pinching while closing.
Are telescopic ladders any good?
You can decide for yourself. I think that anything that innovates and improves over an older long standing design, and brings REAL genuine benefits can only be a good thing. Ladders of yesteryear would be made from wood and a fixed length, and sometimes heavy too. Nowadays ladders can fold down to fit inside a car boot and be very light in weight. I call that a good thing.
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