One significant drawback is that heavier people may go over that weight limit, either on their own or once they get loaded with tools. This ladder also has a limited availability compared with the D and currently takes about a month to ship to a local Home Depot or Lowe’s, where it costs about $20 to $30 less than our pick. All things considered, we decided that stepping up to the 300-pound rating simply makes more sense. These can be convenient to have, but they’re not designated step ladders, so none offer the safety of the platform step or the tool holding convenience of the Select Step’s tool tray. The rung locks are typically much more user-friendly on the Select Step. When compared with a regular extension ladder, they have a lot less length adjustability and they tend to flex more. We didn’t test this ladder, but it appears to have very little to differentiate it from our Werner pick.
Plus, they catch fire quickly, posing a risk to the workers. Most buyer guides will advise customers to check on the longevity of the product. For a ladder to be long lasting, it has to withstand weight, pressure, the weather, and other unfavorable conditions. If you work under hot areas, the oxidized layer has non-toxic properties. This proves them to be the safest option so far compared to the other types of ladders. Aluminum ladders are rust free, even with prolonged exposure to wet or damp areas. While most metals rust with exposure to water or moisture, aluminum reacts differently. When it comes into contact with water, it oxidizes forming aluminum oxide.
Extension posts provide safer, easier access through roof access hatches. Ships ladders are designed for a fixed, permanent installation utilizing Alaco heavy-duty aluminum brackets. Constructed of special aircraft-grade alloy that makes it 20% lighter than any comparable industrial-rated ladder. Plus the Tip & Glide™ wheels make for easy transport from job to job. Ace welcomes your feedback, comments, and suggestions regarding the Beta Test Program and potential improvements to the Beta Test Program (collectively, “Feedback”). Ace may use such Feedback, without restriction, to improve or modify the Beta Test Program and Ace’s other products and services. Accordingly, without payment or further consideration to you, you hereby assign to Ace all rights, including copyright and other intellectual property rights, in and to the Feedback. You agree that Ace is under no duty to use your Feedback or keep your Feedback confidential. Certain product categories and brands are not eligible for promotional discounts or coupons. Some brands have pricing policies that restrict the prices that Ace may sell or advertise their products.
Lightweight Aluminum Ladder is a great alternative to the heavy, hard to use traditional stepladder. The unique and innovative design features an oversized top step for extreme comfort and stability when climbing or standing. The lightweight aluminum design is deceptively durable and strong, weighing under 12-pounds but featuring an ANSI Type 1 Duty Rating (250 lb. capacity). The convenient built-in project top is perfect for holding tools, hardware and other materials while you are working. The innovative design allows for one-handed set-up and folding, making it much quicker and easier to use and move than a standard ladder. For added stability, this model comes with large non-slip non-marring feet to keep it in place and will make you feel safe and comfortable getting to those hard to reach places. Rubbermaid products aim to simplify everyday life with consumer and commercial products that touch millions of people every day where they work, live and play.
First off, each side of the ladder can extend and lock at various lengths, so you can use this single ladder as a 5-, 6-, 7-, or 8-foot stepladder. Because each pair of legs adjusts independently, this ladder can lean flush against a wall or stand on a stairway or incline, two positions a basic stepladder can’t accommodate. The Select Step also comes with a single platform step at the top, plus an extending work tray that you can use as a handhold while standing on the higher steps. The tray has a magnetic area , as well as places for extension cords, hand tools, and a can of paint. Last, the legs splay out at the bottom, giving the ladder a level of stability not found in other 6-foot stepladders. The GLF-5X is a 5.5-foot ladder with the reach of a 6-foot ladder. Gorilla accomplishes that by putting the steps at the same height and lowering the top of the ladder, and thus the tool tray, by 6 inches. This lower tool tray is an inconvenience, but only a slight one.
And when 12 feet of fiberglass is the only thing standing between you and getting the job done, it helps to have a partner as committed to the work as you are. Since the 1940s, Precision has been producing superior, commercial-grade, industrial-strength access products. Precision Ladders specializes in light-weight, low-maintenance, and high-strength aluminum products. While these products may be more familiar in commercial and industrial applications, they are also very common in many residential applications (both single-family and multi-family). These products are customized for the job requirements and always built to comply with the appropriate OSHA Code and/or ANSI Safety Standard. All Alaco Ladders are built to exacting specifications by skilled craftsmen for optimum safety and performance. Ladders and components are fabricated from aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, steel, hand-selected choice hardwoods, and fiberglass and meet or exceed OSHA and ANSI standards. Alaco Ladders also have a generous 5 Year Limited Warranty. We should, however, take the maintenance of aerial ladders seriously, because there’s a lot more riding on those rungs and rails besides a roof ladder, an ax, and a pike pole-you are!
The weight ratings are according to safety regulations by the government. Since ladders are moving around all the it only makes sense to purchase one that is lightweight. Aluminum ladders are by far lighter than fiberglass ones. The fiberglass ladders are so heavy because of their density. There’s one primary rule if you decide to use a lean-against ladder, which is called a 4 to 1 rule. For every 4 feet of height where the ladder rests against the structure, the base of the ladder should be 1 foot away. So, if you’re 24 feet up, the base of the ladder should be at least 6 feet away from the building.
All of our products are custom made to order specifically for you! Please review our limited return policy before ordering. If you hang your ladder for storage, place a hook every 6 feet to prevent warping. Lightweight ladders are much easier to move—plain and simple. Aluminum ladders are among the lightest options, with some weighing as little as 20 pounds. Fiberglass options tip the scale at around 50 pounds and may require a bit of heavy lifting. The King Kombo Fiberglass ladder from Little Giant is a heavy-duty ladder with a Type 1AA load rating of 375 pounds.
In fact, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on this exact ladder. The feet of the D have nonslip textured rubber grips for use on hard, flat surfaces. When you set up the ladder on a lawn or other soft surface, you can pivot the feet so that the claw end faces downward, ready for you to dig it into the ground for a better grip. We found that both setups are successful and very stable. The utility bucket easily held a bottle of Windex, a roll of paper towels, a cordless drill, a prybar, a hammer, and a handful of small, easy-to-lose aluminum storm window screws. Lastly, the GLF-5X model’s tool tray is on the small side, and Gorilla does not offer any add-on accessories such as a utility bucket. We tested similar accessories from Werner and found them to be fantastic for a variety of projects. The Gorilla ladder does appear to be compatible with third-party items such as the Rack-A-Tiers Ladder Mate (which we haven’t tested). We’ve continued to use the Gorilla GLF-5X for a number of indoor and outdoor tasks, as well as through a small renovation.
Fiberglass ladders won’t lose strength when they get hot, either. They are actually very heat resistant, while aluminum ladders become weaker due to heat. Another difference between the two is how they handle weather. An aluminum ladder is fairly resistant to weather, but a fiberglass ladder is even more resistant. In addition, fiberglass ladders are resistant to electricity, which means they are safer around power lines. Step ladders are great forgeneral work around the house. You can usually reach heights of 4-8ft above the ground, which works for a lot of repairs and projects. This ladder is much taller than a stepping stool, and has multiple steps. Price is a factor to consider when looking at ladder reviews. Aluminum ladders are by and large cheaper when compared to fiberglass ladders.
Alaco Ladders’ ease of installation, appearance and function lead to positive results for our closet customers, which in turn leads to more referrals for JL Closets. I have no hesitation recommending Alaco to anyone needing a ladder system because they offer a very solid product produced by a very professional company and staff. Alaco Ships and Folding Ladders use flat steps of varying widths – each chosen for a specific angle. Flat steps offer the best support when climbing at an angle. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Free delivery from store with qualifying online purchases of $50 or more. Product SpecificationsClick here to see the Safety Data Sheets for this product.
It has two sections that quickly fold up onto itself and be moved from location to location. When extended, the ladder makes an inverted V shape, with the two legs resting on the ground and joining together in a point at the top. Changing out lightbulbsprobably isn’t an issue, as long as you don’t directly touch the electric source. However, wear rubber-soled shoes while doing so, just for extra safety. This can make the task you are working on easier and also helps when loading and unloading whenmoving all of your tools from job-to-job. Both have their own advantages and depending on the plans you have for your ladder, you may want to choose one over the other. Only Alco-Lite Fire Ladder rungs can be quickly and simply removed at your location without the need for special tools or training. I just received our Alaco Ladder and I must say it is beautiful – great craftsmanship and nice design. It adds the perfect aesthetic and functionality to the loft above the kitchen in my Florida Keys-style bungalow. Ships Ladders are designed for a fixed, permanent installation utilizing Alaco heavy-duty aluminum brackets.
I have the 3-step ladder and I keep it tucked away next to my dryer. I needed something to reach my top shelf without always bugging my husband. You can use the top step on this ladder and have a hand hold. Our exceptionally sturdy 2-Step Wooden Stool can be compactly folded to mere inches and stored in a closet, pantry or laundry room. The top-truss design increases stability and load capacity and lends support to the rugged aluminum handrail. Like all of our waterfront equipment, our aluminum gangways are constructed of corrosion resistant, salt water tested aluminum alloys, and require minimal maintenance.