OK I have and am a fan of the little giant as I have a few of them. I am getting tired of lugging those heavy things up 2 and 3 flights of stairs just to pop into a scuttle hole. So I am looking to pick up a LIGHT Weight 6 footer, any suggestions?
Same here. I use my big ladder mostly around my own house, occasionally on job site. Were I buying today, I would opt for the heavy duty Extend and Climb model, perhaps the 15 ft. Great for narrow stairs, hallways and closet scuttlehole accesses.
The extend ladders ( I will look up the brands that I have read have issues)will hopefully be off the market on day or re-engineered with a stricter safety standard…
They are problematic.
The self closing auto-locks look like they have entered the key or pathway to the latch but in reality they are not locked, and do not self-lock when extending the ladder. Even a visual inspection does not guarantee success. the latch itself or the acceptors entrance gets clogged up with grit, gumming, grim, dirt, and restricts the auto-lock from doing its job.
I say stay clear of these systems ( do not know about the brand names ) and read-up on the potential safety hazards.
They have rounded feet, not allowing for anchoring into loam or earth and if you are on a slope they can slip. On any flat nonabrasive surface they can be problematic if you are a novice at using ladders… ( my opinion )
They are not that light in comparison to a normal 2 stage track ladder.
Peter, what was bulky or cumbersome about the ladder? I use the 1800W and don’t find an issue at all. Fits easily in the trunk of my Caddy. I wonder what the difference is between the 1800W and the 1800EP.
For those that buy a telescopic ladder without ever having used one, do yourself a favor and READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. I can almost guarantee that you will pinch a finger or hand if you don’t. We always tell our clients to read the manuals and instructions, yet we don’t seem to follow the same directions…
The 17 LG is a Little Giant. They have earned a safety standard.
Ladder safety is no laughing matter and to be taken quite seriously.
Ever year home inspectors are hospitalized or die unnecessarily.
This is a serious matter.
1,2,3 approach must be taken.
1: Safety education: easily learned through CSST , your local fire-hall, or government or OSHA website.
2: Maintenance: Ladder maintenance and periodical visual and mechanical inspections.
Technical exhaustive evaluation performed on ladders for ware of moving and non moving parts.
3:Repair or replacement:
Links. OSHA:ladder guidelines, OSHA approved rung spacing requirements. Wikipedia LADDER Ladder safety Ladder usage: Safely handling ladders.
Lets make InterNACHI inspection safety a priority for us all.