I was at Target this weekend and they have this 12' tall collapsing ladder
by the brand "UP-UP". Very light and easy to carry. I extended about 6
feet of it leaned it against a shelf and stepped on the first rung trying to
get a feel how sturdy it is and a store clerk came running to me and asked
me to step down as "it's not safe".
So there is no easy way to test out this ladder. It is easy to carry which
is a big plus and takes up hardly any space.
It's priced at $99.99 (or so I thought) but searching on Target's website
it's priced at $199.99...so it could be the price on the shelf was
mislabeled...I am not sure.
Anyone has any experience (good or bad) on these collapsable aluminum
I have one similar to what you describe,but not that brand. I don't
remember what brand it actually is. It has four sections, each about 3'.
It can be opened to make a 6' step ladder or extended all the way to a
12'. I've only used it a couple of times (actually turned out to be just
a little short for where I had intended to use it), but it seems to be
satifactory. FWIW, I weigh about 145 lb, so I don't need a real heavy
duty. I got mine at a pawn shop (looked nearly new) for I think about
$80. Personanlly, I wouldn't give $200 for one, Shop around! Larry
I know the kind you are talking about. The one I am referring to is not the
same. Yours can be configured into different types, the one I am referring
to you can collapse each rung individually, here is a pic of one:
Wow! Never even seen one like that before. If no one else jumps in with
any experience with one then it looks like you get to be the "field
tester". If you do get one, or a chance to try one better before you
buy, let us know what you think. Thanks Larry
I've been considering buying one to use for HVAC work, but havn't gotten
one, yet. The one time I got to use it, it was as stable and as sturdy as a
regular ladder. Nice, that it gives you adjustable length.
Friend of mine has something like that. We used it to climb into the attic
hatch of his house, and spread some insulation. I wasn't sure it would work,
but it did the job. I'm well over 200 pounds weight, so I was probably
outside the weight capacity of the device.
I have a 15' Extend and Climb brand. It is a little on the heavy side, but
very solid and sturdy. One thing is that you can't lean the vertical tubes
against anything as they could deform and screw up the collapse function.
You must lean a rung against a surface. Telesteps is another brand which is
cheaper. Take a look on Ebay.
Take a look at Little Giant ladders. I have a number of ladders, but
find that the Model 17 Little Giant is the most sturdy, and I believe
safest of the lot.
I have seen a lot of home inspectoers using this type of ladder. I asked a
few how they liked it and they were very happy with them. Im not sure what
brand they have. Remember you can buy the Target ladder and return it if you
don't like it. If you stand on the ladder for extended periods make sure the
rungs are wide enough to be comfortable on your feet.
The pricing is likely because Target is dumping this particular item.
A couple of years ago I bought several similar ladders from Target for
They won't last long at $99.
They serve their purpose well.
I've tried various types including a folding ladder, but my favorite is
an aluminum 16' extension ladder (2 8' sections). Very light and handy
as long as you have something to lean it against.
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My fave, too, and very versatile! Mine I got from my father, who must
have bought it at a yard sale as it has someone else's name on it. I
use that thing frequently, but I also am happy I have my 32 ft.
extension ladder for the upper regions of the house.
My limited experience with them tells me they come in two flavors.
One is a little less sturdy than standard and a little heavier. The
other is more sturdy than standard ladders, and a lot heavier. If you
don't need the other features (folding, odd configurations etc.) then
stick with standard designs.
One thing I noticed when I lived in Europe for a few years is that all
the stepladders were made with steps on both sides. Not like American
ladders where you could only climb one side.
I'm not sure if they did that to simplify manufacturing or for
convenience in use, but I like it a lot. You never had to swing a
ladder around because the screws were on the other side, you could get
two people changing one lightbulb, etc.
Do they make any US stepladders like that?
Yes, they do, but they are not the norm. There's one that bends to all
sorts of combinations that I would like to get. But just for the common
ladder, I agree with you that making them with steps only on one side is
dumb. PLUS, the other side of the ladder is much weaker and lighter and
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