Stepping down to the Type I, 250-pound rating saves you just 5 pounds, and buying the same ladder but with an aluminum body saves you only about 3½ pounds. So although such minimal reductions add up, they don’t result in a featherweight ladder. Extension ladders are simply heavy, and sacrificing safety features to shave off a pound or three doesn’t make sense. Without the large platform steps, the FS106 supports only the arch of your foot (or the ball, depending on how you’re standing). You’re more likely to need to brace your knee against the top step, and you’ll have to be more careful shifting your feet or reaching down for tools. The FS106 offers a fine setup, but the GLF-5X simply gave us a much better feeling of comfort while we were working.
These incorporate Duo-Safety’s exclusive tongue and groove arrangement. This outstanding construction design holds the sections firmly and rigidly, without brackets, hooks, or obstructions of any kind. These compact ladders require a minimum of banking space – and have the extra advantage of being especially stable and rigid. The tensile strength exhibited by aluminum is over 30,000 pounds per square inch. Manufacturers can double up the strength by a rolling process. This means that its ability to carry weight is significantly higher than any other. They have high strength due to the alloy manufacturing process. This then makes them evidently stronger than any other materials.
I loved using this so much I had to know where purchased and bought for my home even though I don’t have 50ft ceilings. The companies I worked for have had a no AL ladder policy. They tell me it is just easier than worrying about when aluminum ladders could or could not be used, having to stock both types etc. That being said, a lot of places still have house-rules that forbid aluminum ladders. I think that’s also because a damaged aluminum ladder can kink and fail much more suddenly than a damaged fiberglass ladder might. For any normal step or extension ladder I would only buy a non-conductive ladder. Note that I call them non conductive and not insulated. They are not designed to be insulators or personal protection against shocks only to not be conductive.
Type 11 ladders also run in lengths of 3 to 20 feet long. They are used in more commercial applications like painters, interior decorators, maintenance workers, and electricians. Type II ladders are manufactured in wood, fiberglass, and aluminum and are commonly used for medium-duty use. Alaco Cages for fixed access ladders offer added safety for climbs higher than 20 feet. Made of the same aircraft-grade aluminum alloy as the ladders themselves, cages use 1/4” x 2” hoops riveted to seven 3/16” x 1-1/2” vertical bars for optimal structural stability. The Little Giant Velocity® is constructed of a special alloy that makes it 20 percent lighter than any comparable industrial-rated ladder. The Velocity also includes several innovative new features such as the dual-pin hinge and the easy-to-use Rock Locks™ for quick adjustment. The Velocity can be used in many unique configurations as an A-frame, extension, staircase and 90-degree ladder, and with Velocity Trestle Brackets to form a trestle-and-plank scaffolding system. The Velocity’s wide-flared legs and aerospace-grade aluminum construction provide an unmatched feeling of safety and stability.
Advantage of this ladder is that any of rungs can be replaced whenever required. Rungs made of corrugated aluminum pipes of 25 mm dia available in one hole and three holes type. High quality heavy duty steel construction and effortless moving wheels with super quality Aluminium section. And winch to reduce operation effortless and increase working stability. Just as important as choosing the correct ladder for the job, is the fact that you also need to pick the right accessories. Specialty ladders — such as the Little Giant ladder — can help to address those unique or dangerous situations that just can’t be safely done any other way. There is really no one perfect material for every situation. You need to choose the type of material that best matches the environment that your ladder will be used in and stored in. Without a ladder, your efforts may be fruitless when attempting to gain access to a hard-to-reach household problem area.
Product applications/uses include Rungs for rooftop access ladders, truck or emergency vehicle steps, covers over existing solid Ladder Rungs and more. Please consider loading, span, support and attachment needs for your project. We invite you to browse Ladder Rung applications in our Product and ApplicationGallery. Reduced weight equals more payload capacity for equipment and water. There is less wear and tear on engine transmissions, brakes, and tires. This contributes to reduced maintenance costs and extends the service life of the apparatus. Aluminum resists corrosion and will not rust like steel. Aluminum doesn’t need to be painted, saving thousands of dollars in repaints over the lifespan of the aerial ladder. Alumninum ladder rungs are typically extruded for a permanent nonslip surface.
The average homeowner will typically have a step-ladder for those jobs where you just need a little extra height and maybe an extension ladder to accommodate projects that are a bit higher up. Their durability gives them the added advantage of versatility and safety from hazards. With aluminum ladders, the weight is substantially reduced. The metal is lighter and easier to carry around compared to timber ladders. For hectic construction projects, this would be the best choice of ladders. Was working in a home with 50ft high ceilings and a lot of open space. Easy to move around and the additional two steps a help in added height.
With the additional stability of the platform steps, bending over a little more to grab a hammer isn’t a huge issue. While I’m on the top step, the tool tray comes to about 3 inches below my knee (I’m 6 feet 5 inches), whereas with a regular stepladder, the tray is firmly at my knee. Extension ladders lean against a house and are capable of reaching very tall heights. They are not self-supporting and so are ideal for tasks along the walls of a house or up on the roof, such as painting, window cleaning, siding repair, or roof repair. An extension ladder actually consists of two ladders, namely a fly section nested within a base section, both of identical length. With the use of a pulley system, you can extend the fly section upward and lock it at your desired height. I spent 10 years in high-end residential construction, and in that time I worked off countless ladders, from mini 4-foot stepladders to fully extended 40-foot extension ladders . Aqua-Stairs are all marine-grade 6063 T aluminum boat ladders, dock ladders, and pontoon ladders. The steps are made of textured plate aluminum to prevent slipping and are rolled and hemmed at the front providing a smooth edge to prevent cuts. The dock ladder models are hinged at the mounting brackets to allow the Aqua-Stairs boat dock ladder to be easily lifted out of the water for storage.
The Finger Pier Lift Ladder is an innovative, retractable ladder that only takes up 8” on the dock, which makes it ideal for use on narrower fixed docks and walkways. The Straight Swing Ladder is a classic innovation that allows you to swing the ladder completely above the dock when not in use. A locking pin mechanism locks ladder in either up or down positions. Our Window Cleaner’s Ladders have a Type 1 Duty Rating and a 250 pound load capacity. This unit includes non-skid rubber shoes, a flared base section and a solid cast fitting for increased rigidity and stability. With Alaco you can get the exact ladder customization you require at very competitive prices. Our customer service department is as comprehensive and complete as our product lines. Knowledgeable, factory-trained service personnel are always available to answer any questions, provide design assistance or technical support. Alaco also offers shop drawings, guide specifications and consultation to help make every project smooth and trouble-free. Bigger and taller are not always better, and stronger usually means heavier.