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Ladder Recommendations

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by ads1, 27 Jan 2021.

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    Hi All,
    Previously I have borrowed my dads ladder for cleaning gutter etc. It's an old wooden one with metal rungs and is quite stable, but feel there are better out there now.

    Decided that it's probably a good time to buy my own since moving in to a new property.
    This house has a couple of Gables too, but don't think I will be going up that high anyway.

    Can anyone recommend a good, safe, stable ladder to reach gutters on a 2 story house for occasional use. Either 2 or 3 section, although 3 section may be better for storage.

    Many thanks
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    Thanks for the links useful advise.
    I can't decide between a 3m tripple or a 3.5m tripple I'll have a look at the lyte ladders. cheers
     
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    I have been looking at other advise on this site and others other the past few days and have narrowed it down to 3 ladders.
    Lyte NELT 335 = £229.98
    https://www.toolstation.com/lyte-trade-extension-ladder/p94769

    TB Davis 1102-39 = £214.80
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/TB-Davies-Professional-Aluminium-Stabiliser/dp/B07C3YVTJZ

    Zarges Everest 3DE = £206
    https://www.ffx.co.uk/product/Get/Z...st-3De-3-Part-Extension-Ladder-D-Rungs-3-X-12

    I've decided on the 3.5M ladder as I don't want to find I don't have enough reach on the odd occasion that I may need to go higher than the gutter. I have also managed to measure the height of the gutter with my laser measurer, and it's 5m, so equating for the 75 degree angle gives a ladder length of 5.2m so a extended length of 6.2m minimum for the gutter height.

    Anyone got any experience of these ladders, there is not much difference in price and would rather get a better ladder if it is worth the extra.

    Many thanks
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    Lidl has a ladder just now... not amazing but not a bad one at that.
     
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    Thanks I did see that one but it's not big enough to reach my gutters.
     
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    A suitable double ladder will be long enough to reach over the gutters and will give you longer individual ladders for smaller jobs. The wider base is OK but won't necessarily stop slipping, and is less easily to store. The shorter three part ladder is obviously an advantage if your lashing it to a van roof.

    I bought ladders from Midland ladders, better customer service and good range to choose from. There are plenty of other independent suppliers, but your suppliers all seem fine.

    Minimum 150kg capacity, but at 25 kg is quite heavy to handle especially at full extension.

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    Thanks for the advice. I have been thinking more about this and I have a couple of high-ish trees which will need pruning too. So now considering a combination ladder so that I only have one to store.
    Anyone have any experience with these types, specifically the Werner Extension Plus ladders? https://www.wernerco.com/eu/combination-ladders/725Series/7253518

    Many thanks
     
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    Definitely go for D-shaped rungs. They are so much more comfy than round ones and you will notice it much more than you think you would. I bought the Lyte ELT335 which reaches my eaves with plenty to spare. It's very sturdy and although it's not light by any means, it is still manageable.
     
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    Sorry Blup, your post seems to have vanished.
    Still looking at one of those combi type ladders as it seems to tick all the boxes for a DIYer, plus only one ladder to store.
     
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    Thanks for the info, good to know the Lyte one seems good. Just looking at a combi so I can prune some tall olive trees as well which are about 4-4.5m tall.
     
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    The combination ladders are only really useful as a step ladder on a level floor ie concrete. If you want a safe step ladder in the garden, you need an adjustable tripod ladder.
     
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    Thanks for the info, just seems like I'm going to end up with about 4 ladders at this rate. :)
    The olive trees I need to prune are in a bed surrounded by block paving so may be ok. What are the combi ladders like at full extension? Would a dedicated 3 section extension ladder be more sturdy, or is there not a huge difference?
     
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    I've lost count, but I must have atleast a dozen different ladders, and counting! (that is for home and semi professional use)

    The combination ladders are usually just a "normal" extension ladder with a few extra catches
     
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