All the way up – why invest in a telescoping ladder
A telescoping ladder can easily be described as an improved version of the extension ladder. Unlike the traditional ladders, these types of ladders are fitted with innovative technology and versatile designs to help do-it-yourself enthusiasts and professional contractors reach higher places safely. A significant similarity, however, between telescoping ladders and traditional ladders is that they are both designed to access the highest points. How they do this is the main difference. Telescopic ladders are meant to reach great heights when extended and to fit in small sizes when they are retracted.
Most of the telescopic ladders in the market are also designed with safety features. It is not uncommon to find tab locking indicators that are colored to show when each tab is locked. The Xtend & Climb 785P, for example, has red and green indicators, with the green indicator showing when each step is well-locked to ensure you can use the ladder safely.
Step vs telescoping ladder
The step ladder is perhaps the most commonly used ladder thanks to its versatility. Unlike other types of ladders, the step ladder requires no surface, tree or even wall to support it as it can stand on its own. Whether you want to climb the center of the room or an open field, the step ladder is something you can rely on. It also comes in a number of forms including the twin sided, single sided, foldable step ladder and the multi-position ladder. A key benefit of step ladders is its multi-purpose use, where you can not only use them in your house, in your compound and even in construction sites.
Telescoping ladders, on the other hand, are known for their sleek design and ability to perform various functions. Think of it as a multi-function type of ladder that allows you to conduct different jobs with the same ladder. There are a number of striking similarities between these two types of ladders such as the materials used, strength and durability. Some advantages, however, that telescoping ladders have include the ability to retract, easy to use, easy to carry and safety features that they offer to users.
Safe and sound
Safety is one of the primary features that most users care about when shopping for any ladder. After all, you will be climbing high places and this can quickly turn into a dangerous situation if you get the wrong tool for the job. Safety is a primary feature for almost all telescoping ladder with each company making different provisions to enhance and ensure the safety of their clients. The Cosco SmartClose Telescopic Ladder, for example, has a smart close feature that prevents the pinching of fingers while also ensuring that the ladder is stable when extended. This is a great reason why you should choose telescoping ladders over all the others.
Features to consider while buying the best telescoping ladder
Selecting the best telescoping ladder depends on your needs but it will ultimately determine whether you will have a pleasant time using the tool. It is thus important to review and understand each feature of the telescoping ladders before purchasing your next ladders. Here, we will outline some of the important features to consider before choosing a telescoping ladder and its importance.
The material of your telescoping ladder is not simply a feature that accentuates the beauty of your ladder. Trust us, it contributes to a lot more. For example, the weight of your telescoping ladder is likely to be determined by the material that you choose. Since portability is also an important consideration, you probably want to choose a telescoping ladder made of aluminum alloy or fiberglass. Also, the material will also determine whether your ladder will need a lot of maintenance. Aluminum has been found to be non-corrosive and that is why a significant number (if not all) telescoping ladder are made with the material.
Size is not mostly of concern when it comes to telescoping ladders since one of the main reasons for choosing this type of ladder is to have a smaller size ladder. With this regard is the size of the ladder when extending and the size of the ladder when it retracts. The Werner MT-22 Telescopic Ladder was found to have the most desirable size with an extended height of 22 feet and can also retract to some desirable inches. This will ensure that the ladder is convenient at the workplace and you can also fit it easily in your truck.
The importance of weight can also not be understated. No one wants to carry a bulky ladder as the job you are about to do is equally tiring. You also want something that your partner at home can easily carry or use. With this regard, it is important to check the weight of each ladder before purchase. While some models such as the Luisladders Oshion are quite bulky at 43lbs, there are equally lighter telescoping ladders such as the Telesteps 1600E that weighs 23lbs.
Load capacity of the telescoping ladders did not vary much with most of the ladders having a maximum weight capacity of 300 to 330 lbs. The Luisladders Oshion stands out in this regard since it has a 4 way combination system that allows two people to use the ladder. Always keep in mind that you will climb the ladder with a load and it is important to also factor this in. Most telescoping ladders will have a general load capacity of about 300lbs but you will need to look a little further if you need more weight capacity.
Safety is one of the main feature that has been reviewed for each ladder. Almost all telescoping ladders reviewed have different safety features. For example, the Costco smartclose ladder has a system that prevents the pinching of fingers when you are using the ladder. The Xtend & Climb 785P, on the other hand, has red and green indicators to determine whether the rungs are well locked. It is also important to check whether your desired telescoping ladder is fitted with some non-slip material to prevent accidents. The OSHA and ANSI standards can help you determine the safest telescoping ladder.
Feet construction and Steps
A good telescoping ladder puts in a considerable amount of detail in feet construction and steps. You probably want a ladder that is fitted with slip resistant material at the feet steps. You also want a telescoping ladder that can be easily extended to a greater height if need be. In this regard, your best bet would be the Werner MT-22 Telescopic Ladder, which has some great extended height capabilities. To ensure that the ladder can offer maximum support, the ends of the ladder are flared to give you the confidence you need when climbing high areas.
Perhaps one of the main reason for choosing a telescoping ladder instead of the other different types of ladders. Portability should always be on your mind when out shopping for a telescoping ladder. Choose a ladder that can easily be retracted and carried around. Portability will ultimately depend on the weight of the ladder and the ability to retract. Whether you have the space in your trunk or garage, you will appreciate the importance of a portable ladder once you experience it.
Ease of use
You may need a telescoping ladder to accomplish some difficult tasks and it is not in order to also have a complicated telescoping ladder that makes the work even harder. This is one of the main reasons why you need to choose a ladder that is easy to understand and use. Although you want a ladder with lots of features, it is also important to consider how easy it will be to use all those features. For example, the Werner MT-22 has some spring loaded J locks and soft touch knobs to assist you adjust the height quickly.