Ladder spurs

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  1. jono2209

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    #1 jono2209, Mar 26, 2014
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    Hi everyone, just a quick question regarding Ladder Spurs.

    I have just bought a new set of ladders from midland ladders and not been a big lover of ladders i have been looking at a few different safety features that are available and what would suit me best overall. By the looks of things what would be best for me are these spurs as they look small so would be easy to transport, connect to the ladder etc.

    So have any of you used these cheap ones http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ladder-St...6423?pt=UK_H_G_Ladders_RL&hash=item3cde696357

    or would the ones from easi dec that are double the price be a better bet? http://easi-dec.co.uk/m/products/ladder-spurs

    any help is appreciated.

    thanks

    or maybe even one of these two? -

    http://www.laddersafetysupplies.co.uk/laddermate.shtml

    http://www.laddersafetysupplies.co.uk/foot_the_ladder.shtml
     
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  2. boarcity

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    i personally like spikes . if you use ladders all day long are defo worth having fitted permanent

    those spurs looks ok if you only do a few jobs on ladders ,look too awkward for fulltime use to me
     
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    [​IMG] april 1st already?:)

    hi and welcome jono2209....as mentioned in a previous post, these great safety ideas i once held the patent on in the early eighties...so this brings back painful memories...i hadnt the money at the time to pursue the idea...the choice for me would be how long it takes to get them on and off,

    my device for the prevention of ladder slip, actually slotted right through the second rung and just folded out when needed and folded back in line with
    the ladder when not in use.

    sadly no
    manufacturer of ladders has done that to date....also of course had the same arrangement at the top to make a

    ladder standoff...still one day....in the mean time i await the wisdom of the forum to see what everyone else who maybe has used these devices thinks is the best....great question though jono2209
     
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    Thanks for the reply boarcity its appreciated.
    As for the ladder spikes, are they these?http://www.theladderman.co.uk/modules/catbuild/files/PairSideSpikescwbolts0202SP.htm
    if so then i am not sure that they would fit my ladder as it has these feet at the bottom http://www.midlandladders.com/products/Supagrip_Articulated_Feet-274-25.html
    i agree with what you said regarding the spurs been annoying for heavy use as i thought the same so would love to find something small, light but safe.

    And also thank you for the reply cheepncheerful, its also appreciated.
    First off, love the picture. its one way to show that a safety device works lol
    sorry to hear about the patent etc it sounds like the kind of device i am looking for instead of carrying a big lump of steel around all day lol hopefully in the future you will think of another great product and have the means to pursue it :)
    your comment above regarding how long it will take to connect etc is the main problem with some of the things that i have been loooking at, or they just seem too bulky/heavy.

    Thanks for the replies
     
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    have a ladder m8 doesnt connect to ladder but is a good job
     
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    #6 Smurf, Mar 26, 2014
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    It's a shame that nowone has developed your idea further cnc as sounds to be ideal solution for trade work
     
  7. boarcity

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    #7 boarcity, Mar 26, 2014
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    those spikes look ok, you could also make your own from a strip of hardened steel that would last forever then.

    re-those articulated feet,somebody told me on a different forum they nearly had a fall when those feet lost grip.he then unbolted the feet and fitted spikes that he had had fitted to his previous ladder .
    Always remember that rubber feet have zero grip if the ground is damp wet or dusty - this is where spikes come into their own by "digging in " thru to the surface proper
    i once had a bad fall after rubber mats i was using lost grip - shortly afterwards i did my own research and was shocked to learn rubber is useless in damp /wet /dusty conditions.

    a simple device iv seen online that looks good is ladderm8trix , certainly the vids supporting it look good [on a block of ice no less] , unfortunately you have to remember to carry it along with you , the very day you couldnt be bothered is the day an accident would likely happen

    a couple of years ago i chanced upon a windie with a small homemade [wooden] device that hooked onto top surface of window sills and it slid up n down the ladder rails with a thin rope to pull it . i didnt take a closer look and could kick myself as i now realize it would be a solution to ladder slip
     
  8. jono2209

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    Thanks for the reply boarcity,
    I suppose that the spikes would be a good bet due to there size and weight but if the ladder slipped would they catch on concrete?
    i totally agree with the rubber slipping part, thats why i have been reluctant to use ladders after one slipping a few years back. but now our round is getting bigger i have no choice but to use them
    The matrix device does look good ile give it that and has quite a few good reviews.

    and thanks norm the ladder mate does look decent but is it heavy to carry around? and can i be used on slopes etc? as most of our work is domestic so its in and out of gardens none stop.

    thanks for the replies.
     
  9. boarcity

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    spikes catch in the smallest of crevice,5 mm crack , if i know the ground conditions are dodgey i take my time to find a crevice/edge to put a spike into before i climb . they grip well on concrete ,as a knife edge of sorts
    i used to work alone and under pressure too and used my ladder+ spikes thru 2 winters on ice/snow with no problems . these days ive workers and theyd foot the ladder in those conditions
     
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    The spikes sound like a worth while investment and what better review than from someone that uses them daily ^^.
    thanks for the help and advice from all its very much appreciated.

    I will buy the spikes. and also get the ladder mate for jobs that look a bit dodgey. i can always leave it in the vehicle until needed.

    Thanks again everyone, and i look forward to joining in on the forums :)
     
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