Ladders needed and stuck on which ones are best for me, help!!:)

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  1. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    #1 Scottie, Oct 20, 2014
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    Well, I need your expertise on a decision to choose a good safe ladder within a price range of £115 pounds.

    I have had some great advice so far but I have found a few and will list them below. I also would be so grateful for your tips if you have any ladder in mind that would best suit me to do my window cleaning jobs.

    I do have some specifications, one that it fits in to my car and that being 2.5 meter max when ladders are closed up. This will save me money setting up roof rack etc etc and money is tight setting up and I did not expect to be getting ladderhttp://www.diy.com/departments/abru-aluminium-triple-extension-ladder-h47m/30372_BQ.prds, it is only after being sensible and taking you guys off here advice given to me.

    So I hope you can check out the ladders below and let me no what one you feel is best for me or if you have any in mind within my size range. I am not also sure what size I need to get to the upstairs window as that is all I need to go hight wise.

    http://www.midlandladders.com/products/Triple_2_5m_8ft2_Trade_Light_Industrial_Ladder-21-7.html

    Also found these(updated link)
    http://www.tool-net.co.uk/p-349690/lyte-elt325.html?gclid=CIjQ6Oz1usECFbHHtAod3UoABw

    Thank you so much, this is my last purchase and then I can start, but I wanted to ask here as it is the place that will give me best advice and advice I can trust as it is from people whom do the same job.
     
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  2. boarcity

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    the 1 st on your list the Abru triple was my very first ladder. i too carried it inside my car . i loved that ladder and did almost a year with it . downsides about it- the wind catches it a lot,on windy days it feels scarey on the Abru.
    After i upgraded to proper trade ladders i held onto the Abru as a backup but i never used it and later sold it .
    i prefer trade doubles for a variety of reasons.
     
  3. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Thanks for that advice, I did notice the bnq ones did nto say trade and trade is what I need.

    Are the other two any good, would you recommend them? Or do you no of any others in that size of max 2.5 closed that will do me.

    Cheers Boarcity. Really want to nail what ladders I need today and get them:) fitting them in car is essential to me at present. Updated the link on the last pair of ladders
     
  4. boarcity

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    id think at 2.5 metres you might have a job getting them inside a focus , unless you remove the seats . i had my Abru triple 2.0 inside a Fiat Brava hatch and needed to remove the front passenger seat. Abru triple is a trade ladder,well it was when i got it ,i remember it said trade on it somewhere.
    id measure the room in my car if was you
     
  5. rjacandwc

    rjacandwc Well-Known Member
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    I Use the Abru trade 4.7 3 Sec ladder and have done for the whole 4 years I have been Window Cleaning. They are excellent for the price etc. Every year I have purchased a new set. I now have four sets of ladders dotted around town and I also have two other ladders I use. I use a trolley now and then and do 99.9% of my round on foot. No fuel costs.

    One tip is to wait until Homebase, Argos or B&Q have a 25% weekend. I managed to get every purchased ladder for under a £100

    There is also a difference in ladders that people need to look out for. There is a D.I.Y version and a trade version...

    I am constantly looking for a ladder small, compact when down and reaches a good extension. Have not found anything yet. With a car you could try the link below. These look pretty good and sturdy... I tried a Tele ladder. These are not long enough..

    With the Abru I would suggest the stand off too. This will get you closer to the odd window over a porch etc.

    Centaure do a Sectional Ladder which would fit into a car nicely. I like the look of this ladder. Although never used it...

    http://www.ladders4sale.co.uk/Centaure-N-ECH-Window-Cleaner-Ladders-200.asp
     
  6. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Hi, thanks for the advice, I will measure it all now, just my unger pole is 2.5 meter and it fits in to the footwell and has a little room with boot shut. So 2.5 in length is fine, but the ladders are bigger in mass, I would have the back seats down and the front seat right laying down, shoud be ok I would think..... If anyone knows of any ladders that will fit a focus hatch 2001 let me no, trade ladder.

    Thank you. I am just waiting to find a ladder thats recommended and fits then I am on the go with window cleaning. HELP!!!! lol

    p.s what is the height minimum I need for ladders to do upstair windows. You say you had a 2.0m ladder Boarcity, what did that exend to? That would fit in a focus one that size, but would it be tall enough for what I need.
     
  7. boarcity

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    that Abru triple 2metre youve mentioned will do all the normal houses . i cant remember what it extends out to but itll reach all the normal window stuff but wont reach gutters

    as you intend to carry your ladders inside your car,id think that this Abru is likely the only ladder suitable.
    A double 2.5 metre wont be long enough for normal houses , you need 3 metres and over if its a double ladder and 3 metres defo wont go inside a car. if my memories right you can buy Abru ladders in BnQ so best you go in there and put one on your shoulder see how it feels.
     
  8. norm

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    if you are vertically challenged :rolleyes: i would go for 8 rung triple
    and if your a big boy extra reach wont be a problem with slightly smaller ladder
     
  9. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Cheers Norm.

    Wel after much thought and the help of rjacandwc and boarcity I am going to buy my first ladders http://www.diy.com/departments/abru-aluminium-triple-extension-ladder-h47m/30372_BQ.prd

    These seem fine for me and I will get the stand off and also foot the ladder as I am new to it I want to ease myself in and feel safe. Thank you all for your help and I will make sure they have the BN131 on it, but this ladder in link is the right trade ladder and if its good enough for boarcity and rjcandwc to use then its good enough for me as these guys know there stuff.

    Not bad at £114 - I think this will do me until i make some money and get a bigger set or I may even stick with these. Thank you.
     
  10. boarcity

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    i just had a look at your link above Scottie , i wrote one of the BnQ reviews of the ladder ,4 yrs ago !!under the name Artie8Ward . [who was a character in The Sweeney ].

    time flies doesnt it!
     
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