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Telescopic ladder experience?
« on: November 15, 2020, 09:10:57 pm »
I have some, having bought a 3.8m "Amazon Favourite" option. That experience was enough to know that they are bloody handy, and it is worth buying a decent one. The one I had got sent back to Amazon after one job, having failed to survive. There is a certain appeal in the idea of buying one whenever I need one for a job and sending it back broken after, but actually I respect ladders sufficiently to avoid that approach.

I can't find anything on Amazon outside of the hokey-mokey-3000 stuff. There's a YoungmanI can see for £130, that's a brand I trust but the lack of a stabiliser bar suggests it is the old model, or Screwfix have an Xtend & Climb for £180 is another option, I think (?) I have heard that they are good, but don't know them personally.

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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2020, 08:02:46 am »
I have some, having bought a 3.8m "Amazon Favourite" option. That experience was enough to know that they are bloody handy, and it is worth buying a decent one. The one I had got sent back to Amazon after one job, having failed to survive. There is a certain appeal in the idea of buying one whenever I need one for a job and sending it back broken after, but actually I respect ladders sufficiently to avoid that approach.

I can't find anything on Amazon outside of the hokey-mokey-3000 stuff. There's a YoungmanI can see for £130, that's a brand I trust but the lack of a stabiliser bar suggests it is the old model, or Screwfix have an Xtend & Climb for £180 is another option, I think (?) I have heard that they are good, but don't know them personally.

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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2020, 12:43:20 pm »
Zarges make a telescopic one rated to 150kg. I deffo trust them. I wouldn't trust a generic though.
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2020, 12:46:43 pm »
I have this one

https://www.midlandladders.com/Ladders/telescopic-ladders/youngman-3-2m-telescopic-ladder-p-1803

I've only used it a couple of times but it's really good. Nice clunk noise when the mechanism locks and a coloured indicator showing it has all locked into place. Stores nicely in the bike shed where a standard ladder doesn't fit. It's a lot heavier than a standard ladder but it feels nice and solid when in use.

There's a 3.8m on the same website as well for £165
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2020, 01:45:33 pm »
I bought six of them for my fitters to use on site in Italy.
One was confiscated by Italian customs on the return journey because "You're not allowed to put ladders in the hold of an aircraft". Yeah. Right. Enjoy all the DIY you're going to do with your new ladder.
Four of them have been stolen by people I work with.
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Leaving just the one.
They're of the type which can be deployed as an A-frame or straightened out to a much longer (around 4m) straight ladder.

Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2020, 02:03:44 pm »
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The more I looked into the more that it became clear that there were a number of decent makes out there, some £300+, but a number around the £200 mark including the Youngmans, the Zargas and the Xtend&Climb. It appears that Xtend&Climb have been in the game the longest and are widely respected. TB Davies ar ethe UK distributors, as an aside scroll down this page for a bit of a smile (hint: around Lightning latch).

The youngman "non-finger-pinch" setup meant that it was unnecessarily tall, Zargas was an option but the Screwfix deal at least £40 below list combined with the reputation pushed me towards that.  Chalk and cheese compared to the cheapie, larger section, more rigid, gives me a lot of confidence in it from the off.  One thing to note is that the stabiliser needs to be extended for use, which is likely a good thing, all in all.

Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2020, 03:26:27 pm »
Update: I've gone'an'bin'an'dunnit
an aside scroll down this page for a bit of a smile (hint: around Lightning latch).
I don't get it?

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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2020, 03:29:54 pm »
Update: I've gone'an'bin'an'dunnit

The more I looked into the more that it became clear that there were a number of decent makes out there, some £300+, but a number around the £200 mark including the Youngmans, the Zargas and the Xtend&Climb. It appears that Xtend&Climb have been in the game the longest and are widely respected. TB Davies ar ethe UK distributors, as an aside scroll down this page for a bit of a smile (hint: around Lightning latch).

The youngman "non-finger-pinch" setup meant that it was unnecessarily tall, Zargas was an option but the Screwfix deal at least £40 below list combined with the reputation pushed me towards that.  Chalk and cheese compared to the cheapie, larger section, more rigid, gives me a lot of confidence in it from the off.  One thing to note is that the stabiliser needs to be extended for use, which is likely a good thing, all in all.

I'm confused as to which one you went for?
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2020, 03:33:54 pm »
Update: I've gone'an'bin'an'dunnit
an aside scroll down this page for a bit of a smile (hint: around Lightning latch).
I don't get it?

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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2020, 03:36:18 pm »

I'm confused as to which one you went for?

Screwfix, xtend+climb

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an aside scroll down this page for a bit of a smile (hint: around Lightning latch).
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2020, 03:53:07 pm »
They're of the type which can be deployed as an A-frame or straightened out to a much longer (around 4m) straight ladder.

That sounds like just what I'm looking for. Do you have a link to it?
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2020, 04:24:15 pm »
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8649982?istCompanyId=a74d8886-5df9-4baa-b776-166b3bf9111c&istFeedId=30f62ea9-9626-4cac-97c8-9ff3921f8558&istItemId=ixwlimpiq&istBid=t&&cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59157%7cacid:804-872-0397%7ccid:9606242554%7cagid:98186037839%7ctid:aud-641224040337:pla-888533342107%7ccrid:424799278236%7cnw:g%7crnd:4862490080551896976%7cdvc:c%7cadp:%7cmt:%7cloc:1007216&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=9606242554&utm_term=8649982&utm_content=shopping&utm_custom1=98186037839&utm_custom2=804-872-0397&gclid=Cj0KCQiA48j9BRC-ARIsAMQu3WStcvqlinFJPoDNFyNJdp01AprzpneVwFRXTr5bWe6G-S9r77V9-YcaAulmEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

We have something very similar to this, manufactured by Abru. The example I've linked to isn't exactly the same, but we've had ours a long time so I suspect it has been redesigned.
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2020, 04:43:41 pm »
They're of the type which can be deployed as an A-frame or straightened out to a much longer (around 4m) straight ladder.

That sounds like just what I'm looking for. Do you have a link to it?
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2020, 12:37:34 pm »
Thanks.
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Re: Telescopic ladder experience?
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2020, 07:23:46 pm »
Thanks. Currently out of stock but I’ll keep looking.
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