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Tripod ladder size


Does anyone else carry the tripod ladders on the roof of a small van? I am currently looking to get a tripod ladder and wanted the 10ft but it seems as if it is actually wider than the top of my combo van, the 8ft would fit. Also I was going to go with the henchman platform tripod but I see Hendon/workware do the adjustable leg version without the platform for £100 less, anyone have any preferences or experience with them?



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  • PRO

    You might find this recent thread useful:


    tripod ladder
    I'm looking to buy a tripod but wondered how much more useful 3 adjustable legs are over one ?  I work in relarively hilly w dorset.    Many thanks  
    • PRO

      I have a very small van , smaller than a berlingo in length . I get a henchman on top with no rear overhang , it was impossible to secure using ladder clamps but found some short cam straps online as recommended by another LJ member which are perfect and can now position the ladders anywhere on the roofbars securely but you might have different roofbars . The Three adjustable legs are a game changer when it come to access and safety , I would never cut a tall hedge again using my previous method . 

      Make sure you padlock a henchman to your roofbars otherwise its a sitting duck if you leave your vehicle unattended , I use british standard motorcycle chain and lock . 

      • PRO

        Thanks John that's good to know. Which size do you have?



  • PRO

    I use the 16ft and 8ft henchmans, the adjustable legs are a god send they give nearly another couple of foot in height when fully extended and come into their own when on uneven ground. The top platform makes them so safe to work from as you are fully supported when lent from the top and it makes it very comfortable to work from. So for my tenpenneth these make the henchmans more than worth the extrra cost.

    • PRO

      Thanks, looks like I will be going for the henchman.


  • PRO

    James, I have the 8ft Henchman (single leg adjustment) which fits fine width and length wise on the top of a Berlingo. I chose specifically for the wide top step to stand on rather than perching on a rung. The dimensions across the legs (bottom rung side) on the Hencham website state it as 1.3m and the 10ft 1.5m so there is not much in it. I had a look at mine today and allthough the 10ft would overhang the top of the van when on the roof bars, it is no wider than the width of vans back doors at rear light height as my van curves in a lot at the top so no risk of catching cyclists etc!

    One thing I wish.... I had purchased the 3 adjustable legged version as Im never on level ground, and perhaps the 10ft would have been more useful on the majoritory of my domestic garden hedge work alongside a 6ft for the everyday up and down jobs. The only downside is the space they take up when not in use

    • PRO

      Thanks for all the information. Yes I was stuck between if the 10ft would be that much more useful or if the 8ft would cover most situations. I have had another look at the van and the 8ft would definitely fit a lot better, top of van is 1.3m although roof bars are 1.4m I was hoping to leave the ladder locked up on the van most of the time as I've run out of storage space! I've definitely outgrown my little van but I need it to last another year.


  • For allround domestic I'd get the 8ft. The 10 is a big awkward ladder to use. 

    • PRO


      I have ordered and 8ft Henchman, looking forward to feeling a bit more stable after nearly falling off my normal steps a couple of times last year!


  • PRO

    My father was 92 back in October and I took him to Bourton-on-the-Water for lunch along with my wife.

    I spent a few minutes sitting on a bench watching two guys with a pair of Henchman steps set up in the middle of the River Windrush trimming an overhanging tree, 

    Despite the challenging location they achieved an admirable job.


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