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Tripod Ladders

 Currently in the market for the 3 leg adjustable tripod ladders. Trying to work out what's the best average height one people use. 

 Also any recommendations on brand to go with? 

 Will be picking a smaller set up and the very largest set.  Ideally need a NW stockist. 

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  • have a look at northen arb supplys you also have to considder how you are going to transport them to site as of the size 

    •  Have trailer and roof rack. Smaller ones will go inside the van. 

       Heard mixed reviews about northern arb. 

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        I went for a 12 ft henchman from Browns ladders . The rubber feet were included in the price . 

        I have found them to be adequate for most hedging jobs up to 14 ft and the leg adjustments always give good stability on uneven terrain . 

        I find them really good for doing a couple of pleached hedges where previously i struggled .

  • I have 12' tripod ladder, beautifully light, but I only use it for individual jobs where I need the height - such as solitary topiary. For all our hedges (8' - 10' tops) I use Henchman wheeled garden platforms.

    I have both Henchman platforms - the smaller (platform adjustable up to 5'), 5' long (Henchman site says you can cut 18' width ... I'm a bit sceptical on that, but I can definitely say that I am always pleasantly surprised how few times I have to move it along the length of the hedges, and it is stable to lean right over the ends), and also the bigger 6' platform which is 7' wide (and apparently allows cutting 20' each move). I find that much easier to get the top half cut (I don't use a pole hedge cutter), and the top itself, than a ladder - just walk along the platform with hedge cutter held at correct height :)

    I have the extension-kit on the larger one which takes platform up to 11' and use that to cut our 15' Pleach. It has outriggers for stability but is a bit wobbly at full height. At normal height both are rock steady, and to move just release the legs at one end, move along, drop the legs again and lift slightly then lock tight, takes very little time.

    It does Ikea-flatpack imitation, but it’s a fair bit of stuff to move around. Got mine 2nd hand off eBay ... not much on it that can deteriorate.


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  • I've used loads of ladders over the years but I still prefer my hailo ladder. Easy to store, easy load on my van, a lot easier to move around than a henchman and a lot more versatile.


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    •  Have similar already and certain big jobs I have find myself still using paving stones under one side and person holding it. 

      • I use the adjustment bar to level it and scaf boards on the tread side. Never got any one to hold it for me. Its a bit wobbly at the top but still stable. I never stand over the Apex. I've had it 12yrs years, it's never fallen over and I've not fallen off it. My model has 9 rungs and I comfortably cut 12ft hedges of it. Although I have replaced the rivits and pins with bolts after they sheared off. What ever works for you.

  • I've got 3 Henchman tripods: 8'; 12' and 16'. The 8' lives in the back of the van (transit SWB low roof) and I couldn't be without it. It is very manoeuverable and you can throw it around one handed. The 12' lives in the garage and comes out from time to time on certain jobs, more often in the autumn. Much more tricky to move around. The 16' lives on top of the garage and rarely comes out. Really it is a bit too awkward to use, but if I do need it I'm glad I've got it. So if I could only have one it would be the 8', if I had to lose one it would be the 16'.  I would definitely get Henchman again, though I've no experience of other makes. 

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