I seem to be doing nothing but hedge cutting this time of year and I've just landed another job which involves 4-5 days of work for two of us cutting established yew topiary hedging. So, the time has come to invest in a tripod ladder. I have used a 16' Henchman and 8' Niwaki and have to say I prefer the practicality of the Henchman's 3 adjustable legs and "crow's nest" platform. For these reasons I am drawn towards the Henchman. I am aware of other brands that offer 3 adjustable legs, but lack the platform.
So, which Henchman? I think the 12" should cover what I need, ideally I'd have a 6" one too, but no budget for that as well! The 16' I had use of was from their 'standard' range and seemed to built adequately enough for trade use, is the professional option worth the extra money and weight increase? The standard 12' is £475, the professional is £525. I know it's only £50, but it's already a lot for a ladder!
I think I have made my mind up, but it would be good to hear from anyone that has used both the standard and pro models and see what they think. I'm still not completely against another brand, so if anyone has used both a Henchman and another manufacturer's and could recommend another, then I'd be interested to hear their views too.