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Does anyone have an opinion as to a safety comparison of this type of "traditional" extension ladder, vs. something like a Little Giant or Gorilla or Warner Convertible ladder?

My impression is that the convertible ladders look safer because they have a flared base and top, that I assume would create stability. But I'm not sure if that's actually the case, or that's just an impression I have.

I need a 20-ft plus ladder for some home maintenance tasks, and while I'm happy to spend more to increase my safety when I'm off the ground, I don't want to waste money.
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Does anyone have an opinion as to a safety comparison of this type of "traditional" extension ladder, vs. something like a Little Giant or Gorilla or Warner Convertible ladder?

My impression is that the convertible ladders look safer because they have a flared base and top, that I assume would create stability. But I'm not sure if that's actually the case, or that's just an impression I have.

I need a 20-ft plus ladder for some home maintenance tasks, and while I'm happy to spend more to increase my safety when I'm off the ground, I don't want to waste money.
Those Little Giant/Gorilla/etc type ladders are insanely difficult to handle around when fully extended, and I only have the ~20 ft model, I can't really imagine being able to handle a 28' equivalent well at all.

This ladder will be much easier to control and the little flippy feet at the base should help with stability. I know the Giant ladders look more stable at the top, but I'm not sure if they actually help.

One thing to know though, is these type 2 ladders only have a 225lb weight capacity, while I think the Little Giant and similar ones are usually 300+.
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28' Type 2 - would not want to be on that fully extended.
Wow, good catch. Was seriously considering it before reading that. 200lb man + tool belt = too close for comfort on a 25' high ladder rated for only 225 lbs...
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Those Little Giant/Gorilla/etc type ladders are insanely difficult to handle around when fully extended, and I only have the ~20 ft model, I can't really imagine being able to handle a 28' equivalent well at all.

This ladder will be much easier to control and the little flippy feet at the base should help with stability. I know the Giant ladders look more stable at the top, but I'm not sure if they actually help.

One thing to know though, is these type 2 ladders only have a 225lb weight capacity, while I think the Little Giant and similar ones are usually 300+.
Yeah, this inexpensive extension ladder is only a type 2 with a 225lbs limit, but there are plenty of options for sturdier ones without going to the cumbersomeness of an all-in-one like the Little Giant. With the hinge flex of those in the smaller sizes, a 28' one would scare the crap out of me.
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Does anyone have an opinion as to a safety comparison of this type of "traditional" extension ladder, vs. something like a Little Giant or Gorilla or Warner Convertible ladder?

My impression is that the convertible ladders look safer because they have a flared base and top, that I assume would create stability. But I'm not sure if that's actually the case, or that's just an impression I have.

I need a 20-ft plus ladder for some home maintenance tasks, and while I'm happy to spend more to increase my safety when I'm off the ground, I don't want to waste money.
The convertible ladders are for someone that has one ladder for all jobs, but only shines when using on steps, or terrain that resembles steps. If you use a convertible ladder as a step ladder and even with D style rungs, the rungs are narrow like an extension ladder and not only uncomfortable for long term, but like an extension ladder, your balance while working with your hands will come from leaning against the ladder that at the top steps, is not there.

That said, if you only plan to have one ladder, the versatile convertible 1A rating ladder may be for you and for that type, one that has adjustable legs like the Little Giant is the winner. They are a little awkward to stand up when extended, but so is an extension ladder if there is a window or something fragile you need to get past... you have to extend it as well on the ground, or as some will do with an extension ladder, holding/balancing vertically while extending with the rope. Often alone, I simply put the feet against the wall and walk the already extended ladder up with my hands from the other end and then pull the bottom out for proper lean.

When I was a kid, there were a lot of wood ladders and some of them were three section 60' .... now, those were heavy.

Now, if I were going to buy an extension ladder, it would be a fiberglass model that helps to protect you from any live wires and even electrical shorts from tools, etc. Comparing apples to apples, there is not much weight difference by ratings.... a decent 1A aluminum ladder is not light, while this model is a Type 2. A family member has 3 pins in one ankle from a Type 2 that you have to consider the 225lb rating includes materials, tools and of course, pushing on a tool. The old rule of thumb that there is a 2 to 1 safety margin is nonsense today. I am not saying they are going to break at 226lb, but the ratings are there for a reason. On commercial jobs, or with OSHA, 1A rating of 300lbs is the minimum in many areas for a valid reason.

If you are going to spend time on a roof, buy a ladder long enough that you have 3 or 4 feet above the edge. You can get up there easily enough with a shorter ladder, but think about coming down... do you want to lay on your belly by the edge while your feet are blindly searching for the first rung? The taller ladder gives you something to grab and balance while stepping onto the ladder.

Hope that helps... and stay safe.

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Does anyone have an opinion as to a safety comparison of this type of "traditional" extension ladder, vs. something like a Little Giant or Gorilla or Warner Convertible ladder?

My impression is that the convertible ladders look safer because they have a flared base and top, that I assume would create stability. But I'm not sure if that's actually the case, or that's just an impression I have.

I need a 20-ft plus ladder for some home maintenance tasks, and while I'm happy to spend more to increase my safety when I'm off the ground, I don't want to waste money.
I have a 25' Werner convertible and it is crazy heavy. Getting it up against a wall at full extension is a pain no matter how you do it. I've used it a ton but I'm probably going to buy an extension ladder so I don't have to wrestle with it for gutters and roof work.
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Had a 26" Gorilla convertible ladder and great in the V-shape and a few other random things but HEAVY as all f (about 53lbs") and while sturdy you can forget about trying to extend that thing all the way out and move it around by yourself. We sold it after a year and are now buying this one - weighs 43lbs, about 20% less. Fiberglass will run you more weight than Aluminum so was a no-go for me. Main use is reaching 2nd floor gutters a few times a year.
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Extension ladders are sized by adding up the lengths of their individual sections. This ladder is made of two 14' sections, thus it is called a 28' ladder even though it is actually 25' tall when fully extended due to the sections overlapping.

The specs show the "reach" of this ladder to be 27', but that is a fuzzy number made with assumptions.
Exactly. That's how it's been forever with extension ladders. You will not reach a window 28' up with a 28' extension ladder and live to tell about it.
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Those Little Giant/Gorilla/etc type ladders are insanely difficult to handle around when fully extended, and I only have the ~20 ft model, I can't really imagine being able to handle a 28' equivalent well at all.

This ladder will be much easier to control and the little flippy feet at the base should help with stability. I know the Giant ladders look more stable at the top, but I'm not sure if they actually help.

One thing to know though, is these type 2 ladders only have a 225lb weight capacity, while I think the Little Giant and similar ones are usually 300+.
I agree.. I had to go up the side of house 15' with the Warner 22' multi ladder and it was sketchy and hard to handle . I'm looking for a deal on a extension ladder for the next time my siding decides to blow off.
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These stabilizers are almost a necessity:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CBILQ
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It's easier to just buy one on eBay for $2. It's simple to do.
I thought Lowes coupon no longer works online. I know Lowes disable online redemption few months back.
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