Little Giant Velocity 24' Extension Ladder
Without question our all time favorite ladder is the Little Giant Select Step (our review here). You can set it up on stairs, position it right up against a wall, or just utilize it as a standard 5,6, 7, or 8 foot step ladder. It's kinda heavy, but the innovation contained within is more than enough to off-set that.
And the good news is that the company has turned their attention towards the standard extension ladder. Just the other day we got word of something called the Little Giant Velocity 24' Extension Ladder. After a quick run-down of the features it's looking like Little Giant has solved many of the irritations associated with using a large extension ladder.
Most importantly, the pulley system is positioned off to the side, beyond the rungs. This means a few things to the user. For one, you don't have to worry about getting tangled in the rope while on the ladder. But even better than that is the fact that, because it's now on the side, there is more room to work with so Little Giant has added an additional pulley which translates into (according to the manufacturer) 60% less force needed to lift the extension. Sounds pretty sweet.
Little Giant also says that the ladder is lighter than the norm because it is made with their special fiberglass composite material. We checked the Home Depot site and the product weight of the Velocity is 44 lbs and the similar light weight Werner ladder tips the scales at 45.7 lbs. So we're not sure how much difference that is going to make (assuming the HD numbers are correct).
There are also a few useful reminders on the ladder, particularly for homeowners who may not use an extension ladder that often. The top three rungs are painted red to serve as a "do not step" indicator as well as to show how may rungs must be above the roofline if you're going to step off onto the roof. The ladder also has markings indicating where and how to hold it while you move it around.
Another big plus to the ladder is the price. It's only $200 which is about $80 less than the similar Werner (they're both 1A rated for 300lbs).
So yeah, this looks like a really nice ladder at a great price. We scanned the customer comments at Home Depot and it seems that there has been some issues with the red paint on the top rungs rubbing right off on clothing, so there's that. But compared to the ease of the pulley mechanism and the cost of the item, that's a sacrifice probably worth making.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 18, 2014 9:00 AM