The telescoping ladder is a multi-use tool designed to safely convert to a variety of different working heights and locations. This style of ladder is an effective response to the continuing call for ladders that are light-weight, safe to use, sturdy and versatile. The competitive market for multipurpose telescopic ladders has given the consumer a surplus of choices that are well designed and affordable.
Some telescopic ladders, like the Xtend & Climb 785P, are retracting versions of the traditional Ladder and withdraw within themselves for compact storage and easy transport. Others, like the Werner MT-22, are readily adjustable versions of the time-honored scaffolding ladder that form a wide, stable base no matter what height they are adjusted to. For these modern multi-ladders the telescoping ladder is a feature that adds to their resourcefulness.
The Xtend & Climb 785P
The Xtend & Climb 785P is the tallest of the telescoping ladders available from Core Distribution out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a Type 1 (250 lb capacity) aluminum ladder that extends to a height of 15 ½ feet and retracts to a compact 3 feet long. It extends and locks by the foot and uses a color coded locking tab system to ensure safe operation. An angled release closure scheme insures hand safety during adjusting and positioning. The Xtend & Climb 785P weighs only 36 pounds and with the integrated handle and sturdy closure strap is easily transported, even for long distances or over rough terrain. A carry case is available that makes transporting the ladder all the more effortless.
The Werner MT-22
The Werner MT-22 is a Type 1A (300 lb capacity) telescoping ladder and multi-ladder available from Werner Co. out of Greenville, Pennsylvania. It easily converts to 28 positions or working heights and can be used as a step ladder, stair ladder, extension or telescoping and scaffolding ladder. Soft push knob locking hinges are utilized for adjusting positions and angles. As an extension ladder the Werner MT-22 telescopes in one foot increments to a maximum height of 19 feet using a J-hook system to safely lock it into place. The base of the Werner Ladder MT-22 features slip-resistant feet and a wide flared shape for firm support. Smooth, curved rails make for comfortable climbing. A stabilizer, steel platform and two different levelers are available to increase safety and versatility. The Werner MT-22 Ladder has a shipping weight of 47 pounds.
Both the Xtend & Climb 785P and the Werner MT-22 are fine, well manufactured examples of the modern telescoping ladder. The Xtend & Climb 785P is a true telescopic ladder built for easy portability and safe use in a variety of conditions and applications. For the Werner MT-22 the telescoping ladder feature is one of several elements that make it one of the most innovative and readily adaptive tools ever invented. Neither of these ladders sacrifices safety in the pursuit of versatility and both offer well designed durability that lends itself well to long term everyday use. The dedicated professional contractor and casual handyman will both find the telescoping ladder to be a cherished addition to their tool collection.