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  1. I’m a home inspector in cincy and I love my telescoping ladder. You gotta be careful on your fingers, but I always get so many comments from customers and they’re happy I’m not in there dinging up their walls. Fits nice in my trunk. Bought it from extend a step with a free bag. Good guys over there and they ship out fast 2 so I owe them a plug for that.

  2. Telescoping ladders are unsafe. mine fell apart broke ankle and sheared of tibia bone out of work for 11-16 weks

  3. Re: Telescopic Ladders Review

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful honest complete informative review!!! I have been searching for someone who had had a similar experience as myself. That was only you. As I searched the internet, everyone else was raving golden reviews. Although I will admit that I looked generally and not at the specific brands involved. Once I began reading the review here, I knew that I had met another honest person experiencing the same misfortunate as myself very recently in mild weather when I dealt with my ladder.

    Now my comments and review of my purchased telescopic ladder:

    There are lots of warnings on my ladder, as should be done. The most important warning mention that I found was that this ladder was only guaranteed for ONE year! I didn’t see that when I first bought this ladder for my family. I thinking that the compact portable telescoping extension ladder concept was perfect. In my mind, if it was made in Sweden then it could be trusted. (I was later shown this belief to be incorrect.) When I happily presented the new ladder, my family thought otherwise. Each one, almost in unison, stated that they were each afraid to use it. Thus the ladder sat and was never used. We had other old fashioned models and sizes already. Since it’s failed presentation, the extension ladder was never even was moved from it’s original spot in the garage. Recently I was alone and had the opportunity to need the ladder in a small space where a step ladder would not work.

    Keeping my family’s thoughts in mind about safety, I set out to give the ladder an honest try for I believed in the concept. I went onwards to test this ladder, knowing the possibility of danger existed. I followed all of the directions perfectly from both the book provided and the warning labels, although the ladder had another idea. Luckily I was wary of each trial that I gave it. I found to setting up the extension difficult, for the ladder wanted to skip some steps. Once I succeeded mastering the full extension, I carefully tested each step by jumping on it. They tested fine until I got a bit further up. Wow those steps collapse without any warning whatsoever! I was very much prepared for the collapsing, but never expected such speed. If I hadn’t been wary, I could easily have lost some toes! I had prepared for this ladder event by wearing steel toed shoes, always holding securely elsewhere, and expecting a collapsible fall at any moment so I was ready to evacuate at the slightest notice. The ladder did listen to my thoughts for there was never any notice at all. Those steps collapsed without any pattern that I could discover.

    I gave this ladder much more than a fair chance to work for me. I’m sure more so than most would in similar circumstances. Thankfully I still have all of my toes and I really don’t want to trash this great invention. Yet I truthfully feel that using this model and brand of ladder is exactly an example of a severe disaster waiting to happen. I dearly hope that no one tries to sell one second hand. These early versions are not at all safe! (I wonder if at least this thing is recyclable for the aluminum for I don’t want anyone to ever use it for it’s original intention, a safe telescoping extending ladder. That would be a inexcusable on my part. Now I’m off to find out how to recycle or at the very least, dismantle this object before the next trash day.

    I give you permission to do as you wish with my words. I understand that I do get wordy and do not at all expect anything in return. The words are yours. I just wanted to reply my experience in the same matter of the subject that I read and fully agree.

    Thank you for the generous comment space,

    • Thank you Carol for your detailed report and I’m glad that nothing bad happened to you during that telescopic ladder accident. I’m still using mine ladders, and so far there was no problems. I’ve never attempted to jump on the steps… I’m afraid that this puts too much stress on interior components, and by jumping you could exceed the weight limit on the telescopic ladder joints. But, the truth is – every time I climb those ladders, I keep my hands on the outside of the assembly – never on the steps… just in case :-).

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