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Old 06-05-2019, 09:53 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, the time has come for me to purchase 2 taller extension ladders.
Im looking for advice on what to get. my current setup is as follows.
2-20 aluminum extension ladders. only 225Lb rated
2- ladder jacks
1- 12 extendable plank.

Im thinking 32' minimum size. And I weigh 215Lb so i know I need a heaver duty one. I will be using them for painting and some construction also.
Any suggestion on what to get ? aluminum or fiberglass ? One brand better then another? also I see that they have a 32' fiberglass that is compact and when closed is only 12ft 6 inch.

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IMO, it’s tough to beat Werner quality. I would definitely consider the weight of an aluminum one versus fiberglass. A 32 footer will be a beast.
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I agree Werner IMO makes the best ladders, but I prefer fiberglass to aluminum, even though they weigh more.
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Go for a duty rating of at least 250 pounds, they are much more stout. If you are going to get two get one 20' and one 24'.
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24' will do 90% of general residential work. I buy aluminum 250lb ones...we're a skinny crew.
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24' will do 90% of general residential work. I buy aluminum 250lb ones...we're a skinny crew.
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I don't even own a 32 footer. Could have used one last year on a job.

I'd recommend getting ladder levelers whatever you decide.
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I agree with the other posters about going with aluminum, as the fiberglass ones will wear you out pretty quick moving them around all day, especially the tall ones. I actually prefer 250 lb rating on 28ft plus, they are harder to move but i appreciate less bounce when im at those heights😄. For 24ft or less i like the 225lb rated for the ease of moving
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I have a 32 footer. I've used it 4 times in three years. 24's are the most common.
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Anyone use Louisvilles? Those ladders are beasts!
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Anyone use Louisvilles? Those ladders are beasts!
Ya, I've run across quite a few Louisville's at various shops. They make a quality ladder on par with Werner's!
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Anyone use Louisvilles? Those ladders are beasts!
I have many of them. Almost all of my A frames, and my 28' and 32' extension ladders.
Overall very happy with them. I do noy like the lock feature on the extension ladders, which locks them in place. I would constantly realize that the ladder was locked in place and have to climb back up the ladder to unlock. So, I took the locks off of them.

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Hello everyone, the time has come for me to purchase 2 taller extension ladders.
Im looking for advice on what to get. my current setup is as follows.
2-20 aluminum extension ladders. only 225Lb rated
2- ladder jacks
1- 12 extendable plank.

Im thinking 32' minimum size. And I weigh 215Lb so i know I need a heaver duty one. I will be using them for painting and some construction also.
Any suggestion on what to get ? aluminum or fiberglass ? One brand better then another? also I see that they have a 32' fiberglass that is compact and when closed is only 12ft 6 inch.

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I's say go for the 32' Aluminum - Medium rated - 250.
Anything taller or more Heavy Duty will be such a bear to move that you'll never want to use it.


I have a 28' Light Duty and I use it all the time (the most useful ladder size in my opinion), and I have a 32' Medium Duty that I only use when necessary, and I dislike using it. It is just heavy enough to be a burden to move and set up.

I like Aluminum for weight only, Fiberglass is heavy.
Aluminum requires more care for set up so it doesn't get bent, and it bounces a lot more, but if you can't easily move and set up your own ladder, what's the point? Have you lifted/moved a 32' fiberglass?

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Just be extra careful with an aluminum ladder when working near power lines!
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Just be extra careful with an aluminum ladder when working near power lines!
Could be an enlightening experience.
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I keep a couple fiberglass ones around. For around power lines. But alum are my work horses. Who uses 3 legged stepladders for exteriors? I have a old wood 6’ one fiberglass 6’ that I don’t like but the wife does. And a 8 and 10.
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Fiberglass does not conduct electricity but the paint on a fiberglass ladder does.
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Fiberglass does not conduct electricity but the paint on a fiberglass ladder does.
So what about an aluminum ladder that has paint on it?
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Fiberglass does not conduct electricity but the paint on a fiberglass ladder does.

That's a good point. Unless the work is specifically related to electrical exposure, aluminum should be the choice for the painting trade. Plus, fiberglass breaks down from the UV's.
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fiberglass breaks down from the UV's.
Maybe you should paint them with a good UV Protection Paint, lol.
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