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Re: [TowerTalk] Laddder question

To: "David Kozinn, K2DBK" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Laddder question
From: John Kuklewicz N7ZN <>
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 17:20:46 -0700
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I have one of the Little Giant 17' ladders.
It is a very well made product - easy to use, versatile, very strong (300
pound rating) and made in the USA.

They are rather heavy, especially when compared to, say, a 7 foot step ladder.
But, the weight is manageable and the versatility makes up for it, IMHO.

Be advised that recently I have seen several knock offs of the little giant l
adder made by other vendors (one in particular by Werner, a large manufacturer
of ladders.) The knock offs appear virtually identical to the original
product and they are a fraction of the price. I don't know if the patents have
expired, or if the design is being licensed, but the Werner product looks almost
identical. And a lot less expensive.

Take a look around (try the big box stores, Costco, etc) before placing an 
for example. Last spring I saw these at my local Costco for about $100.

Every time I walk past one of the Werner models, I feel a knife twist in my gut.

vy 73;

John N7ZN

David Kozinn, K2DBK wrote:
> Hopefully this isn't too off-topic: After an unfortunate incident involving
> a large tree limb, a not-quite-out-of-the-way a-frame ladder, and gravity
> (fortunately, my son and I were well out of the way), I find that I need a
> new ladder. (If anyone needs some kindling, please contact me off-list. :-)
> ) I've seen the infomercials for the "Little Giant" ladder system, and while
> normally the mere fact that something has an informercial is enough for me
> to steer clear, I checked out their website (
> and it looks pretty interesting. I did a
> little research on the web, and I haven't seen anything bad, and in fact, I
> did find a number of pretty good comments. They are somewhat pricey, but for
> what I'd get it may well be worth it. (In addition to my recently departed
> A-frame ladder, the extension ladder that I have is old, somewhat flimsy,
> and a bit too short anyway).
> I was wondering if anyone on the list had any firsthand experience with
> these, good or bad, that they'd care to share? To keep at least marginally
> on-topic, in addition to general household use, this is what I'd use to get
> onto the roof where my current antennas live.
> Thanks.
> 73,
>      David, K2DBK
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