[NAFEX] orchard ladder

Erdman, James ErdmanJ at uwstout.edu
Fri May 30 11:42:52 EDT 2008


I have enough trouble finding a level spot for my 2 leg point top ladder
to sit well, that I couldn't consider a 4 leg ladder, no matter how
adjustable it is.  I think that a 3 leg one might work some places, but
not sure.

 

Jim, western WI

 

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark & Helen
Angermayer
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 10:19 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] orchard ladder

 

Alan wrote:

"My one skilled pruning helper had 10 years experience full time working
in a commercial orchard before he came with me and his experience was
all tri-pod but once I put him on one of my ladders he never went back."

 

Alan,

 

I'm having a hard time understanding this.  It seems to me three legged
ladders would be more stable on uneven ground.  I understand with the
Little Giant you can adjust the individual height of the front and back,
but that still leaves side to side rocking.  That's the problem I have
with my stepladder.  The ground can be just a bit uneven, or soft, and
the ladder rocks from side to side and is unstable.  One would think
four points on the ground is more stable vs. three, but it's not been my
experience.  Once I built a grinder stand with four legs, but no matter
how level I got the legs, it still rocked a little be when moved to a
different part of the floor.  Then I remembered seeing manufactured
grinder stands with three legs, and realized why they were built that
way.  For this reason, I was planning to buy a Tallman tripod orchard
ladder, but now you have me wondering.

 

Mark

KS

	----- Original Message ----- 

	From: Alan Haigh

	To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 

	Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:03 PM

	Subject: [NAFEX] orchard ladder

	 

	I spend an insane amount of my life on top of a ladder while I
prune a lot of ancient apple trees amongst other fruit things.  I know
that the tri-pod is the old standard and it has advantages but for
stability and mobility (both sides have steps) nothing beats the design
brought to us by Little Giant Ladder Systems.  

	 

	My one skilled pruning helper had 10 years experience full time
working in a commercial orchard before he came with me and his
experience was all tri-pod but once I put him on one of my ladders he
never went back.  

	 

	 

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