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  • From: Ginda Fisher <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] orchard ladder
  • Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 18:37:42 -0400

I also have a "Little Giant" ladder. I don't have trees that need pruning and are tall enough to need more than a kitchen stepladder (which is much lighter and easier to carry around) but we use it to change lightbulbs in difficult spots, to get on top of the roof, to hang swings in the oak trees, and for all the other things suburbanites use ladders for. It's especially good if you need stability on uneven ground, as you can set the two sides to different lengths. But it is wide on both sides, not just one side like the tripod.

One year we brought it to the neighborhood Christmas-tree set up. (The families around a dead end collectively put up a large x-mas tree that needs to be supported with wires strung from nearby houses.) The next year two other families had purchased the same ladder. It's a great ladder.


On May 29, 2008, at 6:03 PM, Alan Haigh wrote:

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.

Now you can buy one of the many knock-offs and save money, I have, but the original is built better, maybe not enough better to warrant the extra expense. In the end I'm stuck with Little Giant because they make a lighter version that none of the competition makes and it is my staple elevator. They also make some very heavy ones that go above the standard 22' when straight.

They work as both a straight and step-ladder and are designed to enable the stepladder configuration to set at different heights for stability on uneven ground. I also use one of their very heavy ladders that is one size up from the 22' (can't remember the specifics).
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