Product Type: Hailo Ladder
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Abru 3 Tread Stepladder
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Abru 3 Tread Stepladder
Advantages: A great little device for use around the house - changing bulbs and decorating the odd room!
Disadvantages: Not for professional, week-in week-out usage as it won't last!
This light weight, easily storable step-ladder device is excellent for use around the house in domestic situations - such as changing a light bulb or reaching the loft ladder safely and securely. Its aluminium structure supports your weight excellently, though anyone over-weight may have difficulty, the ladder will not bend or flex during use. It is a silver colour and will fit perfectly under the stairs or hung up in the garage behind the lawn mower.
I purchased this model for £25 about 6-months ago and its strength and rigidity seems to be holding out well - despite it being used 30 or so times during that period. The aluminium is both strong and durable - it may get scratched from time to time but because of the colour this isn't noticeable and as the product is for functional use only this is an irrelevant point.
There are two thin climbing steps (about 200mm in diameter) leading to a fold down square step at the top, used to hold the thing together when in use. When standing on the top step (as you should), the weight from your person acts as a stabiliser, keeping the contraption together and you safe from falling!
I find the height of the ladder when standing on the top step is perfect for reaching the ceiling comfortably - so painting and decorating jobs are a wizz for this particular model. Saying this, I don't think this model is suitable for professionals as I feel over-use may have its damaging effects on the product.
The folding mechanism of the ladder is simple but effective. There is no danger of trapping fingers as the device is so light it will simply bounce open if closed too quickly - not gripping enough to injure. This does produce one problem with the product though, as the ladder has a tendency to open and shut, open and shut when not required. If you move it from one place to another without gripping it properly it will bounce open (potentially scratching near by furniture).
There is then no mechanism for keeping the ladder permanently shut, though there is for open.
Overall then I feel this little device is IDEAL for any house-hold in need of a small, fold-away, stick it under the stairs kind of step-ladder at a decent price! For those of you in a professional settings requiring such a thing, look else-where as this contraption won't last 2-years of hard graft.
Summary: Something every house-hold should have!