Product Type: Zarges Ladder
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Zarges Hop Up Platform
Member Name: SoadFan
Zarges Hop Up Platform
Date: 11/03/12, updated on 11/03/12 (86 review reads)
Advantages: Compact and well made
Disadvantages: Can be difficult to fold away
~A low level ladder platform that works!~
This simple hop up ladder by Zarges is something that I have had experience of using for a number of tasks around the home, where it has provided a safe and easy to use platform that has enabled me to carry out various tasks that needed attention. If you are looking for a ladder system that can cope with the weight of a medium to large adult plus tools, that will allow you to work at medium to low height, this compact and easy to set up system will certainly be something that may be of use. I have found that this ladder system is made from strong yet reasonably light materials which perform well even with regular use. I am pleased to say that there has been no rusting to the metal work of the ladder as it is made of durable and smart looking aluminium making it something that you can use when working in damp weather, or where you need to use water to wash/ prepare or clean an area.
~Using the ladder~
The safety hinges on the legs of the ladder are very well made and work well to help the legs of the ladder stay put when in use due to the way they fit together when the ladder is opened up for use. I have found that when the ladder is in operation the hinges do ensure that the form of the ladder is as it should be, giving a nice solid and settled base for you to work safely from. The metal body of the hop up ladder has a lightly textured finish that makes a good safe surface to work from, as it certainly feels like there is enough grip to the surface area. There are no super shiny or slippy surfaces which may cause you to loose balance when standing on the platform and I feel that once you have stepped up on to the top of the working platform the whole thing feels strong, safe and stable.
Jobs that this product has been used for have been varied and the surfaces on which the hop up ladder has been placed have been equally as varied with it being set up on wooden flooring, carpets, tiled surfaces, block paved surfaces, lawned areas etc. In all cases the ladder system has felt safe and secure with it providing enough extra height so as to allow tasks such as decorating, hedge trimming and car washing to be carried out with success. The platform height is around half a metre from the ground which makes this a very useful ladder to have for use around the home, with the maximum weight that can be placed on to it being 150 kg. The working area of the platform is around 60 by 30cms which I feel offers enough space for a person to move around safely on the platform when it is in use.
It is easy enough to set up the ladder as it can be simply unfolded and whilst it should be reasonably easy to put away, I have most often had to have some help with that as I just seem not to have the knack of folding it all back after use (I feel this is more up to my lack of skill with it rather than any fault with the product). Once folded the ladder is smaller and more compact than when it is fully extended and is therefore easy to store or transport if wanted. The weight of this system is just under 5kgs which means it is reasonably light for this type of product and is something that can be carried from place to place without too much effort.
The small slim side steps that are set at each side of the top of the ladder offer a stable way for you to climb on to the working platform when needed, making this a good option as a general purpose ladder for work at low heights. This hop on ladder product can be used in a variety of situations as it can be placed on a variety of surfaces, where it sits with a good degree of stability. My rating for the product is a fair 4 stars as I feel that at between £35 to £40 it offers a good solution for those who are looking for this type of ladder.
Summary: Provides a safe platform