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  Reply # 732174 13-Dec-2012 17:52 Send private message

dont forget to buy the correct weight rated ladder !
no point getting a under rated ladder when your weight is almost the rated limit (remembering you might be carring / holding things etc).

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  Reply # 732356 14-Dec-2012 04:26 Send private message

illicit: TV Ladder = $800!!!

Go to Placemakers - buy the Gorilla Ladder, same thing $250ish

Whaaat? Did not know the price - that's ridiculous - forgeddit.

However, although the Gorilla Ladder has similarities, I'm sure it does not have the same versatility.

Yeah and you have to buy the little platform things seperately.

Pretty sure it does everything else though, pulls apart into 2 bits, fold out into one long ladder or with the differnt heights either side.

You are correct. I was the OP here and I also said I thought the Gorilla ladder does not have the same versatility as the Transforma. I was wrong. Just bought a Gorilla Mighty 19 from Bunnings for $299 for my wife's Xmas present to me and it does everything that the Transforma does.

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Reply # 740167 4-Jan-2013 14:50 Send private message

The Transforma ladders load rating is certified to 180 kg vs the Gorilla ladders certified 120 kg load rating. Im a strapping 150 kg Maori boy and the last thing I want to hear when I'm at the limits of a ladder is creaking, Criscos is selling the Transforma ladders for $320 which is definitely in my price range.

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  Reply # 740205 4-Jan-2013 17:40 Send private message

+1 for the Gorilla, very compact, very strong very sturdy, very versatile.  One of the best things about it is it fits easily into the car boot.  Yes, it a bit heavier than a small step ladder but still not too heavy.  The step attachment for putting the paint pail etc on isn't all that expensive.

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  Reply # 740254 4-Jan-2013 19:08 Send private message

wellygary: You are going to use this ladder to hold you up, presumably in places where if you fall it would 
a) hurt
b) likely cause you damage.

Don't buy a cheap ladder......


Cheap ladders land you in hospital.

* Erect at the correct angle. (1 in 4)
* Tie the top to what ever you are climbing if at all possible. (If not, find a helper to hold the ladder).
* 3 points of contact at all times.
* Avoid working from a ladder if at all possible.
* Don't stretch to work sideways - MOVE THE LADDER.
* Don't stand higher than around the fourth from top rung.

(I work with ladders in my day job, and these are just some of the rules we work to).

That said, I have a Gorilla at home, and yes, they're pretty good.


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  Reply # 800045 16-Apr-2013 09:59 Send private message

Just received:

Commission urges caution for users of multi-purpose ladders

The Commerce Commission has urged consumers and tradespeople to exercise caution when using two models of ‘Transforma’ multi-purpose ladder, sold nationwide by Brand Developers Limited between 2007 and March 2013.

The Commission is investigating potential breaches of the Fair Trading Act involving claims made about the load rating of Transforma TR24 and TR33(35) ladders and their compliance with compulsory safety standards.

The Commission understands that approximately 16,000 of these multi-purpose ladders have been sold, mainly through TV infomercials and trade suppliers.

The Commission’s Competition Manager, Greg Allan, said that while the Commission had so far only tested one of each model of ladder, both ladders had failed the independent safety test and the test failures were of sufficient concern for the Commission to warn people to take care in using them.

The ladders were tested against the AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 Portable ladders Standard.
In testing, the TR33(35) model buckled under the maximum advertised 180kg load.

The TR24 model failed two tests.

• Under the standard the ladder is allowed to ‘sag’ by 5.2mm when the rated weight is put on it. The TR24 sagged 20mm.
• The TR24 was also tested for ‘walking’ - which measures the movement of the ladder’s feet when the ladder is moved from side to side. The maximum allowable movement for these ladders is 79mm under the safety standard. The tested ladder walked 130mm on average.

“There is the potential for someone to be badly hurt if they expect the ladder to carry the advertised maximum load or if the ladder moves significantly,” Mr Allan said.

He said that because the ladders were advertised as able to hold more than 120kg they were classed as industrial strength and therefore more likely to be used by tradespeople.

Mr Allan stressed that further testing was being undertaken by the Commission.

“We will be testing more ladders to see if this is a systemic failure and will let consumers know the outcome of testing as soon as possible. In the meantime, we urge people to exercise the utmost care when using these ladders,” he said.

Brand Developers Limited is working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to contact customers who have purchased the ladders.

An Unsafe Goods Notice issued by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in November 2012 bans the sale of multi-purpose ladders that do not meet the AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 Portable Ladders standard. The Commerce Commission is the enforcer of Unsafe Goods Notices and has followed up with retailers of the ladders to ensure they are complying with the Notice.

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  Reply # 803570 22-Apr-2013 10:43 Send private message

Looks bad. Also its been on sale in NZ over 5 years why has it taken this long to get tested?

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