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Topic # 240578 14-Sep-2018 17:04
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I could use a new stepladder-platform gizmo. I'm considering this one:

 

https://www.tradetested.co.nz/tools-hardware/ladders-scaffolding/ladders/multi/atom-ladder-multi-17.html

 

The price isn't bad but I'm a bit concerned about the thickness of the aluminum used in its construction: 1.2mm.

 

I mean, my old stepladder that I've had for...gawd...50 years or so, is made of 2.4 mm material.

 

The ATOM seller, TradeTested, reckons they've sold 'hundreds' but didn't answer my emailed question as to whether they had any stress test figures.

 

So - anyone out there tried the product?


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  Reply # 2090827 14-Sep-2018 17:49
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Well, the blurb says "All of the Atom Multi Ladder range meet AS/NZS Ladder standards (AS/NZS 1892) and have a maximum load of 150kg" and "AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 certified". So there must have been some testing done. Do you need to see the report from their testing or are you happy to accept that meeting the standard is enough?


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  Reply # 2090852 14-Sep-2018 19:00
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They look the same design as what bunnings stock - I have one at swear by it (I have the 4 rung size). So much better than your standard 7ft steps.

They are heavy. I am definitely not worried about the construction of them.

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  Reply # 2090855 14-Sep-2018 19:05
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If its like my older one, its a box tube not a C shape like other ladders, plenty strong enough but weighs a crapload.





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  Reply # 2090858 14-Sep-2018 19:09
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Well, I had it from a guy in the scaffolding business (who used to work for OSH) that those standards aren't the tightest when it comes to ladders.

 

So I thought maybe the Chinese manufacturers had supplied the reseller with test results of their own. Evidently not.

 

Actually, I haven't checked out the thickness of the ladder material at Mitre10. Maybe 1.2 mm aluminum is fairly common now in stepladder construction.

 

Anyway, I asked the question mainly to see if anyone here had used the product and, if so, what they thought of it.

 

 


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  Reply # 2091648 16-Sep-2018 19:12
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I recommend the Werner one from M10- they also have one priced at $199 which would be okay for most home users. We use the $240 one for our installers which is slightly longer than the $199 one. 

 

They are much heavier than a standard aluminuim A frame ladder. 

 

This looks fine though





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  Reply # 2091666 16-Sep-2018 19:51
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I've got one,(Gorilla brand I think, bought it from Mitre 10 about 8 or so years ago ) that looks pretty well identical. I'm very happy with it. It's sturdy and one of it's best features is is fits in the boot of the car.





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  Reply # 2092134 17-Sep-2018 19:08
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Thanks, guys. I'll get one, the 22 price is certainly OK.

 

I need the platform element to do some work on my 3m lounge ceiling. Hire price for a mobile platform is around $240 week.

 

 


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