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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
If the Stradbally lot only do up to 10ft, there's probably some sort of H&S reason behind it? George, you mention moving it 'from site to site'. Is that just around your garden, or are you some form of contractor?



In UK or USA they are making 16-18 ft high ladders. How about H&S Wink
I was in stradbally to have a look on the "hedge ladder" Compare to "UK ladders" its has only one "3rd" leg adjustable. It was really stable on flat ground. Pitty that they are not making bigger. Price was nice 250e for 10ft.
You have to try it to see how stable are they. Gardening is my hobby. Yes i if i can and have day off i will take some jobs and help few friends.

Last night i found this ...



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think what you have to understand is that there are armies of suited idiots in offices whose main purpose in life is to dream up theoretical risks and then devise wholly impractical ways of combatting them. Put them in a practical situation and they're absolutely lost. Sadly, employers risk everything in court if they've missed dotting one 'i' or crossing one 't' but privately we are exempt.

If I want to access the top of a tall hedge, admittedly I don't want to fall off but neither am I going to read a large manual or go on a training course. Given that I have the two ladders I mentioned, firmly lashed together at the top with a stout rope, they'll be sufficient to a) bear my weight and b) get me to the required height, so all I have to do is prevent them falling over. By the look of the hedge in the illustration, I imagine its core will comprise fairly thick, woody stems. If so, I'd probably go up about 10ft with another piece of rope, reach into the hedge and tie my ladders to one or more of them. If they're strong enough the ladder won't move but that's the user's decision. Alternatively, a 20ft scaffold pole (tubular steel), fixed firmly to the ladder tops, will meet the ground 12ft away from the ladders and would make an adequate strut but, if the soil is soft, common sense will put a concrete block underneath it to prevent it sinking in. If I were to be in this position, I'd make a 'Y' shaped piece of steel bar to slot in the top and allow the ladder to rest in it - a bit of a fag but I'd only do it once.

Now, my motive is practicality, simplicity and economy. You've probably got a ladder already so another one won't break the bank, nor will a surplus scaffold pole from a builder or scrap yard - much cheaper than 00s of special kit. Modern aluminium ladders are easily stored on brackets under the eaves of the shed and the scaffold pole will slot on to the garage rafters - no extra space needed. In terms of practicality, I spotted somewhere in the HSA link that you should place your ladder on a piece of firm, level ground? Ask them what you should do if your hedge happens to be on a bit of a slope and the garden recently rotavated - and watch them glaze over. George, you must decide for yourself what's best but don't forget there are a lot of suppliers out there making megabucks out of this sort of thing.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here be one of those ladders.

http://blog.plantdelights.com/giant-agave-flowering/

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Appears to be not tall enough and I still think you should have bought an ally tower. But each to their own.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi fellas, Googling 'Orchard Ladders' I got directed back here!

All very interesting but I DO want an orchard ladder. My old apple trees look fine up to the height my old plasterers platform can reach. But above that they are a horrible tangle of branches shading everything below them. Plus the fact that the ground is VERY soft and sloping. The platform is great but I have to haul it around and keep four large off-cuts of timber to stand it on.

So any ideas on the best supplier for an 8-10ft orchard ladder?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you tried to leave but couldn't get away.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always head straight for this company, Sue. Very reliable.

Try http://www.tooled-up.com/product/youngman-light-trade-aluminium-3-way-combination-ladder/183680/ or some of the alternatives at the foot of the main site.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Blowin. I'll check it out when the dust settles - got a hectic few weeks coming up!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried a pm to Lady Fermanagh but am not sure if it went through. The item below is on the list of specials in Aldi.ie branches for tomorrow if it's any use to anyone? Easy to store if nothing else. Warning - Aldi does have a funny habit of listing such offers but then finding they don't actually arrive, so don't drive too far!

https://www.aldi.ie/p/093891078100400?utm_source=Aldi&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SpecialbuyEmail28thOctober

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lady Fermanagh? Laughing Laughing Thanks for the info Blowin. Think I might make a trip to Donegal.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, none of them touch my giant agave ladder. Smile Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true KS, but that won't help me prune my old apple trees! Wink Laughing
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