Little Giant King Kombo 3-in-1 Extension Ladder
The little giant king kombo extension ladder is one of the most popular and useful tools among climbers. They are used in many different climbing situations.
If you have ever climbed with a rope, then you will surely appreciate the use of an extension ladder. There are two types of extensions: flat and curved. Flat extensions are usually made from 1″ diameter PVC pipe and curved ones are typically made from 2″ diameter PVC pipe. Both types of extensions come in various lengths, but they all work the same way when it comes to extending your reach.
What makes these ladders so great?
Well, first of all, they provide you with extra stability because you don’t need to hold onto a heavy piece of equipment while climbing up or down a steep slope. Second, they allow you to climb over obstacles such as boulders, roots and other debris without having to stop to do so. Finally, they make it easier for you to get around corners.
There are several brands of extensions available including:
Kombo 3-In-1 Extension Ladder – $45.00 (US)
King Kombo 3-In-1 Extension Ladder – $49.00 (US)
Vista 3-In-1 Extension Ladder – $50.00 (US)
These ladders are all around the same price and come in various different sizes to fit your particular climbing situation. If you would like a slightly longer extension, Little Giant also has 6-foot and 7-foot extensions available.
Do you use an extension ladder? How do you like it?
Thanks for reading,
David E. Brame
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Ever imagine the painters of the Sistine Chapel or the statues that adorn the Lincoln Memorial had to climb up there to do their work?
Well, if they didn’t have a ladder, they would not have been able to do it.
Ladders are an important tool when it comes to painting and working at elevated heights. It is important to have the right ladder for the job because using a ladder that is too short or too flimsy can be extremely dangerous.
I’m not going to go into detail about different types of ladders in this post, but I will say there are a few types and that each one has their own unique pros and cons.
I am going to talk about a specific brand of ladder, though. Little Giant ladders claim to be the safest ladders on the market.
They are also the largest selling brand of ladder in North America.
Are they really the safest?
It seems like quite a claim, but after looking at all of their features I think it is true.
Here are some of the features that make Little Giant Ladders so safe:
Wide Stance – The wide stance of the ladder gives you a more stable position when climbing to help prevent the ladder from tipping over. This is also a great feature if you need to place the ladder on uneven terrain such as rough ground or sloped ground.
Slipresistant Feet – The feet on the bottom of the ladder are slip resistant, which gives you extra traction when placing the ladder on uneven terrain.
Non-Slip Rungs – The rungs of the ladder have a non-slip surface, which help give you a better grip even with work gloves. This is especially helpful if you are working on a wet surface.
These two features give you even more safety when climbing and placing the ladder.
Auto-Close – This is a great feature that helps prevent injury if you happen to fall. If more than six pounds of pressure are placed on any one section of the ladder, that section will automatically close to help prevent any further damage.
Auto-Lock – The auto-lock feature helps to prevent the ladder from collapsing while you are using it. This is especially important when using the ladder at higher heights.
360 Degree Swivel Hanging Pins – The hanging pins allow you to hang the ladder on the side of a structure. This allows you to use the entire length of the ladder instead of having to place it against a wall.
These features give you two different options for placing the ladder. You can hang the ladder on the side of a structure for wider access or you can place it against a structure and climb it the traditional way.
Little Giant also has several different extension ladders to choose from. The four most common ones are the 2-5, 3-5, 4-5 and 5-5.
The first number in each ladder represents the length of the base of the ladder (i.e.
the height and length of the ladder when it is not extended). The second number represents the maximum height the ladder will reach when fully extended.
So, a 4-5 would be a ladder that is 4 feet long when in its “closed” position and 5 feet long when fully extended.
As you can see, each one of these ladders gives you a completely different reach. Each one has its purpose, so be sure to decide which one is right for you before purchasing.
The 2-5 is the most compact ladder, making it great for reaching high areas but won’t be long enough for most ground-based tasks.
The 3-5 will be long enough for most ground-based tasks but may be a little bit bulky for some applications. It also doesn’t have the greatest reach, so it may not be long enough for some applications.
The 4-5 will be nice for reaching most ground-based tasks, but it isn’t going to do you any good for overhead applications. This one is a great all-around ladder.
The 5-5 gives you great reach, so it is perfect for overhead applications. The only downside is it may be a bit clunky and difficult to manage due to its extended size.
In addition, each one of these ladders has two different types of feet: slip resistant and wide stance. The wide stance gives you better stability when climbing and placing the ladder.
The slip resistant feet give you extra traction, especially on wet surfaces.
As you can see, there are several features to take into consideration. The right ladder for you is going to be different than the right ladder for me or anyone else.
Think about how and where you will be using it the most, and go from there.
The Little Giant brand is a great one, and their product’s quality and durability are beyond reproach. I personally own several of their products and love them.
How To Use An Extension Ladder
Before using any ladder, it is extremely important to follow all safety precautions. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or even death.
Always make sure the ladder is sturdy before placing your full weight on it. Ensure that all locks are secure and that all sides of the bottom of the ladder are on secure ground.
Always place the ladder on solid, flat ground that can support your weight. Never place the ladder on uneven ground, gravel, soft ground or anything else that may shift beneath you.
Never use a ladder in the wind, or in harsh weather conditions.
These are just a few of the many different safety rules that you should follow when using any ladder. For a more in-depth look at ladder safety, visit the Web sites listed below.
When placing the ladder, place the bottom of it at a 90-degree angle against whatever you plan to climb up on. This allows you to get good footing with your feet as well as good grip with your hands.
Move yourself up the ladder one step at a time, and make sure each foot is placed securely on a rung before moving your other foot up. Always keep three points of contact (two feet and one hand or one foot and two hands) at all times.
This will give you the best balance and stability.
Your objective is to move deliberately but not to rush. Take your time when climbing, but don’t take so long that you build up a lot of sweat.
The more weight you have on the ladder, the less sturdy it becomes.
Don’t overreach or try to reach too far away from the ladder. Always try to keep your arms and legs inside the ladder’s “envelope.” In other words, only reach as far as the sides of the ladder will allow you to without putting any weight on the sides of the ladder.
Always face the same direction as the ladder’s feet. In other words, if the ladder’s feet are pointing to the right, then you should always be facing to the right.
Never face or climb in the direction that the ladder’s feet are pointing. This will give you more stability.
Always make sure the ladder has good footing before putting your full weight on it. This is especially important when you are climbing up a tall ladder.
Sources & references used in this article:
- China: The Big Exporter; Its Dark Side; the Case of Fake Food (P Somabha – 2015 – ethesisarchive.library.tu.ac.th)
- Maine Campus April 09 1993 (MC Staff – 1993 – digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu)