Little Giant Ladders! 17' or 22' feet ?? A little help?

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Old 08-30-15, 12:49 AM
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Little Giant Ladders! 17' or 22' feet ?? A little help?

I am about to buy a Real Little Giant Ladder.
I own some decent extension ladders 40 26 24 etc. Also a want to be little giant. and a few folding 4 and 6 foot. So I am pretty well covered.
But I always wanted a good Folding all around LG for transport in the truck.
Just went to the county fair. They have some real good deals going on with a lot of perks. I decided to treat myself, My dilemma is this I think I would use it mostly for all around purposes split scaffold etc.
The 22 foot reaches a second story the 17 would come up a bit shy but would most likely be allot easier on all other phases. weight is 6 pounds lighter.
For those who own one did you ever regret getting the smaller one?
 
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Old 08-30-15, 01:13 AM
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I own many ladders and have used those LG folding ladders. Then can be a little unruly to get folded into position. I personally would want to have the 17' model for general use.
 
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Old 08-30-15, 05:06 AM
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As a painter, I own quite a few ladders [both step and extension] but never bought one of those folding ladders. To me they just aren't handy enough for what I do. I have used them but mainly just where another trade had it set up on a job and I used it because it was there

I agree with Pete that the smaller one would be handier.
 
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Old 08-30-15, 05:08 AM
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I use the shorter Gorilla ladders that can articulate in stairwells. I don't do high stuff anymore. The only drawback to the Gorilla ladders is their weight. They are aluminum and fiberglas, and weigh a ton. Good for electrical work, however. I still have my 20 foot extension ladder and like the "cow horns" that attach to it. Keeps the ladder off your work and away from windows and stuff.
 
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I have the shorter LG, and a single story ranch-style home. There are a few times a year when I wish it was a few feet taller (in stepladder configuration), mostly when I need to get up on the roof and would like it to extend up past the edge of the roof a couple of feet to make getting on and off the roof easier/safer. I mostly use it in stepladder configuration as I also have an extension ladder when I need to work high on the gable ends. The disadvantage of the taller model is weight; even the short one is a pain to move around, but I think if I had a two story house I would go for the taller model. Other than weight (and cost) I can't really think of any disadvantage to the extra height.

Mine is an older model and I think the new ones have wheels (may be optional) to help with moving. I suggest you definitely get two leg levelers. I bought one originally and it was always on the wrong leg. Easy to move, but just enough of a hassle that I didn't move it when I should have. After a few years I bought a second leveler and it really helps.
 
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Old 08-30-15, 06:36 AM
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I have the larger one and 95% of the time use it in the normal step ladder configuration. I can work on a 12' stairwell ceiling in a commercial setting without issue. But honestly, it is too heavy and bulky to use in the extension ladder configuration. You have to extend it out to its full length on the ground and then muscle it into position. It is too dangerous to extend once you get it upright. Unlike an extension ladder that has stops, you manually engage the length. Slip and it could bite you. Just finished a garage off and the walk board configuration came in real handy for taping the ceiling. One last observation, it is a single rung ladder when extended. The single rung is very tasking on the soles of your feet as all your weight is concentrated in one spot.
 
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Old 08-30-15, 06:42 AM
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Not counting the old round rungs, single rungs have never bothered my feet .... but then I have spent a lot of time working off of ladders. Probably the 2 main reasons I've never considered buying that type of ladder is the weight and for me an extension ladder is a lot handier. But they do say it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks
 
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Old 08-30-15, 09:09 AM
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I have the small LG. It's nice when needed, but I hardly use it due to the weight.
It does have wheels but still a pain to carry around to a job site.
 
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Old 09-12-15, 10:10 PM
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Got the 17

Thanks to all the feed back!
I think it Was worth it with all the perks!LOL really a lot of gimmicks I do like the platform and the airdeck!!
 
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It is a very handy ladder.... enjoy.
 
 

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