View Full Version : Anyone using a "tripod" ladder?

11-12-2010, 01:19 PM

Pricing at bottom of page, was thinking of getting this one:

10' Werner Fiberglass Tripod Step Ladder #FTP6210 $274.52 Each

Was wonder if anyone here has used one? Thanks.

11-12-2010, 01:46 PM
Never seen a fiberglass one before. Always in wood. We've always called them orchard ladders. They can get really close to the fruit areas of the trees and easily manuverable under the branches. Very easy to work with. We have them around here in 10', 12', 14', 16', and 20'.


Think Green
11-13-2010, 12:47 PM
Never used a Orchard ladder before.........I guess they have their benefits around fruiting trees. For shrubbery and hedge use in wet beds, I prefer that 4th leg back there as they often will sink into the soil when stood on. 4 legs is better than 3!!!!!
In the case of the advertisement, it is good for those applications.

11-13-2010, 01:04 PM
I used such a ladder eons ago while working in a apple orchard. I was using a Werner fiberglass four leg 8' ladder but the fiber has started to split & thought it best to go ahead & get something else before an accident occurs :hammerhead:

(3) legs would be more suitable on uneven ground, plus the front leg can be pushed in farther. A small flat plate shoe on the front leg would keep it from digging into soft ground. I'd rather have an aluminum ladder over fiberglass.

Darryl G
11-13-2010, 01:15 PM
I have the Little Giant Ultrastep 5 to 8 foot fiberglass. Really nice sturdy ladder. I use it for tall hedges and shrubs mostly. It's a tripod design but has a Y shaped foot with 2 contact pads on it. They're available through Home Depot but you may have to special order.


Eric E
11-13-2010, 03:28 PM
Orchard ladders are great for working in and around shrubs, hedges, and small trees. You must be careful on hard surfaces where the 3rd leg may slide out. In such situations I have a rope with a pursik adjustment to stop the leg from sliding out. I prefer 3 legs over 4 legs in the landscape.

I have 2 Baldwin ladders, excellent quality/workmanship.