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I use a 6' stepladder and a 10' stepladder. I just get these at Home Depot. I did not know what an orchard ladder was, so I looked at http://www.amleo.com . I buy lots of tools from them. They don't seem to have a lot of ladders, but they do have some "fruit-picking ladders", which I assume are the same thing as orchard ladders. A.M. Leonard is a great company to deal with for tools. You can request a catalog on their website or view their catalog online. You can call them or order online.

It looks like these ladders have 3 legs. The description says to use them only on turf or ground and not on hard surfaces. (wonder why?) I can see how these may be useful for getting in closer to shrubs. AmLeo has them in 6', 8' and 10'.
 

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I'm in WI, and bought one from my local green industry supplier. We have a 12' but we use it to hang lights with. Best ladder money can buy (about $350) You will be amazed at what you can get to with this thing. If you can't find one I'm sure Reinders (were I bought mine) would ship one (or I could) but the it would probably get pretty pricey
 

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Orchard ladder is a tripod, and the single leg that opposes the steps allows you to place that leg directly into the shrubs, allowing you to usually get closer than a stepladder. Also the leg has no fixed position (no stop, like a stepladder), so it is taboo to use this ladder on any surface other than earth. The leg is designed to sink into the soil an inch or 2, to stabilize the leg. If used on hard surfaces, there is nothing to stop the leg from just sliding out from under you. An OSHA inspector would get a thrill seeing an orchard ladder on a hard surface - citation time.

Orchard ladders come up to 16', and the safe standing height is usually about 4' from top, so you have stability. So you need to figure the height you want. There are only 2 or 3 main manufacturers. Ought to be able to find them with a Google, and contact them for a dealer near you. Don't know if he's still around, but someone used to make one with a telescoping leg, so you could easily use the ladder on a hill.
 

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At one time you could get one through Ace hardware, well at least here. Of course they don't stock them but they had a big catalog and said they could get any of them in a couple days. Might be worth checking.
 

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Originally posted by John Gamba
That Has To Be The Best thing For Heage Trimming I Have ever Used. Other Then My Sthil.
John
I won't use a ladder for hedge trimming. Too dangerous IMO. As a solo op and sole income for the family, I can't afford to get hurt. If it needs a ladder, I don't do it. With an extended hedge trimmer and a pole pruner, I've only had to turn down one job this year (16 foot tall and 14 foot wide privet).

I used to use 2 step ladders with a plank running between them. Way quicker than working off of one and safer too. I always put 2x6's under the legs on sod or soil to keep them from sinking in, and cedar shakes for leveling the 2x6's.
 

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Landscapers supply in Peabody sells them; however, last year I was looking to get one and they were back ordered. I ended up just getting a 10' fiberglass stepladder at Lowes.
 

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IT"s so funny to see here that something that is very common here(can pick one up less than 15 min drive) is not common back east. Then again, I guess California has a few more orchards than say Mississippi.
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So what ladder would you guys recommend using?

I've been using the orchard ladder for awhile now, lol ... It does slide and move around on hard surface that's why I always get somebody to hold the ladder for me.. Thank god I have'nt done any hedges that are very high, only like 8-10ft high I use the orchard ladders..

i'm beginning to think I should go out and get 2 ladders that are featherlites and run a plank inbetween the ladders..

But what would stop you from taking a step back and falling???!?!
 

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Welp, I went out and bought another 16' orchard ladder along with my 10' orchard that I already have..

I think I'll be using these ladders and running a thick piece of wood as my walkway so I can just walk across with ease..

What do you guys think about using 2 orchard ladders and running a piece of wood on the steps?
 

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Welp, I went out and bought another 16' orchard ladder along with my 10' orchard that I already have..

I think I'll be using these ladders and running a thick piece of wood as my walkway so I can just walk across with ease..

What do you guys think about using 2 orchard ladders and running a piece of wood on the steps?
well it's easier than selling up scaffolding, probably a little more dangerous though since it is possible for the leg to slip. I've thought about scaffolding for a big long hedge where the top needs to be trimmed, cheaper than a lift or zoom boom
 

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well it's easier than selling up scaffolding, probably a little more dangerous though since it is possible for the leg to slip. I've thought about scaffolding for a big long hedge where the top needs to be trimmed, cheaper than a lift or zoom boom
if it's big enough I seen a guy lay a sheet of plywood on top of hedge and used as platform
 
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