The twin stepladder is a versatile ladder that is similar in appearance to a standard stepladder. Ideal for use in the home or in the workplace, the twin stepladder offers the added benefit of allowing the user to walk up and down both sides of the standalone unit.
Shaped in the same way as the typical A-frame ladder, the twin stepladder features four legs and a center spreader hinge designed to spread and lock into place. As a standalone unit, the twin stepladder does not have to be propped up against a wall or other structure in order to be used. Rather, the legs simply have to be spread open with the spreader hinge locked in place in order to safely handle the weight of the user. Unlike the standard stepladder, the twin stepladder features steps on both sides that can be safely utilized by the user. This makes the twin stepladder more versatile than the standard stepladder and, in some cases, a safer option because there is no danger of the user inadvertently using the wrong side. Just as with the standard stepladder, however, the user should not step on the top step of the ladder, as this step typically is not intended to support the weight of a person.
When choosing a twin stepladder, you should consider the following factors:
Application: A twin stepladder makes a good addition to both the home or the workplace, where it can be used to reach hard-to-reach items without needing to be propped up against a wall or other structure.
Materials: Twin stepladders are typically made with fiberglass or aluminum, with fiberglass being the better option for those who intend to use the ladder when doing electrical work.
Height/Reach: Twin stepladders are generally designed to reach heights ranging from 4 to 12 feet.
Duty Rating: Twin stepladders generally are not designed to hold massive weights, but should be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the user as well as any items that the user is likely to carry up and down either side of the ladder.
Safety Concerns: A twin stepladder features a spreader hinge that needs to be locked into place to ensure it does not collapse while in use. The ladder should also feature rubber feat or metal cleats designed to keep the unit from slipping while in use.
Twin stepladders are a convenient item to use in both commercial and residential settings. Since they can easily be collapsed and transported, they are a good option for those settings where a ladder may need to be frequently moved about and then tucked away for easy storage. Since the twin stepladder features steps on both sides that can be used, it also eliminates confusion while also reducing the need to move the ladder if it is being used for a job that requires access from both sides.
The twin stepladder is different from the standard stepladder in that you cans safely walk up and down both sides of the unit. Nonetheless, just as with the standard stepladder, care should be taken to avoid standing on the top “step” of the unit. While this may look like a step, this top portion of the ladder typically is not designed to hold the weight of a person.