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Anyone have one of Cosco's
"World's Greatest Ladders"?
Thinking about getting my son
one of the 17'-ers for his birthday,
just wondering how they hold up.
Seems solid, and has 300lb rating.
 

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I can't say how they hold up, but it deffinetly seems pretty heavy duty. I did work for a guy that kept saying, you have to give this ladder I bought a try:laughing: Seems like it would be a nice gift for the son:thumbup:


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I have a few, and paid like $80 at Sam's Club for them. Great for scaffolding in an interior room. I have never had a problem with one.
 

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I've had a Cosco 17' for a couple of years now & it is sturdier than any extension ladder (I weigh 230 lbs) I own. Sam's used to sell it for $99, but I don't know what the price is now?
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Anyone have one of Cosco's
"World's Greatest Ladders"?
Thinking about getting my son
one of the 17'-ers for his birthday,
just wondering how they hold up.
Seems solid, and has 300lb rating.
 

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i bought a werner multi ladder at lowes about 2 weeks ago, for $150 300lb rated and the 22'....alittle heavy when fully opened! i like it better in the A position with a plank!!
 

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Thanks guys. :notworthy
Nice to get first hand info. :thumbsup:
He's somewhere north of 200lbs,
and it's time he got upgraded from
the little household extension he has.
He's the only kid I've got,
and I'm too old to start a new one. :laughing:
 

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I was cleaning gutters on a home last year and needed access to the second story roof. I had about 8' of roof on a 5-12 pitch to stand on for access but a step ladder was out of the question. I bought a Little Giant and tried that, it worked so well i bought a second one to match. I yanked out one of the 6' step ladders from my trailer, the 8' step ladder and the 24' extension ladder in favor of these 2 Little Giants. As said above they work great on roofs, stairwells, awesome as extension ladders and can be used as a scaffold with a board between them. They are a little heavy to move around but it is alot easier to manuever this ladder through a home to access a cathedral ceiling vs. a 22' or 24' extension ladder. I have knicknamed it go-go-gadget so the guys who work with me know what it is when i holler for it.
 

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I saw the Little Giant at CEDIA and it looked impressive, they have a fiberglass version but I've never seen it or felt how heavy it was. The aluminum little giant was heavy enough as-is.
 

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I have a Little Giant that I really like. Same idea. I think the manufacturing quality of the Little Giant is better than on the COSCO ladders. The welds look better, and it just looks a bit nicer overall. But, we don't buy ladders to hang on a wall and look at. The COSCO version may be just as good in practice. It's a lot cheaper, for sure. I haven't really looked into where the Little Giant is made, but doing a quick Google search online, I found a company in China that claims they produce both the Little Giant and the COSCO ladders. Who knows! Overall, it's a great design. A little heavy, but mine has wheels, so you can roll it around. It only rolls in the folded and tipped position, so no worries about it rolling out from underneath you while you are on it.
 

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Good design as stated-& best for stairways-but they are not suited for me ( too Heavy & very uncomfortable for standing on any length of time. The steps are very narrow & tireing on your feet- so this is something to consider............ so it depends on what you would use it for-
 

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Good design as stated-& best for stairways-but they are not suited for me ( too Heavy & very uncomfortable for standing on any length of time. The steps are very narrow & tireing on your feet- so this is something to consider............ so it depends on what you would use it for-
That is a good point. I have also noticed that they are not as comfortable as a regular step ladder for long periods. It helps to wear boots with stiff soles, but still, over long periods, your feet might get sore. I still love it, though, but wouldn't get rid of the regular step ladders.
 

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That is a good point. I have also noticed that they are not as comfortable as a regular step ladder for long periods. It helps to wear boots with stiff soles, but still, over long periods, your feet might get sore. I still love it, though, but wouldn't get rid of the regular step ladders.

Depending on the height you setup ladder you can have a double step on a few of the rungs. The singles are a little narrower than a traditional ladder. I have had mine for at least 6 years. It is holding up great and I'm 250lbs before lunch.
 

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I've used the 21' Werner version. It's not an everyday ladder, but when you run into certain situations, there is not a better alternative. It's nice to be able to raise one side higher than the other to get the work range closer to a wall. If you are going to buy an all-purpose ladder for professional use, I'd say go Little Giant.:thumbsup: For your son, if it's a household ladder, Cosco will be great.
 

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I've used the 21' Werner version. It's not an everyday ladder, but when you run into certain situations, there is not a better alternative. It's nice to be able to raise one side higher than the other to get the work range closer to a wall. If you are going to buy an all-purpose ladder for professional use, I'd say go Little Giant.:thumbsup: For your son, if it's a household ladder, Cosco will be great.

That's the deal, just one to have
around his house fill in where the 7'
1A leaves off.

Maybe he'll let me borrow it sometimes. :laughing:
 

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That's the deal, just one to have
around his house fill in where the 7'
1A leaves off.

Maybe he'll let me borrow it sometimes. :laughing:
In that case, go Little Giant and offer to store it for him.:laughing:
 

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I have 3 of the cosco ones, they are nice and lite compared to the little giants but if you workin the the rain much or just use them alot they get reall hard to change positions especially by yourself. I still use them all the time though.
 
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