Rated 4.9 out of 5Â by 37
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HappyCustomerHere It's all about the PODIUM!
The fiberglass construction really pays off as this ladder is incredibly light! Where it really shines is the podium. Old-school ladders would caution to never stand on the top landing, meaning if you needed to swivel around you typically had to get off the ladder and reposition. With the podium you have a landing, it supports up to 300 pounds, and the ability to gain access a full 360 degrees. At the top of the ladder are multiple locations to stow hammers, drills and any other tool you could think of.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jimmy Well built and sturdy!
The Werner podium step ladder is an exceptional piece of hardware. I have been using this ladder very frequently since receiving it, from tasks such as painting, to installing ceiling fans. The highlight of this product is the podium that you are able to firmly plant your feet on without fear of falling, along side of the guard rail to keep you more secure. The guard rail also serves as a neat tool by itself. Allowing you to use the small built in tray to hold screws, nails, and fasteners while you are working. There are also two magnetic spots on the railing that can be used to hold numerous other things such as nails, tools, and bolts.
Upon initial setup I was excited to see that the ladder stood very even and firm with no wobbling issues. I also feel as though the mechanism that prevents the ladder from folding in is very secure and well built.
I am very pleased with the construction of this ladder and would recommend this to anyone.
April 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Enginerd The most stable step ladder I've every used.
When I first picked up the ladder I thought it wouldn't inspire a lot of confidence during use. It's relatively light for its size. Then I opened up the ladder as was immediately impressed with how smoothly and solidly it swung open. I find the easiest way to open this ladder is to stand with it squared to your chest, then grab the top of the standing platform and push it away from you, as this swings the back legs away from you and you can simply tilt the ladder down onto all four legs.
Dimensions during use:
The standing platform is 16x20 inches and is actually 3 feet 10 inches above the ground. The ladder's footprint is 44x28 inches. You can get it right up next to a wall facing any of three ways and be able to put your nose on what your working on.
Issues during use:
The ceilings in my house are range from 9 feet to 8 feet, so at 6' 1" I can't comfortably use the podium platform for long periods of time, like installing a ceiling fan. If I got my hands on a 2' 6" version, that would be the ultimate residential ceiling fan installation aid.
However, my 5' 6" wife love using this ladder to load and unload heavy items from our large long-term storage shelves mounted 7 feet up the 10 foot walls in the garage. This has been a game changer as far as I'm concerned because she no longer has to ask me to help her see what's in those boxes up there or to bring stuff down.
I can see why ladders from this company are so popular: they strike a good balance between weight and sturdiness. Usually, if any work around my house involves getting on a ladder that I can't get to with my mobile scaffolding (things above 11 feet) I contract that out. Now that I know a ladder can be this stable and convenient I will opt to get the ladder that fits the job and save myself some serious money overall. Years of using beat-down ladders has really tainted my experience with them.
I can't wait to use this ladder when I build my backyard pergola in the next few weeks. It should be the right height and stable and sizable platform with its strong weight limit should be perfect for helping installation.
April 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JoeSeattle Much better than what I expected. Very sturdy. Really can work in all 4 directions without worrying.
Like another reviewer I was expecting the 4 feet to be measured at the top of the guard rail. Four feet is the height of the platform. 46 inches to be exact. The top of the guard rail is 6 ' 9 inches.
This is far more capable than what I expected. For the first time in 10 years I was able to vacuum my vaulted ceilings and repair two canister lights. The platform is even large enough to hold my canister vac and me with enough foot room to move in all 4 directions.
The platform is 16 x 16 inches or 16 x 20 inches if you count the step.
Top of guard rail is 6' 9 inches from floor when extended. 7' 2 inches when folded flat
The rail can hold 4 screwdrivers, a power screwdriver, a pliers, has a magnet and a cubby for about two dozen nails or screws.
The guardrail is 15.5 inches inside if you are wondering
The base is 43.5 inches deep x 27.25 inches wide in case you need to work in tight spaces like on a boat or narrow steps.
This is my go to ladder from now on if I need to do any work between 5 and 10 feet.
April 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Historian A Fabulous New Product!
I own a 8 ft Werner fiberglass stepladder, and love it. Besides it, I also own a couple old aluminum extension ladders 20 and 24 ft in length, as well as an ancient rickety wooden 5 ft stepladder that is close to 70 years old. My Werner and extension ladders are nice for certain jobs, but are really too tall for most of the jobs I need a ladder for. Inevitably, I ended up using that rickety wooden ladder too much, and sooner or later, that thing would get me or someone else hurt because it is just too old and dangerous to keep using. Then, I saw this 4 ft Werner fiberglass stepladder with a podium platform on it, and thought that was just what I needed. This is a new product for Werner, so I really looked forward to trying it out. First off, they call it a 4 foot ladder, but in reality it is actually about 7 feet tall altogether. Where they get the 4 foot rating, is the height of the podium you stand on. The portion above that where your waist would be, is about 7 foot high. Being fiberglass, you'd think that this is going to be a really light-weight ladder, and it is not. I'm not saying it is excessively heavy to the point of being a problem. What I am saying, is that it is heavily built so that it should stand up to many decades of use, so in my opinion, the weight is a big plus. The fiberglass itself is thick, and they used lots of aluminum in the construction for steps, braces, etc. The steps are wide enough that if you spend some time standing on them, you won't be as likely to get foot-cramps as you would with narrow steps, and you also feel safe and that you have reliable footing. The podium itself is nice and wide, so you could stand on it, and turn in circles as you work on a job, and feel safe and solid. The cross-bar at your waist level has tool holders, which include a nifty little magnetic area, where you could set screws or nails to stay in place while you work. You can tell that Werner spent a lot of time thinking this ladder through, how it would be used, and what could make it a very useful, safe and reliable tool for a homeowner or construction worker. In my opinion, they got it right. I'm 6' 1" tall, and I cannot stand on the podium under my 8 foot home ceilings, and that would be the closest that I could come to calling anything about this ladder a shortcoming. But, that isn't the fault of the ladder, by any means. Just standing on the ladder rung/steps, to paint my 8 foot ceiling, or maybe work on a light fixture, this ladder would still be ideal and comfortable and safe to use. For a 10 foot or 12 foot height, the top podium would be really fabulous for me. With the quality that Werner built into this ladder, I have no doubt that it could easily last a lifetime. In today's world, there are very few things you could say that about. The first big job I will use this ladder for, will be trimming back some honeysuckle plants that have overgrown the side of our deck. As for that rickety ancient wooden ladder, I plan to cut it into little pieces so that it never has a chance to hurt someone again! Thanks Werner and Home Depot! You really did a great job with this 4 foot Werner fiberglass ladder!
March 26, 2014