That's a tough question, but below are items to consider. If you have the time, we strongly recommend that you contact us for an appointment so you can check out the two models and various heights in person.
First, Some Key Information....
Here are some stats that will help guide your decision.
Consider the Model − Original vs. Platform...
Hasegawa's ladders are available in two models:
- The Original Ladder − the GSC model − available in 6', 8', 10', 12' and 15'. The GSC is Hasegawa's original model. Are you comfortable up on ladders and with heights? Are you performing tasks like pruning and trimming hedges such that you are moving your arms back and forth across a horizontal plane? If so, the Original Ladder (GSC) is probably the best fit.
- The Platform Ladder − the GSU model − available in 6', 8', 10' and 12'. This model has the benefit of a deeper platform step, so is suitable for longer use and is the most user friendly ladder. Will you be standing on the ladder for long periods of time? Are you wary of heights like me? If so, you'll love this model because the platform is easy on your feet for long stretches, and the side rails around the platform "hug" you so you feel incredibly safe.
There really are two key differences between the two models: 1) the platform; and 2) the design of the top of the ladder. As you can see below, the Original Ladders (GSC models, pictured at left) have a flat top whereas the Platform Ladders (GSU models, pictured at right) do not.
Both models meet or exceed all applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for product quality and safety (ANSI 14.2 Type IA, certified up to a load capacity of 300 lbs.).
Consider the Size...
Take into account the ladder's Safe Standing Height (SSH), and not just the overall height. By adding the ladder's SSH to your "working" height and comparing that to the job at hand, you can get a good idea what size ladder you need.
As an example:
- You're 6' tall
- You typically work between waist and chest high − around 3' to 5'
- The SSH of the 10' Platform Ladder is 6' 7" − so you can stand, comfortably and safely, at 6' 7"
- Your working height is then 9' 7" to 11' 7"
- And, standing on the platform, the top of your head is at 12' 7", and you can reach to about 13' 7", arms outstretched
Consider the Weight...
The ladders are extruded aluminum, so they're light. But they're also tall and wide! Remember, the base width of the ladders run between 4' for the 6-8' ladders and 4' 9" for the 10-15' ladders. I'm 5' 5" and have no problem lugging around the 8' or 10' ladders (and the 6' ladders are a piece of cake). But ideally I'd like a big strong guy to help me with the 12' and certainly for the 15'. Taller folks tend to carry the ladder higher up, so it's easier for them to carry the longer ladders.
Don't Go Over the Top...
If you think you need the largest ladder, think again. It may be over-the-top for what you'll be using it for day in and day out. Instead, get the size that you'll use the most. Also think about who else will use it, whether you'll travel with it and where you'll store it.
Still Need Help Deciding?
Give us a call or request an appointment! We'll give you a quick spiel as to why these are such great ladders. We'll help you determine which model might work best for you. An in-person visit gives you a chance to check one out and climb it — so you can see for yourself what remarkable ladders these are.
The Garden Ladder is an Authorized Dealer for Hasegawa Tripod Ladders.
The Garden Ladder is a Hasegawa Authorized Dealer