Ladder Lockdown and Ladder Levelizer Tested

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Jul 18, 2018

Ladders are a daily necessity for surveillance and security installers, but working on an unstable surface can be extremely dangerous. In addition to selecting the appropriate ladder, it is important to ensure the ladder is safely footed.

Two manufacturers claim to improve ladder safety:

We bought both ladder devices and tested them. Below is an overview:

We tested both of these devices in real-world conditions to see how they work, examining:

  • Marketing Claims vs Performance
  • Ladder Levelizer Demonstration
  • Ladder Lockdown Demonstration
  • Product Failures / Shortcomings
  • Physical Overview
  • Price

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Built ** ****** ******

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Comments (16)

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