In this article from Tools of the Trade editor Chris Ermides, the tool guru reviews two new problem solving ladders from Werner.

The Dual Purpose Ladder converts from a stepladder to an extension ladder thanks to a special hinge and clips that lock it in its respective position. Available in 6-foot, 7-foot, and 8-foot stepladder versions, they convert to 11-, 13-, and 15-foot extension ladders, respectively. Additional features include 3-inch-deep steps from bottom to top, oversized feet for added footing, and a padded V-rung when extended for working on things like wall corners, pole, or trees.

OSHA regulations specifically state that because traditional stepladders are designed to be self-supporting, they should not be leaned directly against a vertical surface. Werner’s new Leansafe Ladder, however, is a newly designed stepladder that can be leaned against flat wall surfaces, wall corners, poles, and wall studs. The Leansafe has a Type 1A duty rating and a load capacity of up to 300 pounds. The Leansafe has large, non-marring rubber pads that Werner says maximize contact with the ground in both standard set-up and in leaning mode. The rear ladder rails lock in place when closed, and it features rubber bumper pads, a magnet for holding metal tools or bits, and holes on the top to secure various tools.

The Dual-Purpose ladder sells for $192 (6 foot), $219 (7 foot) and $254 (8 foot). The LeanSafe is available in 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-foot options. Prices range from $115 to $370.

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