The Japanese tripod ladder was the original design created to cope with the problem of working at height on sloping or uneven ground. As anyone who’s ever had to cut a high bush or trim the branches of a tree will know, the traditional A-Frame ladder struggles to cope with ground which isn’t completely flat, particularly if you’re moving to reach over more than arm’s length at the top.
Japanese tripod ladders were the innovative answer to this problem, utilising three legs to offer greater stability and a wider splayed base. What’s more, the single leg could be pushed close to the centre of an object such as a bush, allowing someone at the top of the ladder far greater access.
Although the Japanese tripod ladder was an excellent design in its own right, we felt it could be made even better, That’s why we improved it to come up with the Henchman Tripod, a product which offers such improved stability and security that it’s become the ladder of choice for organisations such as the NHS, the National Trust and councils, schools and colleges across the UK.
The first thing we did was to recognise that three legs offered some stability, but adjustable legs would offer a far greater degree of flexibility. The fact that either one or all three of the legs on our ladders can be adjusted by as much as 18” means that they are able to cope with everything from a gently sloping lawn to a set of steep garden steps.
At the bottom of each of the three legs you’ll find another henchman innovation – a wide clawed foot which grips the ground and prevents the ladder from sinking into softer surroundings. At the top of the ladder is the final key change we made, one which makes working at height safer and much more comfortable.
At the top of each Henchman Ladder is a wide, 7” platform. The rung above the platform has been removed to allow for extra leg space, and the hand rail at the very top can be leaned against when working two handed, or held onto when you have to reach a little further.
By putting all of these innovations into an aluminium platform ladder capable of taking weights of between 100kg and 150kg we have created a piece of equipment which is lightweight and portable but corrosion proof and hard wearing. We ship for free anywhere in the UK, and the excellence of the finished product is underlined by the fact that we feel able to offer a 3 year guarantee.