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    Question Step ladders, aluminum vs fiberglass

    I need to buy another 8 foot step ladder since I damage my fiberglass ladder. I have been reading the cons and pros about aluminum vs fiberglass. Which one would you prefer and why? I need to replace an 8 foot fiberglass ladder. I'm considering a aluminum ladder because of a foldable shelf, ligher and cheaper. None of the fiberglass ladders have the shelf. The only electrical work I may do with it is changing out light bulbs. I never owned a aluminum step or extension ladder. All of them have been fiberglass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    I need to buy another 8 foot step ladder since I damage my fiberglass ladder. I have been reading the cons and pros about aluminum vs fiberglass. Which one would you prefer and why? I need to replace an 8 foot fiberglass ladder. I'm considering a aluminum ladder because of a foldable shelf, ligher and cheaper. None of the fiberglass ladders have the shelf. The only electrical work I may do with it is changing out light bulbs. I never owned a aluminum step or extension ladder. All of them have been fiberglass.
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    Aluminum gets sloppy as all hell over the years making it dangerous oh and not an entry level one either. Get a good one. 8 feet is a lot of levering on a cheap ladder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    I need to buy another 8 foot step ladder since I damage my fiberglass ladder. I have been reading the cons and pros about aluminum vs fiberglass. Which one would you prefer and why? I need to replace an 8 foot fiberglass ladder. I'm considering a aluminum ladder because of a foldable shelf, ligher and cheaper. None of the fiberglass ladders have the shelf. The only electrical work I may do with it is changing out light bulbs. I never owned a aluminum step or extension ladder. All of them have been fiberglass.
    My ladders are a few years old, but for 8' or taller, I've never felt as stable on an aluminum step ladder as on fiberglass. I do use a 6' aluminum ladder for light work, but it moves around a lot more than my 8' and 10' orange ones. (If you went up one weight class, you might find better rigidity.) When I'm working up high though, I don't want to have to worry about my stance. Loss of the folding shelf can be an issue for painting, but for other work, my tools fit into the holes and indents in the black plastic top, as does a 1-qt paint can. I've fallen once, so my vote goes to fiberglass, despite the weight. (For extension ladders, I vote the other way since weight matters more.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    I need to buy another 8 foot step ladder since I damage my fiberglass ladder. I have been reading the cons and pros about aluminum vs fiberglass. Which one would you prefer and why? I need to replace an 8 foot fiberglass ladder. I'm considering a aluminum ladder because of a foldable shelf, ligher and cheaper. None of the fiberglass ladders have the shelf. The only electrical work I may do with it is changing out light bulbs. I never owned a aluminum step or extension ladder. All of them have been fiberglass.
    Recently bought this Werner aluminum one from Lowes, lots of capabilities, easy to carry, fairly cheap, very well built.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Werner-MT-A...adder/50398354
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    Recently bought this Werner aluminum one from Lowes, lots of capabilities, easy to carry, fairly cheap, very well built.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Werner-MT-A...adder/50398354
    I have several of these. They are awesome but heavy as mother you know what. Still will use one of these over a standard 8' fiberglass. You can stand on both sides of the Werner. If I only need a 4' I'll take a fiberglass all day. These werner's are built to be an A-Frame or extension type ladder. Only downside is it's weight and cost. If I could only have one ladder at the house it would be the Werner.
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    I use fiberglass. This largely do to I work construction , and my employer along with most industrial customers do not allow aluminum ladders on the job site. I think this is do to aluminum being a conductor. Whatever the reason the safety guys only allow fiberglass ladders on the job, so they must be better.
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    As others said, Fiberglass.
    I also have one similar to what Old Cajun post.
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    I have the exact ladder OC posted and it's a nice ladder with multiple uses. After dragging the heavy thing around the yard all day doing light work I went and bought an 8' fiberglass to replace the one I broke when I purchased the adjustable aluminum ladder. An 8' fiberglass ladder is just dang handy to have around.
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    I vote for fiberglass, and on mine I bought a add on shelf. I know costs more but have had it for 10 years now and going strong.
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