Updated 28 Feb 2012

Alco

3 Step DSS3

Bottom line: This stepladder is easy to use … but failed the “walking” and tread-to-stile shear tests, and doesn’t have a stated load rating.

3 Step DSS3
Consumer score
48
Price guide

$79

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Test results

Overall score
Just OK
48
Safety
Poor
3.6/10
Ease of use
Good
7.5/10

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Equal-best for ease of folding and unfolding.
  • Grab rail.
  • Latch-secured top step.

But

  • Failed "walking" test.
  • Failed tread-to-stile shear test.
  • Load rating not stated.
  • No safety markings on ladder.

How we test

Our test of stepladders was conducted in an independent testing laboratory.

Overall score includes:

Safety (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

Safety is based on the number of safety tests passed. The tests are based on the standard for portable ladders AS/NZS 1892.1:1996.

First we applied vertical loads to the steps and then added various side forces, to measure stability and how much the ladder’s feet “walked” as they swayed side-to-side. The maximum “walk” allowed for portable ladders is 79mm under the safety standard.

Next we placed vertical loads as stated in the standard on to the treads, to see whether these loads would bend the stiles and treads or shear the tread-to-stile joints. Finally we did a second “walking” test to see if these tests had weakened the ladders and stepladders.

Ease of use evaluates the ease of folding/unfolding the stepladders and how secure the stepladders felt when being stood on.

Price is the price we paid in November and December 2011.

Full specs

Model

Price guide
$79
Passed all safety tests
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Specifications

Number of steps
3
Height (mm)
1236
Weight (kg)
6.7
Construction
Steel

Features

Grab rail
Safety latch
Tool tray
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