Updated 28 Feb 2012

Bailey

Handi Step FS10408

Bottom line: This stepladder is OK to use and light … but it’s short and failed the “walking” and stile-bending tests.

Handi Step FS10408
Consumer score
56
Price guide

$40

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Test results

Overall score
OK
56
Safety
Just OK
5.2/10
Ease of use
OK
6.5/10

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • Lightest ladder (3.1kg).

But

  • Failed "walking" test.
  • Failed stile-bending test.
  • Shortest ladder (579mm).
  • No grab rail.

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
$40
Passed all safety tests
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Specifications

Load rating (kg)
100
Number of steps
2
Height (mm)
579
Weight (kg)
3.1
Construction
Plastic

Features

Grab rail
×
Safety latch
×
Tool tray
×