Updated 28 Feb 2012

Indalex

Slimline Folding 3 Step Ladder TS80-3

Bottom line: This stepladder is very easy to use and is equal-best for folding and unfolding, and feeling secure … but it failed the “walking” test and has no grab rail.

Slimline Folding 3 Step Ladder TS80-3
Consumer worth considering
69
Price guide

$106

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Test results

Overall score
OK
69
Safety
OK
6.4/10
Ease of use
Very good
8.0/10

Good points

  • Very easy to use.
  • Equal-best for ease of folding and unfolding.
  • Equal-best for feeling secure.
  • Aluminium construction.
  • Only 45mm thick when folded.

But

  • Failed "walking" test.
  • 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
$106
Passed all safety tests
×

Specifications

Load rating (kg)
100
Number of steps
3
Height (mm)
1050
Weight (kg)
4.6
Construction
Aluminium

Features

Grab rail
×
Safety latch
×
Tool tray
×
×