Updated 28 Feb 2012

Rhino

Double-sided Aluminium Ladder DDS03

Bottom line: This stepladder is OK to use and its cross-braced spreaders can be operated with one hand … but it failed the “walking” test and has no grab rail.

Double-sided Aluminium Ladder DDS03
Consumer score
64
Price guide

$68

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Test results

Overall score
OK
64
Safety
OK
6.4/10
Ease of use
OK
6.3/10

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • Aluminium construction.
  • Rated at 120kg.
  • Cross-braced spreaders can be operated with one hand.

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
$68
Passed all safety tests
×

Specifications

Load rating (kg)
120
Number of steps
3
Height (mm)
875
Weight (kg)
4.9
Construction
Aluminium

Features

Grab rail
×
Safety latch
×
Tool tray
×
×