The Expanding World of Telesteps
Posted by Mark Hunter - April 07, 2011
The concept is simple. You take a ladder. A big ladder. The sort of ladder you'd expect to use to paint eaves, tend to windows or generally access places that are higher than our shoulders.
Then you shrink the ladder.
So that you're not lumbering around with a big ladder. You see, even when extending ladders have been closed, they're still pretty big. If you want to use them indoors you've got the nightmare of navigating hallways, doorways, stairways all the whiel taking care not to chip the paint or scratch the wallpaper as you weave your way around.
And if you operate any sort of vehicle, you need to buy and fit a roof rack system to transport the ladders because they're not going to fit in the back of your van or car, are they?
You see, if you've shrunk that big ladder down, it would make sense to shrink it to such a size that you could fit it in the back of your van. Or your car. Or your smart car...
And that's exactly the concept behind Telesteps telescopic ladders. Take a big ladder, designed for indoor and outdoor access situations, and shrink it down to such a size that you can fit it in the back of your car.
They don't use the sort of technology used by Makita to shrink their t-shirts, but rather, using high quality aluminium components, they've created a world of telescopic access equipment.
We enjoyed a visit recently from Derek Gray of Telesteps, and he sat down in our studio to answer a series of questions about the company and the products they produce. Watch it here (and watch out, in particular, for the 3.8m black line ladder 10 second challenge).
Telesteps aren't the oldest company in the world. They're not the biggest either, as Derek explains above.
However, they do understand the market they're aiming at, and as Derek hints at, they're planning some more innovations to the world of telescopic access equipment.
For example, they've already diversified from ladders. They also produce top-selling loft ladders (and if you've ever wondered how to measure for the correct Telesteps loft ladder for your property or how to properly - and easily - fit the springs to your loft ladder, watch this).
That's the Telesteps 61209 Black Line Telescopic platform in action. I shot the above video and I can testify that it took around 1 minute for Derek to unpack, extend, and then re-pack the platform the demo. There's no gimmick, it really does seem to be as simple and effective as Telestep claim.
However, I'm always skeptical about access equipment that can be reduced in size and stored in the boot of my smart car.
Are they as safe as a "normal" set of industrial, extension ladders?
Well, in the above video, Derek asserts that Telesteps won't produce a piece of telescopic access equipment that doesn't conform to EN13B. He likens it to the MOT tests are cars are subjected to. Basically, the ladders, or access platforms, are put through a series of stress tests, including being able to support weights up to 150kg. Once they meet this standard, they're awarded EN13B status.
But Telesteps, according to Derek, like to make sure their products excel that standard.
In other words, yes. They are as safe as "normal" ladders.
They just happen to fit really nicely into the back of my very small car.
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