How many use a ladder stopper

I am big guy, 6’2", 300.

I have a 24 ft. extension ladder and I am strongly considering getting a ladder stopper. What is the boards thoughts on these? Is it a must have and very safe?

Do you only use these on concrete and tile?:confused:

Thanks guys.

I got mine a month ago and have used it on any and all surfaces.

The one spot I haven’t tried yet is a wood deck which is slippery. I still perfer a human body to be down there holding the ladder. Any tried a wet/slippery wood surface?

I have a ladder stopper and never had a problem using it with my ladder on a wood floor, in fact, I tend to mostly ONLY use it for that purpose to be honest. It is well worth the cost and added security it gives you on the ladder if you don’t have a guy around to hold the ladder.

I purchased a Ladder Stopper 3-4 years ago, and have used it inside and out.

Great on tile, hardwood, linoleum, concrete, wood and composite decking, concrete, and even extremely low-pile commercial carpet. I’ve used it on composite roofing as well.

For slippery decking, I pre-wipe the deck with a towel.

For new construction concrete flooring with heavy dust, I pre-wipe the floor, and make sure there is no dust buildup on the rubber.

I appreciate all the advice guys. I am one man team, so I will be doing this solo most of the time. I am not going to risk life. or injury to get to a very high window unsafely.

Any advice where to pick up a good one affordably? Thanks.

I have used tool box shelf liner on hardwood floors and slippery tile. just put it under your ladder feet and it wont slide at all. been doing it that way for years. Also works on decks.


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I know guys have been using other things for years w/out incident but as you said taking chances w/ your life for a high window doesn’t make sense.

Dont worry about the price on these bad boys my friend. Take it from someone who was very lucky twice. Well worth the money.

Both times the ladder fell out under me. The first time not a big issue, I landed and had the wind knocked out of me. Got up, checked that all my parts where in place, checked my shorts for any debris :wink:
2nd time ladder slipped out again under me. Grabbed the window sill and was hanging from the 2nd floor. The window was closed all I could do was force my channel under the sash to pry it open. When I climbed inside the home I was not to concerned with how I got in. I just wanted in. I ended up pulling off the molding on the window sill. I was able to hammer it back in. The customer was not home cause she ran out for stuff. I told her what happened and she was just happy I was not hurt. Even with a helper on site, you still will use it. When my helper is doing other stuff and I need to ladder. The stopper comes out. Once again don’t worry about the money cause if you are sitting in a wheel chair for the rest of your life I’m willing to bet you would have paid $1000 for the thing.

every time im not sure about the surface im gonna place my ladder because of it being slippery i put a bath mat down first an my ladder on that. worked great so far.

I have found it useful in many situations.

For ladders on carpets I think the protection it offers the carpet is a good idea to protect the customers property. I think the weight of a narrow sectional foot with a 200 lb man on it could damage the carpet backing to some degree.

I do worry about ladder stoppers on gravel though as you may get a surfboard type effect. I have not encountered the situation but it seems plausible.

They are a must on soggy lawns too, the list goes on.

Its a good investment when you can afford it.

Ladderstopper is a great safety device. But I would also get a LadderM8trix, this will not slip on wet decking, on ice or snow, leaked oil etc. Between the two, indoor and outdoor floors should be safe to use a ladder on.

i use slide on ladder spikes (HAILO make ) for all outside work, they dig in and catch on small grooves in decking ,paving etc . they feel very reassuring on the green decking

Personally, I’ve never used a ladder stop in 20 yrs and never heard of one til now and honestly i probably wouldn’t buy one. just one extra item to have to lug around.
Ladder levelers and a 12"x24" non skid pad works for me and have never had an accident

Only exception that I might consider is on an extremely sloped landscape and I don’t know how the ladder stop would work there anyway. the old school for steep slopes is a 3’ crowbar pounded into the ground hooking over the bottom rung.

With a Ladder Stopper, one could avoid having to lug another employee (footing the ladder) around.

A Rojak Ladder Stopper is not intended to be used in this situation.

I got my chance a few days ago! We used it on a wet wood deck. The deck was in good condition, but the tool worked like a charm with a guy on a 32’.

I’m in 400-500 homes a year and find that I could count on 1 hand the amount of times I would need someone to foot a ladder, excluding extreme slopes(which you said it wouldn’t work on) and I hope that people don’t lug employees around just to foot ladders as your statement implied :wink:

I’ve tried just about every setup known over the years and I find If all my ladders have ladder levelers and standoffs(extension ladders) on them and use good sense, then I don’t need much else. Except, a nonskid pad for inside and that folds up and can be tucked away anywhere.

Not saying it’s not a good item or that the ladder stop doesn’t work. It looks nice and sturdy.
I was just inputing my opinion on the need for one. I have yet to hear a situation where it would be worth me spending the extra expense on it vs. my little $2.00 non skid mat. The ladder levelers and standoffs don’t count as they have other safety value to them.

When I replaced my partner, the first thing was a storm holder. Then the ladder stopper. It never complains and they are always on time. It just give you that extra security, hell don’t have time or the money too sit in the hospital.

I feel safer with a Ladder Stopper than non-skid pad. I’m worth the added expense, even for one house.

I certainly wouldn’t risk the safety of my employees with a non-skid pad.

As to feeling safer, I wouldn’t argue that point with you. Do what ever makes you feel secure. I’ve never had or even heard of someone slipping while using a non-slip pad. It’s just another viable option to the ladder stopper

As to your last pointed statement… either you stab at people for voicing their views that differ from your own and force them to your single minded view of doing things or how you feel they should be done.
You have a vested interest in this product and the sale of it or lastly you are ignorant enough to believe others dont care about their employees.

If you own a business then I highly doubt your ignorant, so it leads me to believe your way is the only way people should think or do things or that you gain some sort of benefit from promoting this item.

the Original Poster asked what peoples thoughts were on it and if it was a “must” have item. If it was a “must” have item I probably would have heard of it by now. I just expressed my opinion that there were other options that can work too. As have a few other people voiced theirs, which you have snubbed your nose at what works for them too.

Keep in mind that there can be more than one “right” way to accomplish a task.

I stumbled across this forum thinking it was a place for window cleaners to freely express ideas and thoughts and ask questions w/o feeling like they had to bend to someone else’s view or feel as if they were being pitched by sales reps to push a product. If this forum is that type of environment, please tell me now and I will seek another forum to share thoughts, ideas and experiences.