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Thor-Stand puts ladders on even ground

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March 27, 2012

The Thor-Stand is a leveling device that allows ladders to be safely used on sloping groun...

The Thor-Stand is a leveling device that allows ladders to be safely used on sloping ground

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year about 165,000 Americans are treated for ladder-related injuries. It’s probably safe to assume that the majority of those injuries involve people being on unstable ladders that fall over, and it is those kinds of accidents that a new product known as the Thor-Stand is designed to keep from happening.

The aluminum device clamps onto the base of an existing ladder in less than 30 seconds. It is then swiveled to match the slope of the ground, while the ladder remains perfectly upright – an integrated bubble level ensures that the ladder is indeed straight. Once everything is lined up, the Thor-Stand is locked into position, and climbing can commence.

Other leveling systems do already exist, that consist of individually-adjustable extensions that slide down from each leg of the ladder and lock into place. As the makers of the Thor-Stand point out, however, these setups do nothing to broaden the base of the ladder, unlike their product. Some of them also require mounting holes to be drilled into the ladder, or have feet that don’t sit flush with sloping surfaces.

The Thor-Stand weighs 14 pounds (6.4 kg), works on grades of up to 30 degrees, and can be used with ladders up to 32 feet (9.75 meters) in length. The standard model sells on the company website for US$320, while a tougher Special Duty version goes for $329.

It can be seen in use in the video below.

Source: Thor-Stand

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
5 Comments

Great idea! I would like to be a sales rep for this company in Canada

Christian Howe
27th March, 2012 @ 11:47 am PDT

Just use 3 large C-clamps to attach a 4' long 2x4 to the leg that needs extended.

Slowburn
27th March, 2012 @ 02:11 pm PDT

Love your idea Slowburn. I just don't think legal will buy off on it.

Rt1583
27th March, 2012 @ 09:04 pm PDT

@Slowburn I do something similar, except I use the hollow openings in the steps and position the 2X4 with dowels that go into the steps to prevent torsioning of the 2X4 .

Ed
28th March, 2012 @ 05:16 pm PDT

Could u make one for smaller extention ladders like we have. 16 ft. That is not sooooo expensive. We paid $80 for the ladder can't see paying $320 for this but could us something like this for our ladder.

Sandy Johnobili
22nd November, 2013 @ 09:42 am PST
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