You store your products, tools, and items on shelves in a warehouse. When the time comes to retrieve them or place new items on those high shelves you don't want to haul everything up and down a ladder. The hassle of holding onto the ladder and your bulky item becomes annoying and is unsafe. What you need are stairs to climb up and down safely but they would just get in the way. Luckily there is a mobile ladder that emulates stars.
The Warehouse Ladder, also known as a Rolling Warehouse Ladder, comes in handy when you need to carry bulky items up and down a ladder. With the stair type ladder you are able to climb safely toward and away from your ladder. Handrails are placed on the side as well as the top for user safety and stability. Casters are built in most of them providing mobility for your ladder. There are locks next to your wheels to keep your ladder in place while the spring-loaded casters lock into place once weight is applied on your ladder. You can get rolling warehouse ladders with steps ranging from 1 step to 19 steps with treads on every step.
Warehouse ladders are made out of three different materials: Aluminum, Fiberglass, and Steel. If you are an electrician then you will need a Fiberglass. The main advantages of aluminum over the steel are it weighs less and aluminum doesn’t corrode like steel and can be used in food processing and chemical plants. The downside is the OSHA rated weight capacity. The aluminums are designed for an OSHA rating of 300 or 350 lbs capacity while certain steel ones are OSHA rated at up to 600 and 800 lbs. Steel is considered as the more popular of the three and there is a bigger selection of steel warehouse ladders over aluminum and fiberglass.
There are two types of warehouse ladders, double entry and single entry.
- Double Entry / Crossovers
The double entry warehouse ladder, or known as crossover, provides access at two sides. The crossover ladder is mounted to the floor and gives efficient and safe passage over equipment, machines, conveyors, and obstacles. There are rails on both sides from the first step to the last step to prevent falling over. Some crossover ladders have casters installed for easy access to machinery and to stock your supplies on high shelves. There are rubber pads on both ends to lock the ladder into position.
- Single Entry
Single entry warehouse ladders are what most people think of when they hear warehouse ladder. Single entry gives you only the original entry. The more popular and used of the two types, single entry is used mainly in stockrooms and warehouses they provide a sturdy mobile stairs to access high shelves and work areas.
Special Single Entry
There are multiple different kinds of single entry warehouse ladders that can fit the need of the user.
- Easy Turn Directional
The easy turn directional rolling ladder give you the ability to maneuver your warehouse ladder through narrow aisles and confined spaces. The easy turn directional rolling ladder uses two sets of spring-loaded casters. Depending on the height of your ladder the width is set at 34”, 39”, or 42” up to 12 steps with 39” and 42” up to 16 steps. The easy turn directional is usually made in 6-12 steps.
- All Directional
Even thinner then the easy turn directional, the all directional rolling ladder has five spring-loaded casters instead of four. Being able to pivot easier and having a smaller width the all directional rolling ladder can maneuver in tighter corners than the easy turn directional rolling ladder. The width is set at 24”, 30”, and 32” up to 12 steps with 40” and 42” up to 16 steps. The all directional is usually made in 6 – 12 steps.
- Work Platform
Not to be confused with an accessory, the work platform warehouse ladder is designed with a large platform at the top stop step to allow room for tools and additional people. The platform is 24” or 36” wide giving plenty of room to work in. The work platform is usually made in 2, 3, or 4 steps.
- Tilt and Roll
Designed in 1992, tilt and roll warehouse ladders gained popularity with its mobility and easy to use capability. With wheels on the front you just pull back on the handlebars and you can wheel it to the destination you had in mind. The straddle base design allows you to use your ladder in cluttered areas. With no bars underneath the steps you can place your straddle base tilt and roll warehouse ladder over a permanent obstacle. The tilt and roll is usually made in 3 – 6 steps.
The Fold-N-Store rolling ladder allows you to fold your ladder. This allows you to transport your rolling ladder in a wheelbarrow style and gives you a space saving convenience. You can also replace the rubber feet for skid plates for rough surfaces. The Fold-N-Store is usually made in 5 – 12 steps.
- Lift Table
The lift table has a battery-powered unit that lifts a table up to your top step and back down to the floor. When you have an object that is too heavy to carry up or down your warehouse ladder then you can just simply put it on your lift table and it will transfer it for you. The lift table is made in 5 – 8 steps.
Ready to Buy?
- Globalindustrial.com offers a big selection on Rolling Warehouse Ladders.
- eLadders.com sells Louisville Steel and Fiberglass Warehouse Ladders.
- Choose from a list provided by Material Handling Solutions of Aluminum and Steel Rolling Warehouse Ladders.
- Cottormen Co. offers the Lift Table Ladder.