Ladders are an essential tool for any job that requires reaching elevated areas. The key to a successful and safe project lies in having the right ladder. With various ladder options available, the Little Giant Leveler ladder stands out by combining the best features of different ladder types while adding extra safety measures.
Getting to Know the Little Giant Leveler
The Little Giant Leveler ladder can transform from a compact stepladder to a straight ladder with just a few adjustments. By releasing the hinge locks and using the round cap on the outside, you can easily switch between the transport/storage position, the stepladder position, and the straight ladder position. The hinge locks ensure secure positioning, though you may need to give the cap an extra push at times.
Quick Lock Fasteners
Located on the top of the base, the four Quick Lock Fasteners allow you to adjust the ladder’s height. Simply pull them out and rotate them 90° to achieve the desired height. While these fasteners are easy to use, they may require a bit more effort if your hands are sweaty or oily.
Pro Tip: When adjusting both the angle and height of your ladder, start with the angle first. This way, the hinge lock will be easier to reach.
The signature feature of the Little Giant Leveler ladder is the ratcheting leveler located at the bottom of the ladder’s non-wheel side. This leveler ensures stability even on uneven surfaces. Simply kick down one of the levelers to keep the ladder level on the ground.
To extend the leveler, you’ll hear the ratchet action. To retract it, pull the lever on the side to release the spring. With a bit of practice, you’ll find it easy to extend and retract the leveler using your foot.
Ladder Diagram, Modes, and Features
Straight Ladder Mode
When you need to reach rooftops or other high work areas, the Little Giant Leveler ladder can transform into a straight ladder that rivals the height of an extension ladder. Models are available in different sizes, ranging from 17 feet to 26 feet. The ladder’s height can be adjusted in increments between 11 feet and 22 feet.
The ratchet leveler comes in handy in straight ladder mode, allowing you to achieve a stable setup even on slightly uneven surfaces. Whether you’re working at a wide or shallow angle, you’ll be able to level the ladder effectively.
The Little Giant Leveler ladder offers excellent versatility in stepladder mode, allowing you to work at heights ranging from 5 feet to 9 feet. The ladder rungs are designed to provide comfort and stability, with their flat surface and width of approximately 1 inch. At lower heights, the rungs double up to offer a wider foothold for added comfort.
Using the quick lock fasteners, you can adjust the ladder’s height on either side independently. This feature enables you to work on stairs, slopes, or simply add height when needed.
Pro Tip: When working on a vertical surface, extend one end by one rung. This will bring the top of the ladder closer to the work surface while maintaining stability.
With the purchase of additional brackets, you can separate the inner and outer frames of the Little Giant Leveler ladder and utilize it as a base for scaffolding. This allows you to position scaffolding boards at the desired height. Please note that we did not test this feature as we didn’t have the necessary equipment.
Weight and Portability
Weighing in at 44 pounds, the Little Giant Leveler ladder offers durability and versatility. Made of aluminum, it incorporates extra components to ensure long-lasting performance. While it may not be the lightest multi-position ladder available, it is 4 pounds lighter than comparable models from Werner.
The ladder features wheels that facilitate movement on hard surfaces and can be moderately effective on short grass. However, on most job sites, you’ll find yourself carrying the ladder rather than rolling it around.
Note: Placing a ladder rung on your shoulders can shift the weight from your arms to your back, making it easier to carry.
Key Features of the Little Giant Leveler Ladder
- Multi-position design allows for ladder, straight ladder, and scaffolding use
- Ratchet leveler ensures stability on uneven ground
- Hinge locks and quick-lock fasteners provide secure adjustments
- Adjustable height ranges from 5 feet to 9 feet in ladder mode
- Straight ladder mode offers a height range from 11 feet to 22 feet
- 33 different configurations for various work conditions
- Tip & Glide wheels for easier ladder movement
- Type 1A ladder with a 300 lbs. load rating
Price and Value
The Little Giant Leveler ladder is available at a price of $214 for the 22-foot model reviewed in this article. While the cost may be higher compared to similar ladders of the same size and class, the added functionality of the Ratcheting Leveler makes it a worthwhile investment. This ladder’s ability to replace multiple ladders with just one model adds value to your purchase.
The Bottom Line
If you’re in search of a versatile multi-position ladder and don’t mind the additional weight, the Little Giant Leveler is an excellent choice. It offers safety features that give you peace of mind during your projects. While it may be pricier than other models, it provides a comprehensive solution to your ladder needs.
Little Giant Leveler Specifications
- Model: Little Giant 16522
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
- ANSI Tariff Class: Type 1A
- A-frame height range: 5′ – 9′
- Straight ladder range: 11′ – 22′
- Storage Height: 5’7″
- Configuration: 33
- Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 44 lbs.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Price: $214 (exclusive to Lowe’s)