Ladders are a must for any homeowner or contractor. In fact, there have been so many ladders developed over the years, it’s hard to keep track. There are step ladders, attic ladders, roof ladders, extension ladders, stair ladders, rope ladders, pool ladders and the list goes on. I would have to say the coolest ladder is the Multi-Ladder. For me the Multi-ladder is the best for a bunch of reasons. Currently, I have an extension ladder, a large step ladder, a short step ladder and a small platform. If I had a large garage, it would be no big deal, but I hate storing all those ladders. All they do is take up room. However I can’t get rid of them because I need one ladder to get on my roof and another ladder for stuff inside the house. Now with a Multi-ladder, I can ditch all those ladders and just store my multi-ladder. Another reason the multi-ladder is so cool is because when I go to a job, I don’t have to worry about what ladder I need. I can just toss one ladder in the back of my truck and be on my way. No more trying to haul two or three ladders around. Okay, enough whining about my ladder problem, let’s jump into why you are here and that’s the Werner MT 26 Multi Ladder.
Werner basically owns the ladder market. Go to any store, look at the ladder section and you will see a Werner ladder. So why do they own the market? First, they have been making ladders for a long time, so they know what their doing. Second, they make quality ladders. They don’t cut corners, they don’t make junk, they just make a quality ladder, plan and simple. The MT Multi ladder is no exception.
The MT 26 is their largest of the Multi-ladders and allows a user to set the ladder up in 37 different positions. Because this is a multi-ladder, it can take the place of four separate ladders. This ladder can be used as a step ladder, extension ladder, stair ladder and two scaffold bases. This is a heavy duty ladder that is Type 1A rated which means you can support up to 300 lbs. Each Rung is double riveted to the rails. The ladder is made out of aluminum so you don’t have to worry about rust, plus it cuts down on the weight of the ladder compared to other materials. There are several really nice features to this ladder. First, is the wide base of the ladder. At each end of the ladder, it flares out making the base wider and giving the user more stability. At the bottom of the base, each foot has a slip resistant covering to help protect your surface and prevent the ladder from sliding out when the ladder is properly set up.
Now I have to say this is one of the most comfortable multi ladders I have used and one of the easiest to set up. The rungs are 1′ wide, so stepping up and down is very easy. The Rungs are flat where you step which also makes it comfortable. The rails are 2-5/8″, smooth and curved which makes it comfortable holding onto when climbing up or down the ladder. The best part of this ladder is how easy it is to set up. Werner designed this ladder with J-Hooks which makes it very easy to adjust the height of each section. They also lock into place in a snap. In the middle, there is a push button on each side of the ladder which allows the ladder to be moved from a step ladder to an extension ladder. Just push them in and walk the ladder out. They will automatically lock into place once it’s set up. Even though it locks into place, it’s always good to double check, just in case.
Setting up this ladder to function as a step ladder is a piece of cake. The ladder can be set up anywhere from 6′ to 11′. Even when we had the ladder set up at the highest point, it was stable and I felt comfortable being towards the top. You can really feel the difference with the base being flared. You can also have a load limit on each side of the step ladder of 300 lbs. (Only when the unit is together as a whole, you can not use them as two separate step ladders).
The Mt 26 can also be used as an extension ladder and can be set up from 13′ to 23′. When placing this against a wall, both the top and bottom flare of this ladder make it very stable. Even at it’s high point of 23′, we didn’t feel much flex in the middle like we have seen with other ladders. I am going to bring this up, but don’t take my word, check the owners manual. Using this to get on a roof is great, but for me, I took the top flare piece off the unit. I will leave it on if I need the extra height. The reason I took take it off is because it was easier for me getting on and off the roof without the flare. With the flare on, it is still extremely easy, it was just about comfort for me. I didn’t feel like I had to step around anything to get back onto the ladder.
Stair ladder is the third type of ladder this unit can be set up as. I don’t use that function much, but it’s great knowing I have the ability if I need it. The unit can be set up anywhere from 6′ to 11′ which makes it perfect to access anywhere on almost any stairs. Again with the J-Hooks, it is very easy to set up and adjust.
Here is the best option of this ladder, the ability to set it up as a scaffolding base. You will still need a plank, but having the option is awesome. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to work on steady ground, not having to worry about moving ladders and just saving time. A user can set this up to use at 4’10”. When we set the scafolding up, this was very solid. Partly because the flare of the bottom of the ladder and partly because we were using a Werner PA206 plank. Another nice item when setting this up as scaffolding is you don’t need extra pieces to turn this into two bases like you do with other systems, so nothing to lose. You can not use these as two separate step ladders. If you take them apart you can only use the step ladder that is one unit with the push button locks, not the one that has two separate pieces that go together with the J-Hooks.
While ladders can make your life easier, they can also be dangerous if you don’t treat them with care. I am not going to go all into ladder safety, (Check Ladder Safety to learn more), but I do want to bring up three items you should always consider.
- Correct Angle – When you place a ladder against a building, make sure you always have the correct angle of about 75°. To get this angle, place your feet at the butt or bottom of the ladder. If you can touch the rails with your amrs being straight, you are close to a 75° and are in the correct position.
- Rungs – Rungs of the ladder should always be 3 to 5 rungs above the roof line when going onto a roof
- Check Ladder – Always check your ladder before you use it. Make sure there are no bends, breaks or other dangerous problems with your ladder. I know, who does that? It’s the same thing as you are always supposed to do a walk around of your car and check for bubbles in your tire wall etc, but who does that? Well….
Multi Ladder Weight
Looking around I see a lot of people complaining about weights of different Multi ladders. Before you buy a Multi ladder, you have to ask yourself, what will you be using this ladder for? What is the highest point you will need? This will help dictate what size ladder you will need. The smaller the ladder, the less it will weigh. If you don’t need the MT 26, go with another ladder in the MT line. It will save space, lower the weight and save you frustration. For me, I wanted the MT 26 for a couple different reasons. First, I like the ability to get into higher places with the Step ladder and the extension ladder. Also, the Scaffolding can sit higher, which helps me on a lot of certain jobs. Personally I like a heavier ladder, well not when I am carrying it around, but when it’s set up. If I am using an extension ladder, I like the extra weight, it’s more down force on the ground and I feel like less chance of the ladder walking away or sliding out from underneath me. The Werner MT is a light line considering everything you can do and the stability and safety it offers, plus ease of use.
Overall I think this is the best multi ladder on the market. When Werner designed the MT series, they hit a home run. The ladder is comfortable, easy to use and I feel safe using it. The ability to have four ladders in one, makes this a perfect ladder to own and with the Werner name behind this ladder, I know it’s quality and it will last me a lifetime. There isn’t much flex compared to other brands, so if you are looking for a safe, easy to use and functional ladder, the Werner MT Series is it.
Eric-Dan good review. As wide as the ladder is at the top when you leaned it on the garage roof, how would you
get around the top to get back on the ladder if you were working alone? I have a one peace 16 foot aluminum (or how ever you
spell it) ladder I use to get up on the roof and a 6 foot fiber glass step ladder for general use. I work alone all the time
and wonder some times how I am gonna get off the roof without breaking my neck if the ladder slips.
DAN I make it a point NOT to walk under ladders, WHY PRESS YOUR LUCK.
You can take the top section of the ladder off, like we have in one of the pictures. I end up working alone most of the time also. That is one thing i like about this ladder, it feels very secure.
great review. didn’t realize the werner multi laders were so good I always carry different ladders from job to job. would be nice to have one ladder like this. i was going to buy the little giant, but this looks much better looks like I will be buying this ladder, just a smaller size.
looks much better than the little giant ladder. all my ladders are werner, but now it looks like I am getting a multiladder. Iam like marty, I am going to get a smaller size for my needs
I was going to get my husband a Little Giant because he has been talking about that ladder. What would you recommend, this or the Little Giant?
I like the Werner much better. Feels safer and less expensive. This is probably the best multi ladder or at least i think it is.
nice ladder review..own little giant xtreme 26..rocklocks,airdock station,full tank paint tray,standing platform ,tip glide wheels,independent adjustments.
lifetime warranty..52.2 lbs…werner 26 lookscool ,most likely
cheaper price than little giant.werner good brand.tks Erick for
idea gave me…take top flare off mine to.cheers
Great review. Why waste extra money on a little giant when this seems better and cost less.
Wish I saw this review earlier. We bought 3 little giant ladder systems a month ago and they are aweful as extension ladders. Very unsafe and has lots of flex. When I saw you guys climb the werner, it looked stable with no flex at the pivot points. Maybe I can take the other ladders back and get the werner ladders.
True story. I have a Little Giant, now 6 years old. Sits on the roof of my truck in all kinds of weather. Still works fine, spray a little silicone on the pivot points and all is good. Only thing I’ve had to do is replace an end cap on one of the steps. When i called L.G. I received a heart filled apology, and they sent me four end caps, at no charge, “just in case”I broke another one, which I haven’t.
Now a coworker has an MT-22. Its about 2 years old, and he has already had to replace almost all the feet, either because they fell out, or the rubber is worn away and the ladder wouldn’t stand straight and even, and he had to replace one of the knobs on the hinge assembly. I helped him order the parts, which with shipping came to the tune of about $75.00. So know you know why the Werner is cheaper, then the Little Giant. Cheaper low grade parts, and no lifetime warranty.
That being said, you folks make the choice. I’m sticking with Little Giant IF I ever had to buy another ladder.
Great writeup Eric, you really added some great points and pictures!! This ladder seems perfect for 85% of people, it is so flexible in which you can have it perform different jobs! Definitely a great buy! Werner makes some good stuff, we have a 12 foot wener aluminum and its great, Keep up the great reviews!
sold my m22 little giant few years ago to a buddy..purchased the
little giant 26 extreme for 9 months.on phone with m22 owner..
told bring it to my house..we would take it apart.lube on it.
hinge comes off ,after remove 2 clips.clips removed and handle.
whack it hard top ..pop out…used superlube on hinge were slide
through each other..spring lock cleaned with wd-40..dry..wipe
superlube all over it..lube j locks…pull with a pinky now..lol.
next thing we did..drilled right through plate hinge at very top
on all 4 sides.top 3 rivets made 19/64 holes around them .3 extra.
on 4 sides..installed 12 grade 10 stainless bolts, nuts,lockwashers.
put blue locktite on threads.crank them down..bolts takes play out
of the hinge..ladder extended out..we jump on it hard few times.
easy upgrade.thought about running bolts 2am .stainless bolts look
like belong there.first time m22 been greased,,,,was dry.take one
apart you be able to see..removing hinge best way to lube it…sprayed pblaster, silicone,wd-40..inside bushing around inch
in diameter..looks like aluminum bushing.dry.lube made it much
smoother..bolts stiffened it up.all nighter lots of beer..fun to
do.later..need to relax….do i see a werner versus littlegiant
ladder in a friday tool fight.hahhhahaaa.cheers
I dont agree. I had a little ladder that was junk. Bought the werner and its been awesome. My feet held up perfect
doesn’t even begin to compare to the Little Giant brand not to mention Little Giants have a lifetime warranty werner has none
gorilla ladders vanished ..wait werner and gorilla ladder are the same.
another china product copying little giant design..stay with little
giant made in utah.didnt,t like twisted rungs on gorilla..werner has
the same design..20 feet air standing on forge aluminum foil rungs.
not me.buy revolution 22 ladder ..ebay 26 extreme..22 be much easier
to extend .did mine on windy day…close breaking attic window.roof
not so high that i need 26..come to me 22 ..homedepot..$333.00.no disrespect to werner..owned some past..multi ladder i choose what
i own and use..going by looks of rungs ..like giant better.cheers
little giant is also now made in china..early versions were usa..some
say assemeled in usa…newer ones say made in china..oh well ladders
not that exciting anyway..buy what makes you happy..be safe not
fall off….or walk under like Dan did..have all that bad luck.
great Dan,,so funny.Dan brave one.cheers
I use a Vulcan multi ladder… Awesome ladder that’s just as good or better then any of the ladders mentioned
Love the review, and own a MT-22 that is awesome…you said it best “if you want one, all purpose ladder, this is it”.
However, I recently saw these ladders:
It intrigued me…any plan to do a review of them?
Yes possibly we are in talks for a ladder like that