3 Stars By David H on 2012-06-12
Good enough ladder, great price.
If you are looking for the most inexpensive pool deck or dock ladder that is good enough, this is the one. The sloping four step version is really nice to have since you don't have to lift your legs up to get on the bottom rung while in the water. It's pretty light construction and mounting attachments - you wouldn't want 280lb men using it over and over. For stronger kids and lighter adults you'll want to be easy on the ladder and it will be fine.
It is reasonably well made, mine had one slightly cracked weld and I had to drill out the holes on the handle where the J hooks mount so that the square part of the carriage bolt would enter the aluminum tube, allowing the J hook to secure flat against the ladder. Punched square holes for the carriage bolts would have been better. Even so, my 8 year old was able to assemble most of it. Mounting it on the dock was not too bad since I removed some boards so I could reach under the dock and hold the lock nuts underneath while tightening the screws. Just be aware that you need to get tools both above and below the dock/deck to fasten the mounts. Not unusual for this kind of ladder.
Since many owners will be mounting it to a dock that is likely bobbing up and down in the water some extra mounting hardware would have been nice. Fortunately I didn't drop anything in the water but it was definitely a concern.
4 Stars By David Coleman on 2017-08-18
Good value. Decent construction.
Took about 30 minutes to assemble, and another 30 to install on our dock. Had to be a little creative wrt installation as some of the dock decking is inaccessible on the bottom. A little bit 'wiggly' but should work fine for our needs. Because of thick winter ice (far northern MN) it is essential that it be removed each season.
5 Stars By Dawn, BTA-MALL Customer. on 2017-07-07
Great Ladder for our tall Pontoon
The packaging was very flimsy for such a large package and it tore easily. Luckily no damage was done and all parts were there. I suggest a bit heavier cardboard box and or tape and or more straps around it. Love this ladder! It was all we expected. Time will tell if it continues to work as well as it did the first time out. Seems GREAT! Everyone (15 of us) loved it (especially compared to the flimsy rope one). It was not difficult to assemble, all the parts were there to assemble and mount it. I did have to buy some stainless screws as where the J hooks hook into the "footman loops" (very wierd name for them) there is no way to mount the washers or plates and nuts on the underside of my pontoon so we had to use wood screws. I also bought longer bolts in case they were needed to go thru the deck. Better to be prepared than wind up 2+ hours from home unable to mount it. Not ideal, but they held well under significant stress of 250 lb people climbing on it. Climbing on the steps, my feet are very sensitive so I wound up using my water shoes (speedo ones with thick sole) but no one else complained...just me and my old feet. I bought extra mounting loops so we can mount it elsewhere. It IS BIG, VERY BIG which is what we needed. storing it is a bit of a challenge, but I have cable locks, so it works fine. We cut 99c store swimming noodles into chunks that fit between the steps on each side alternating colors and slit, then ziptied so #1 it would float if it goes overboard and #2 padding so If we bump ourselves, its padded. cheap insurance the ladder doesn't go to the bottom. Looks colorful too. All in all great ladder appears well made. Not heavy, just large.
5 Stars By Jim on 2016-08-19
Way better than expected.
This ladder was much better than I'd hoped and I'm completely satisfied with it. I love the fact that you can remove it easily from the water which we do at the end of the weekend to keep it from growing algae. IMO, this is a medium duty ladder and if you are using it on weekends or sporadically it will work perfectly. I'd highly recommend this ladder .
By james p.
on 2017-07-05 Sorry I bought it. Could not hold my weight ...
Sorry I bought it. Could not hold my weight (240 lbs) kept pulling out dock decking. Wish I didn't discard the box otherwise I would return it.Extreme Max 3005.3377 3-Step Pontoon/Dock Ladder
Picture shows the vertical rails of the ladder run directly down along the side of the dock. In reality, it is angle out away from sidewall of dock and as such created leverage on the anchor bolts thru the top of the ladder.
5 Stars By A. Hernandez on 2017-04-12
Great for our needs
Love this swim ladder! It suits our needs just fine. Strong aluminum, easy on and off of our swim platform. Good grip when getting out of the water. A best buy.
5 Stars By Patrick on 2017-08-14
Perfect Ladder for us.
Installation wasn't hard but with two of us it made it a lot easier to have someone hold the rails and step together. Our dock is treated wood so I screwed the supports in and attached the ladder. Super easy to take in and out and very convenient for our kids to climb up when they want to get out of the water when swimming at the end of the dock. Very happy with this purchase and would highly recommend.
4 Stars By belleroche on 2015-03-24
I researched many other ladders online and in local stores and found this one to be the best buy for the money
I got this swim ladder to install on a dock. I researched many other ladders online and in local stores and found this one to be the best buy for the money. I didn't give it 5 stars because I cut myself with the edge of one of the steps (VERY SHARP EDGES) while unpacking and installing and because the description makes it sound like you need to buy the dock installation kit separately (you don't). Even thought it did come with the dock installation kit (longs bolts and screws), I ended up going to the hardware store to get long wood nails to avoid having to go under the dock to secure the bolts. It took my boyfriend and me about 30 minutes to put together the ladder and 10 minutes to install it on the dock.
5 Stars By Marine Contractor on 2016-12-11
Good cost to value
We bought this as a safety ladder to retrieve a man or woman overboard for our pile driving barge. The extra length and rigidity are excellent. The lightness makes moving it around on deck easy.
3 Stars By Heather on 2017-08-04
it is a great ladder and does the job
I would have given this 5 stars, but it did not come with the right hardware to install it. I had to go and buy it from the hardware store. The bolts were way too short to install it onto anything.
Other than that... it is a great ladder and does the job!
Despite what others say: it is sturdy and welded just fine.