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Old 05-17-2014, 10:54 AM   #21
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I'm not trying to hijack here.

What do I need to look for when buying used scaffolding?

All the same brand?

Braces? Are they all the same or are there different ones for wood vs mason type?

Bender you now have me all fired up to search again for some.
I'd stick with one brand. We started with Safway, so we've stuck with them.

Check that the frames aren't bent, there's nothing worse than wrestling with a bent frame 35 feet up.

An easy locking system on the studs for the cross braces. We like Safway's system for ease of assembly.

Most commercial jobs use walk-through frames everywhere, we prefer to use them only on the first level, and the switch to mason's frames after that.

As I said earlier, I think side brackets are essential. They let you set up a working platform between the scaffold tower and the wall. Buy 20-inch ones and they'll hold the regular scaffold plank/deck.

One disadvantage of using side brackets is having to prevent "overturn"=the scaffold tower tipping over because of workers and material outside the footprint. That usually mean pinning the whole structure together and using some counterweight. Often, you'll see additional scaffold frames hung on the outside of the towers. You can also use outriggers on the base to widen the footprint, but we find those awkward to work around at ground level.

We've used both 7-foot and 10-foot-long systems. The 7-footers are more common and easier to install with a small crew.
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Most scaffold is interchangable but I would make sure to have each section all the same. When buying used just make sure its not bent, rusted or anything that would case them to be difficult to assemble or a become safety issue.
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Most scaffold is interchangable but I would make sure to have each section all the same. When buying used just make sure its not bent, rusted or anything that would case them to be difficult to assemble or a become safety issue.
Or almost...at least that's been our experience. Having half of your frames a fraction of an inch narrower is an exercise in frustration. When we need more frames than we have, we learned not to rent more of them locally, because their brand isn't quite the same.

EDIT: Should you be working in an area where OSHA or the state program is vigilant/obnoxious, you're supposed to have written documentation from the manufacturer that if 's OK to use with other brands. Not that anybody does that, but I'm just sayin'.

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I picked this up for $300 last fall. I think there was 14 pieces, or enough to make 7 sections, 4 wheels, 4 screw jacks and 4 aluminum planks. Plus safety rails
Thats a crazy good deal. I picked up 12 sets,screw jacks and casters for 70 a set. No walkboards though. I thought I had a hook up. Nice score.
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Thanks guys. I looked online and only found a few around here, prices all over the place. I think a visit to Lynn Ladder is coming this week.

No Bill no midnight shopping.

Gough I did look up Safway and if Lynn Ladders doesn't have all I want then Safeway it will be.

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