What Type of Scaffold Tower Do I Need?

Which Scaffold Tower Is Best For Me?

First of all – whether you are buying a tower to use yourself or for your employees to use – you must ensure that whoever has the responsibility of putting it up is a competent person and follows the manufacturers instructions. – You’d be surprised how different makes and models vary in the way you have to put them up. Full training and certification can be arranged by looking at the PASMA website.

What types of aluminium scaffold tower are there?

Although not an exhaustive list there are basically 4 sizes of scaffold tower that I come across. They are either 6ft (1.8m) long or 8ft (2.4m) long; and they are either 1 board wide or 2 boards wide. To work out which one is best for you think about:-
What you need it for?
How high does the tower need to be?
How many people are going to be working on it at any one time?
What weight do you need it to carry?
How much room is there to put it up?
How are you going to transport it between jobs?
Where are you going to store it between jobs?

If you look at each of these:

How many people are going to be working on it at any one time?

If you are going to be working on the tower by yourself can you get away with a 6ft rather than an 8ft? – A 6ft aluminium scaffold tower is much easier to put up by yourself, although you will have to move it more often.

How high?

Be aware that platform height and working height are not the same thing! Some manufacturers quote a working height which includes you the person standing on the board. What this mean is that a 6m working height is only 2 lifts of 2m each rather than 3 lifts! the extra 2m assumes that you can work up to 2m from the board – be aware that this is not always the case.

Are you going to be loading the tower with heavy weights?

If you are then ensure you buy a tower that is up to the job of carrying the weight (e.g. an ALTO tower).

How much room is there to put it up?

Will a double width tower fit in the area that you are working in? – If so then think about buying a double width tower as they are much more stable due to their bigger footprint. (Personal note: I have always preferred a double board tower to a single board as they are easier to climb and feel safer).

How are you going to transport it between jobs?

If you are going to take the tower in the van along with all your other tools -will it fit or will you have to make a special trip? The 8ft towers take up much more room in your van than the 6ft towers!

Where are you going to store it between jobs?

Have you got somewhere safe, secure and easy to put the tower when its not in use. Also note that carrying the poles, stabilisers and kickboards means that it is not a 2 minute job to load and unload a tower into a van or trailers.

I hope you found this useful but if you have any questions please ask us a question using the contact us form and feel free to have a look at the towers we have for sale page…