Although many construction companies and private individuals go for new scaffolds for safety reasons, some still prefer renting or purchasing used scaffolding systems. This is mainly because of the savings that they can get from the operational costs. If you are thinking that you cannot find an efficient equipment among these hand-me-downs, rethink again as…
Although many construction companies and private individuals go for new scaffolds for safety reasons, some still prefer renting or purchasing used scaffolding systems. This is mainly because of the savings that they can get from the operational costs. If you are thinking that you cannot find an efficient equipment among these hand-me-downs, rethink again as there could be good-buys waiting for you there. But before buying from the nearest local dealer, be sure that you have mastered a guideline on how to choose the best for your construction needs and your budget as well.
Begin with a physical inspection of the different parts. Check the pipe one by one if they are bent or crooked. Be keen to spot cracks and rusts too as these can affect their quality. Have a checklist of the parts and their ideal number to compose an efficient system. A typical tower has standards, ledgers, transoms, platforms and clamps. Inquire from a scaffolding manufacturer the required number of pieces for each of these so that you can avoid guessing.
Dealers and private owners may offer second-hand pieces of equipment such as this. While buying from an owner you trust is fine, buying from a dealer might be better. For one, dealers would only sell items that passed quality check. They ensure that the used systems they sell are still in good condition and are still safe to carry loads of weight. Expect though that dealer prices are higher. Research for dealers online and inquire about their offers. Even before you close a deal with them, know the policies for returns and warranties. As you are purchasing a used scaffolding system, be ready to pay for the repairs and replacements on your own because most dealers do not offer relevant policies anymore.
Going back to the physical inspection of the parts, scrutinize each of the parts for any sign of damage or careless use. Rust formations are to be expected since they are no longer new. However, excessive rust especially on the parts which are most likely not to rust quickly could be an obvious warning for you not to buy it. Overly rusted pipes are already weak. Using them can be the cause of unwanted accidents. The major pipe types are the standards, ledgers and transoms. The standards are the vertical ones; the foundation of which is attached to the ground. The ledgers are the horizontal pipes. The transoms are the criss-cross pipes that run in between the standards.
As for the clamps of a used scaffolding system, make sure that they open and close with ease. Test them one by one. If otherwise happens, excessive rust could be keeping them from opening and closing without difficulty. The platforms come optional with second-hand systems. If your chosen system includes them, inspect the board for cracks. Wooden platforms also rot; be mindful if the whole board is already rotten. If you have aluminum boards, scrutinize if they have indention or hollow parts. Choose to buy or rent a set of good platforms for that matter.