Mobile aluminium scaffolds are portable towers for undertaking elevated construction work. While not practical or large-scale construction, they are excellent for residential projects in various aspects. For readers unsure about why they should choose aluminium, below are our top reasons for using a mobile scaffold over Kwikstage and Frame scaffolding.
The aluminium towers have excellent stability and safety support despite their mobility. DIY warriors can rest easy knowing outriggers support their movement above ground. These components protrude from the side and act as additional support, leveraging themselves between the middle of the tower and the ground.
Overall safety features are not in short supply with mobile scaffolds. Towers include handrails and ladders specifically for use with the equipment. Local products pass strict Australian standards before vendors can stock them for sale.
Their modular components ensure assembly is easy even for those less experienced. Easy assembly creates less confusion and reduces overall incidents on site.
Mobile aluminium towers incorporate a variety of features making them adaptable across any work site. Modular components allow easy customisation of a rig. It also allows workers to adjust platforms to any height as long as they have the appropriate parts and credentials.
What if a longer or wider platform is required? Tradesmen can choose from a flexible range of models with narrow but longer platforms or towers with a double bay. These towers come bundled with their own benefits, such as the additional capacity for a safe working load.
Certain suppliers can offer custom scaffolding solutions for unique projects. The best example of this is the guard handrail. It is a special component that can connect multiple towers adjacent to each other to create a single long mobile tower. Although not common nor widely used, it is recommended for work across a singular, wide wall such as a mural.
The key feature of why mobile scaffolding is superior to Kwikstage is its mobility. Aluminium towers can easily manoeuvre across a site due to lockable caster wheels at the base. Kwikstage in comparison, uses base jacks, and gaining access to a new area would require assembling a new section or dismantling the current setup to move it over.
While their mobility is the biggest feature, these aluminium towers can still bear the brunt of multiple people and tools. Scaffolds use an aluminium frame and tubing that isn’t as strong but compensates with longevity.
Components can withstand rain, hail, or sunshine and do not rust, unlike their steel counterparts. Scaffolders have to pay a premium to grab galvanised Kwikstage, which protects against corrosion.
Standard towers are still capable of a safe working load of 225kg, while double bay products can carry 450kg. Kwikstage still beats mobile scaffolding, but who needs half a ton of capacity on a simple painting or DIY job?
Overall, Mobile scaffolding beats Kwikstage with its durable aluminium that is rust-resistant, safety features for unqualified scaffolders, and versatility across the work site.