Dos and don’ts of second hand scaffold towers
13 April 2017 09:30:00 GMT
If you need a new scaffold tower it is definitely a good idea to consider used and second hand options. Buying used can save you a significant amount of money compared to buying new, and as long as the tower is in good condition, there is no reason to avoid buying. Here are some important dos and don’ts when it comes to buying and using second hand scaffold towers.
Do take advantage of the savings
Second hand scaffold towers can make an excellent purchase. They allow you to save a significant amount of money while still getting the piece of equipment that you need. The cost of buying new scaffold towers can sometimes be prohibitively expensive – it can even lead some to make the dangerous decision to use a scaffold tower in a way that isn’t safe. It’s a much better idea to buy a second hand tower that is fit for purpose.
Don’t buy without seeing the tower first
You should never commit to buying a used scaffold tower without seeing it first. If a supplier is unwilling to let you inspect the tower yourself before you buy this could be a warning sign that the product is faulty or substandard in some way. Request the opportunity to look over the tower before you buy, this will ensure you have no unwelcome surprises when it arrives.
Do buy from a reputable supplier
On this subject, it is essential if you choose to purchase second hand that you buy from a reputable and established supplier. A good supplier will not sell a second hand that is in poor condition, so you can rely on them to get you a solid piece of equipment. While it might be tempting to choose an unknown supplier with very low prices, there is always likely to be a reason that these prices are so low, and this may come down to cutting corners and not taking safety issues into account.
Don’t buy something unsuitable just because it’s cheap
There’s no denying that second hand scaffold towers can be a bargain – but some businesses choose to buy a second hand tower that is not ideal for the job at hand simply because it is cheap. Remember that you still need to focus on getting the right equipment for the job. Getting the wrong tower at an excellent price might well work financially but it means you will run the risk of putting workers in danger.
Do consider hiring too
Another option that you may not have considered is hiring a scaffold tower. If you’re buying second hand because you’re not going to use the tower very much and you want a cheap price, it may make more sense to hire.