Dependable scaffolding equipment, hard work and excellent service have been at the heart of American Scaffolding for going on 30 years.
You may already know us for a range of products that includes a variety of scaffolding solutions. Our product assortment includes well-known names like Indy Scaffold and Superchute Trash Chutes. Plus, as our website details, we offer material hoists and aluminum pick boards, along with branded safety products from companies like as Guardian Fall Protection, 3M, DBI-SALA, Petzl and French Creek.
You may already look to us for custom fabricated wire rope and related rigging items. What’s more, our capability in supporting just about any project need is extensive thanks to a comprehensive menu of services, such as:
- Erecting and dismantling scaffolds
- Traction hoist inspection and repair
- Safety training
- Davit and anchor systems
Yet, whether you know us well or are checking out American Scaffolding for the first time, it may be news that our product offering also includes mast climbers, specifically the SC8000 by Scanclimber.
American Scaffolding acquired two Scanclimber SC8000 units, along with accessories, earlier this year.
The SC8000 is a rack and pinion driven machine that doubles as a work platform which is powered by an electric system. Improved productivity and ergonomics are beneficial byproducts of materials and workers being located at the same height. The MCWP (mast climbing work platform) can be configured as a single or twin mast configurations while offering up to a 17,620 lb. capacity. Aside from performance, the SC8000 offers numerous safety features to protect workers on a daily basis. An economical and time-saving solution, the SC8000 unit can be used for a variety of work such as façade renovations, painting, plastering, window installations and more.
In 2010, a CPWR publication reported industry data estimating about 16,800 people were working on about 5,600 mast climbers each day. At that time, workers spent an additional 3.3 million work hours erecting and dismantling mast climbers each year. Considering the change in construction industry spending since 2010 (+61% as of 2018), current usage is apt to be considerably higher.
The productivity benefits of mast climbers is probably well known, but as a common point of reference, a CPWR survey of masonry contractors using these systems provided these insights:
- Roughly 70% cited increased productivity as the greatest advantage of this equipment
- More than 60% said mast climbers save time
- More than 50% viewed them as safer than other types of scaffolding
Worksite safety is a top priority for American Scaffolding, and as the Scanclimber SC8000 brochure features, its platform is designed to enhance safety. Fastening points for safety harnesses along with a strong safety brake provide added protection.
We’ll be adding more information about this system to our website in the upcoming weeks. Remember to check back from time to time to learn more about the Scanclimber SC8000, the accessories we can offer with it, and photos from job sites as they become available.