Scaffolding helps your workers stay safe, but only if the scaffolding is in good condition. Buying used scaffolding can work in many cases, but you should never buy used scaffolding without checking it out carefully. Even if your business has a very tight budget, you're better off buying new, well-made scaffolding that costs a bit more than buying used, cheaper scaffolding that's in questionable condition. But if you really want to look at scaffold for sale, at least check it for these issues.

Rust and Excessive Flexibility

The scaffolding needs to be rust-free. If there is rust, particularly on a connection point or bolt, do not get the scaffolding. Rust indicates deeper corrosion that could affect the safety of anyone trying to use the scaffolding. Also be aware of pieces that seem flexible. The scaffolding should be sturdy. Of course, there may be some parts like cables that are made from materials that are meant to be flexible, but the metal and wood should not be bendy.

Glulam Beams and Platforms

The platforms and beams on the scaffolding, often made of glued lamination timber or glulam, need to be in good shape. They should not look like they've been torn up and should not have excessive wear. Look for signs of mold and rot both on the top side and the underside of each beam.

Time and Rentals

One thing to keep in mind is how often you're going to use the scaffolding. If you're not going to use it often -- maybe you're working on a project and won't need the scaffolding for a while after that -- you might want to look at renting scaffolding for your project. That would save you the trouble of storing the scaffolding because, if you store it incorrectly, you could end up damaging the scaffolding. However, if you're looking for scaffolding for lots of projects and will use it often, then buying is best.

What Guarantees Do You Get?

Buy used scaffolding from dealers only; don't buy from some private person who may have had the scaffolding sitting out in who knows what type of conditions. Additionally, private sellers likely won't offer warranties and guarantees. Dealers should, though, and you should ask about those before agreeing to buy the scaffolding.

Of course, if you really want good warranties and materials that are in great shape, go with new scaffolding from a dealer. You'll still want to inspect the scaffolding, but chances are what you get will be in excellent shape and ready for use for years.