What is a tower tour and how to choose it correctly?
In order to safely perform repairs and cladding of facades of buildings, restoration of monuments and architectural objects, installation and repair work inside buildings, cleaning works, installation and replacement of lamps in workshops, replacement of banners and other operations at height, you should use stable and reliable high-rise structures . The best equipment for working at heights inside and outside the premises are the towers.
The tower-tour is a reduced mobile “relative” of scaffolding, with the difference that the tower-tour can be easily moved to the right place. As a rule, installation of a tower tour takes a little time and can be done alone, unlike scaffolding, which are mounted by several workers. Large incoming nodes allow you to assemble the tower tour in just half an hour. It does not require the use of tools or additional fasteners. The fastening of a high-rise structure and an increase in its rigidity is achieved through the use of diagonals and screeds.
With jacks or with stabilizers?
The stability of the tower tour significantly increases with the use of inclined angular supports (stabilizers). If the height of the tower exceeds 7 m, the use of stabilizers, in accordance with the standards, is mandatory. Some models of tower-tour are equipped with screw supports (jacks), which allow to level the structure on uneven terrain. Tours without screw supports are suitable for indoor use, where there is a flat floor.
Mobility is not at the expense of sustainability
Towers rounds are equipped with strong rollers of small diameter. The wheels have a swiveling design that allows you to conveniently maneuver and accurately set the tower in the right place. At least half of the wheels are equipped with a foot brake so that the high-altitude design does not move during operation. You can lock the wheels at any time by simply pressing your foot.
Narrow or wide flooring?
Possessing a large working platform, the tower tour provides the staff with a safe and convenient place to work, which can accommodate several people at the same time with ancillary tools. The working platform is fenced with safety railings, which are located at a height of not less than 1 m. For work inside buildings, as well as in limited space conditions, it is best to choose narrow towers with a small platform width of 0.6 m - 0.7 m. a space where there is a lot of space, it is advisable to use towers with a large working platform of 2.0x2.0 m, where you can comfortably accommodate staff with utility tools and materials used. Universal (suitable for use inside and outside buildings) are towers with a 1.2 m wide platform.
Aluminum or steel?
Aluminum tower tours are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The corrosion resistance of aluminum alloys causes a significant service life of such structures. Steel towers have a protective epoxy coating that does not allow corrosion to appear. Thanks to painting, black alloy towers are also successfully used outside buildings. The ultimate loads of steel and aluminum towers depend on the design features. Before buying a tower tour, you should decide on the maximum load possible. If you plan to work on facing facades, installation and repair, or work with promotional materials, you can choose a tower-tour with a maximum load of up to 150 kg. And if we are talking about the construction or use of heavy utility equipment or a large amount of working materials, then you should stop the choice on models with a higher load carrying capacity. Steel and aluminum models differ in cost. With the same working height, aluminum models are somewhat more expensive.
What height to choose?
Before buying a tower tour, it is necessary to determine the expected scope of work and select a model with a working height not less than the height of the object being repaired. However, the height of the tower should be less than the height of the ceiling in the room, if you plan to work inside the building. After approximately estimating at what height the works will be performed, you should choose a tower-tour with a suitable working height (values are usually provided in the characteristics table). In some models, height increase is available through the use of intermediate sections. There are also telescopic towers, the height of which is varied by means of a cable mechanism.
For those who work at height, the issue of safety and reliability of working structures is of paramount importance. Towers-tours are stable, stable structures designed to work inside and outside buildings. The above recommendations will help you to buy the tower model tours you need yourself.