Best Scaffolding Equipment in 2020



RICE Hydro, Inc Heavy Duty Easy to Use Post Puller/Post Driver (Bundle T-Post Puller & 3" Post Pounder) Review:


Had to give up on removing this choke-cherry clump last year, but this year I used the post puller's chain to crack off its roots as I uncovered them with a shovel. Made the job much easier. Actually bought it to remove some of those black posts you can see a piece of in the lower-left corner. Those are 9' long with 3' sunk into good New England glacial moraine (lots of rocks)... they don't have any protrusions to grab onto, just holes that are only about 3/8" so I had to find a smaller hook. (Two hooks, actually, to divide the strain between them.) I Don't blame Rice Hydro for not including something like that... I was worries enough it would snap that I wore safety goggles. But it worked.



GypTool Pro 15" - 23" Drywall Stilts - Black Review:


I'm amending my original review, which was written after I had used the stilts only once. Since then, I've used them regularly and find them easy to use, comfortable, easy to adjust, and perfect for costumes as well as handyman work. So far, they're durable and stable. For costumes, they are a good way to make yourself significantly taller, but they are bulky, so you'll have to find a way to disguise them or incorporate them into your costume. The bottom of the feet are flat, so walking on uneven surfaces is a bit of a challenge, but with practice, it becomes easier. For indoor handyman work, they are great. Unlike traditional one-point stilts, these are very stable and you don't have to keep your feet moving. Instead of rocking side-to-side to keep from falling over, you just stand normally.

It took a little while and effort to put them together, since some of the nuts and bolts are small and in difficult to reach places, but with a socket wrench set, an adjustable wrench, and a Phillips head screw driver, they were soon put together. After trying them out for about fifteen minutes, I made some adjustments and they have been fine since.



GypTool Pro 15" - 23" Drywall Stilts - Silver Review:


This review is for the 15-23" GypPro stilts
As a 25 yr stilt walker and construction business owner, I have to say I was surprised by these stilts.
I have always been an avid Dura-Stilts man and when I trained guys to walk stilts I always recommended Dura-Stilts. I've also tried Marshalltown, Sur-Stilts and a few others. Recently my Dura-Stilt 14-23" stilts were stolen. I didn't want to spend $300 for a new pair since I only use this size on 3-5 jobs per year. The shorter stilts such as a 15-23" doesn't need to be quite as robust for me since they don't get as much abuse as stilts that are extended farther out like 24-40".
So, I figured I'd give these a shot and if they lasted through one job, they would most likely pay for themselves.
By days end they were a little noisy which let me know the plastic bushings may not be the best quality. For the price, you could buy numerous bushing kits and still come out way ahead.

Read on for a more detailed review and advise for those new to stilt walking.

I would personally hate to be a stilt manufacturer in this generation of worldwide public reviews. The vast majority of bad reviews, when it comes to stilts is from improper adjustment. There are numerous adjustment points and variable combinations that can determine whether they will be comfortable enough to wear all day or several hours at a time.
Knowing which spot to adjust is the key to comfort. If your legs or feet are bowed out or in, they are adjusted wrong. If you find yourself leaning forward or backwards, they are most likely adjusted wrong. If your feet start hurting really bad in the arch or your toes are getting numb and tingly, it's a sign that they are probably adjusted wrong.

When I get a new pair of stilts, the first thing I do is set the springs all the way out by adjusting the springs "washer like" nut all the way out. Adjusting the top or bottom spring nut/washer can help eliminate issues with leaning forward or backwards.
Then I adjust the heal plate so that the area of my foot that is just behind my toes, is directly above the front stilt tube. This can also help with the leaning forward or backwards. I then set the calf cup on the side tubes approx 3" below the bottom of my knew cap, on the side of my leg. Then I adjust the other stilt to match it by setting them side by side on a flat table. I set the side tubes with about a quarter of an inch space showing on the clamps that hold the side tubes. If your feet are pushing in our out, you will need to adjust this point until your feet and legs are comfortably straight up and down. You'll know if this is set improperly if when standing on the stilts, you look down and your stilt foot/feet are way apart or real close together. Being too close together can be dangerous, as your stilt feet can get hung on one each other and cause you to trip and fall. This adjustment is easiest done by having a second person do the adjusting while the stilts are still strapped on you. What I do is walk in them, get a feel of what's wrong and then sit down and have another person loosen the bolts and make the adjustments. Then I stand up and walk again and keep repeating this until they feel right.
The worst thing you can do is wait til the day of the job and try to do this. Because then you feel pressured to hurry up since you need to get to work. My advise... adjust the day before.

So what is the difference between durable stilt and GypPro? In most cases and with most any cheaper stilts, it's the grade of aluminum and fasteners used. Cheaper stilts tend to use a softer grade of aluminum which causes the wear points at the stilt foot and pivot joints to wallow out and get sloppy.
I've seen countless knock off brand stilts over the years get what I call "floppy foot" when they are worn/used for very long. The bottom foot of the stilt gets floppy and the bolt holes get worn to a larger than normal diameter.
This is why most pros go with Dura-Stilts. Because they are built to last for many years and thousands of hours of use.
As a side note...
One thing to consider is that there are several interchangeable parts on these stilts that you can swap out for Dura-Stilt brand parts. For example the calf straps, which would be a good idea since in my opinion, the ones that come with these are too short. You can order Dura-Stilt parts to swap out on these from AllWall. At this price, it's still a good deal, even if you swap out a few better quality Dura parts.

I included a pic of the toe flex. I've walked cheaper stilts before with too much toe flex and it makes it more difficult to walk them and causes more foot pain. These weren't too bad. I'm thinking that with the taller stilts in this brand, it could be worse but that is only speculation.

So, if your on a budget and need something that will get the job done and possibly earn you some money in the process or you just need these for one project, you can't beat the price and what you get with the GypPro stilts.

I was impressed!



Pro-Series GSSI Multi Purpose Scaffolding, 6-Feet Review:




GypTool Pro 24" - 40" Drywall Stilts - Black Review:


So I'm a Professional Painter, and along with painting I do the occasional taping and drywalling and mudding, etc. Anyways, I bought these because I had a big job re-taping a huge bathroom in a very expensive house. The tape in the house was 15 years old and started cracking. Anyways, the ceiling in the bathroom at the peak is 12ft high, so when I ordered these I figured 40 inches, that's almost 4 feet off the floor so I should be able to just reach. Well, unfortunately I REALLY needed the extra 8 inches these are lacking to reach lol, so I'm stuck using ladders and a plank again. Just adds more work but I can't take a star off as that was totally my own fault. It's just weird that the 24-48" stilts are so much more. This is probably why, nobody wants these or something lol.

I have however used these on two paint jobs already, with regular 8-9 ft ceilings and these stilts are PERFECT for cutting in. I can't tell you how much time I save not having to climb up and down my step stool and move it every 2 minutes. I will be keeping these for this purpose alone, though I know I'll be able to use them for drywall/taping repairs in most houses and won't even need to raise them. I'm 5'11" so with these at the lowest setting I can easily reach up to 10ft or so.

My final suggestion would be to make sure and practice with these at home for a bit. The first time putting them on feels very weird and a little nerve-wracking. You will need a ladder or at the very least a 4ft step ladder to just to get up on the stilts, because if you put them on while sitting on the floor it's literally impossible to stand up without a couple guys lifting you up or something.

I personally wore them around for a half hour or so at home and walked around the garage and house a bit hanging onto the ceiling. Before I forget I have to add that the scariest part about wearing these is that you just know that if you go off balance a bit, you are going down HARD. It may only be 2 ft off the ground at the lowest setting but if you fall you will not be able to use your legs or knees or anything to help catch yourself.

But the second time I wore these was on the job, painting a kitchen. I threw these on to cut in at the ceiling and it was great. I very quickly became used to them and by the end I felt much more comfortable walking around and standing with them on. Sorry for the long review, if you're like me you like extra info... . If not then:

TL;DR - These are great for most houses. More expensive high end houses with high ceilings can be a problem since these are missing that 8 critical inches to raise you 4 ft. For that purpose alone I would probably suggest just going with the 24"- 48" set instead, though the price jump is pretty ridiculous. For regular 8' ceilings these are perfect, and depending on your height you may reach up to 10/11 ft no problem. They are very much worth their price though.



GypTool Pro 48" - 64" Drywall Stilts - Silver Review:


I have been wanting some taller stilts for awhile. I had to buy these when I saw them and the price was great. They work and feel like my regular ones jacked up all the way. I left the inside leg brace off. The only problem is you will need something to get up and down from them.



GypTool Pro 18" - 30" Drywall Stilts - Black Review:


I bought these for work. I work for a commercial remodeling company and most of our work is in office buildings with 9 foot ceilings, so the 18-30” range seemed perfect for my height. I do a lot of drywall finishing, painting, and acoustical ceilings and figured these would be a very nice alternative to a ladder or rolling scaffold.

These appear to be an exact replica of the very expensive Dura-Stilt brand. Everything is made out of quality machined aluminum and assembly was quite easy. For a discounted, Chinese made tool the instructions were surprisingly clear and comprehensive. Assembly of both stilts took about 20 minutes.

I had occasionally used stilts in the past so there wasn’t much of a learning curve to actually walking on them, and after about 30 minutes of tweaking everything I had them fitting perfectly and was walking around on them and getting in and out of them with ease.

I can’t speak to how well they will hold up for daily use, but I will not be using them daily so I think they will work just fine for my approximately semi weekly use.

The one thing I noticed is that after taking them off a few times, the webbing on the shin straps had started to fray slightly, but I don’t think it will actually tear, and if it does the straps are replaceable, so that doesn’t factor into my review.

They fit well and are very stable, but I wish the springs were just slightly stiffer. That’s purely a matter of personal preference and the springs still do the job just fine.

I read some reviews that mentioned the soles left marks on the floor, but that’s also no big deal because I don’t plan to use these on finished floors. At home I have brick floors and they did not leave any marks on the brick, so I don’t think they’ll leave permanent marks on any surface.

All in all, these stilts are of very good quality and value, and I would recommend these to anyone who doesn’t want to drop $300 on a pair of Dura-Stilts.



WEN 31110 Baker-Style 6.25 ft. Multi-Purpose 1000-Pound-Capacity Rolling Steel Scaffolding Review:


Very easy to assemble, move and lock into place. Easy to break down and store as well. Only comment is the deck is not weather resistant. Left it out overnight in the rain and some of the panel was de laminating. Not enough to knock off a star but I suggest any new owner to give it a coat of urethane if you're inclined to leave it in the elements. The panel can be easily removed and replaced if one wants.



Metaltech I-CISC Multipurpose 6'. Baker-Style Scaffold-1, 000-Lb. Capacity, Steel, Model#, 1 Review:


Well made heavy work support - with locking casters; that will likely take two people to make adjustments. We really needed this when building our stone & timber garden shed. Used a wide step stool locked in place at top of scaffeling to reach the roof. You'll need another ladder also tied in to make up a make-shift scaffel. Covered it with a tarp when it rained and was exposed to the elements. Braced it via ropes to the walls of the building as we went and changed its location as needed. For small jobs it is great even on un-even surface but use extreme caution; but is possible. Be sure and also use a safety harness when working with heights or else you could easily loose you footing and fall off your roof causing injury or worse. This shipped via freight trucking and we helped off load to the curb. used a wide wheel barrow to cart to the rear yard. Great Seller. Disassembled for storage indoors is recommened to prevent it rusting.