The closer a mason can get to the course he or she is laying--without bending or stretching--the easier the job and the higher the productivity. Adjustable masonry scaffolding allows this to become a reality. With a few turns of the crank, a winch raises the mason's work platform to the best ergonomic position. Proven productivity increases of 20% for masons and laborers have made this type of scaffold popular in recent years. Adjustable scaffolds consist of a base tower, extension towers, cross-braces, a carriage, a winch assembly, guardrails, and planks. When turned, the hand-operated winch and cables raise the carriage supporting the material and work platforms so that the mason can work at the most comfortable level. The closer that winch is to waist level, the easier it is for the laborer to turn the crank. The amount of force that needs to be exerted on the crank to elevate the carriage differs from scaffold to scaffold. Adjustable scaffolding configurations vary: Some are fixed, and some can be adapted for multiple uses, such as with elevator shafts, recesses, returns, and projections. This is done usually by using accessories such as corner, pilaster, and staging brackets. Cold weather does not stand in the way of the mason's work either. Weather protection enclosures range from a simple sunshade to a "poly" system that completely encloses the carriage and does not require adjustment as the carriage ascends the face of the building. Ease of handling and transportation is one of the biggest draws of adjustable scaffolds. Many manufacturers offer specialized racks and pallets that enable the scaffold sections of various heights to be moved without being disassembled. This roundup article includes a grid that compares various scaffold brands on the following characteristics: the base's width by height; winch information; mason's walkway (width); laborer's platform (width); cable jump interval; forklift attachment type; whether it has a pass-through brace design; whether there are rollers on the carriages; the distance between the crank centerline and the platform; years in production; guardrail system; delivery time; the highest wall engineered for; the maximum working height for the mason; the bracing system needed; vertical spacing between braces; weather protection; the minimum platform height from the ground; leveling jack adjustability; and available accessories.