Tower scaffolding lets you put masons at their most efficient working level-waist high. There's no reaching to place head-high courses or stooping for ankle-high courses. With tower scaffolding, the working platform is frequently raised, always keeping the masons at their most efficient work level. Maintaining a convenient work level minimizes mason fatigue and results in a 20% to 35% increase in productivity. And that makes you more competitive and more profitable. TOWER SCAFFOLD: THE BASICS Most tower scaffolds have the same basic parts: a base, towers, a carriage, winch assembly, cross bracing, guardrails, and, of course, planks. The base, spaced about 7 feet on center, supports a tower and transfers the weight of the workers and materials to the ground. The tower pieces, triangular or ladder shape, are available in 4- to 9-foot lengths that snap together to create heights in excess of 200 feet. A pair of towers connected by cross bracing forms a stable unit. The carriage, the arms of the tower, supports the material and work platforms. The carriage is raised up the towers by hand operated winches, one winch for every tower. Planks should be scaffold grade, typically 2x10s, 16 feet long. THE PRODUCTIVITY PICTURE An independent study by the University of Texas, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), shows that using tower scaffolding rather than conventional tubular scaffolds increased mason productivity by more than 20%.