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Buying New or Old…? System Scaffolding and Scaffolding Supplies

There’s no doubt, when working with scaffolding or scaffolding supplies, there’s hazards involved.

When looking to purchase scaffolding, we know only too well the costs of a planned project can excel.

At times many smaller firms look to purchase additional scaffolding of the second hand nature.

Don’t get us wrong there is nothing wrong with purchasing second hand scaffolding that is, providing its fit for purpose and meets required safety standards.

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The Popularity of System Scaffolding and Scaffolding Supplies

There’s many types of scaffolding available, each with their own features and benefits.

The most popular type of scaffolding in use locally, nationally and internationally is modular scaffolding also known as system scaffolding.

System scaffolding has become a popular choice mainly due to its pre-fabricated nature and convenience to use.

System scaffolding is can be easily erected, dismantled and adjusted – providing less down time and increased productivity in comparison to tradition tube and fitting scaffolding systems.

As the UK leading scaffolding manufacturer, we also provide B2B scaffolding sales and scaffolding supplies to trade professionals. We manufacture Cuplock, Kwikstage and Ringlock scaffolding as well as traditional tube and fitting scaffolding supplies and systems.

Albeit system scaffolding is by far the more popular choice, there’s still a demand for the traditional variation and scaffolding fittings.

That said, you just can’t beat modern day progression – time is money!


Cuplock Scaffolding 

Cuplock scaffolding also known as R2Lok, is one of the most popular systems used globally.

Cuplock is used often by sectors within the oil and gas industry, and other industries that require a robust and reliable system – that can endure harsh environmental conditions.

The  popularity of Cuplock is mainly due to its robust nature and extreme versatility. Cuplock is unique in its composition, which is comprised of 6 main scaffolding components.

Required Scaffolding Supplies and Components of Cuplock;

  1. Cuplock Standards
  2. Cuplock Ledgers
  3. Cuplock Diagonal Brace
  4. Cuplock Ladder Access Transom
  5. Cuplock Hop Up Bracket
  6. Cuplock Bridging Ledger
  7. Swivel Base Jack
  8. Ladder Access Gate
  9. Scaffold Battens / Steel Stage


The Cuplock scaffolding system consists of a single node connector point that permits up to 4 components to be joined together is a single, simple, quick action.

Needless to say, the versatility Cuplock provides is extensive with the ability to be used in a wide variety of applications, sectors and industries.

St Helens Plant manufacture and supply both the original version of Cuplock as well as our own internationally popular variation, R2Lok. Both versions of Cuplock are available finished in a protective paint or fully galvanized.

For more details on the Cuplock scaffolding system or associated Cuplock scaffolding supplies, contact us.

 Cuplock Scaffolding Supplies


Kwikstage Scaffolding 

Kwikstage scaffolding is yet another front runner within the scaffolding industry.

Kwikstage also has its own very unique composition consisting of a 4 way V-press and wedge arrangement using 4 base components.

Kwikstage system scaffolding is designed and engineered with ease and simplicity for those working with the system.

Kwikstage is erected quickly and easily with the convenient wedge design allowing components to be simply tapped into 4 way V press and wedge.

Needless to say the time saved opting for system scaffolding over traditional tube and fitting scaffolding is immense!

Kwikstage Scaffolding Components and Scaffolding Supplies required;

  1. Kwikstage Standards
  2. Kwikstage Ledgers
  3. Kwikstage Diagonal Brace
  4. Kwikstage Transoms
  5. Adjustable Jacks
  6. Scaffold Battens / Steel Stage
  7. Kwikstage Bridging Ledger
  8. Swivel Base Jack
  9. Ladder Access Gate

Kwikstage system scaffolding is pre-fabricated with each scaffolding component designed and manufactured to only be used for its intended purpose, this provides an additional level of safety traditional tube and fitting scaffolding systems and supplies cannot.

Cuplocks composition is the same, consisting of pre-fabricated components designed to fit their intended purpose.


Kwikstage Scaffolding Supplies


Buying New or Reconditioned Scaffolding Supplies

Daily we see and hear of deadly scaffolding systems and supplies being in circulation and in use. The thing being, so many accidents and incidents could so easily be avoided if scaffolding was kept in a safe working condition.

There are many proficient and well know scaffolding companies that ustilise their scaffolding systems and scaffolding supplies for years. The reason this is possible is they carry out regular checks and maintenance.

Scaffolding repair and reconditioning is a necessity, when working at heights no chances can be taken or risks in using scaffolding that is unfit for purpose and clearly in need of repair.

St Helens Plant have many scaffolding repair and reconditioning facilities throughout the UK, that can quickly and cost effectively repair and recondition your scaffolding back to a fit for purpose working condition.

Quite often purchasing scaffolding that has been repaired or reconditioned can work out more cost effective than investing in a newly manufactured scaffolding system.

There is however, many risks and rewards to purchasing second hand scaffolding supplies and system.

One of the main issues, industry wide is scaffolding that is clearly unfit for purpose and in use!

We cover the issue of scaffolding safety on a regular basis, however the root of many serious and deadly incidents caused by poorly maintained scaffolding, is often down to second hand scaffolding being purchased that is not in a fit for working condition.

Some advice for smaller scaffolding companies…

Avoid purchasing scaffolding from online classifieds such as Gumtree, Craigslist and similar sources.

When seeking reconditioned scaffolding or indeed scaffolding supplies, on a tight or limited budget use a registered scaffolding manufacturer or scaffolding repair company. That can guarantee the scaffolding supplies and systems have been tested and meet UK and EU safety standards.

St Helens plant have available on demand, repair and reconditioned scaffolding such as Cuplock, R2Lok, Kwikstage, R2Stage and all associated scaffolding supplies.


Recondiioned and Repaired Scaffolding St Helens Plant


You can’t put a price on a life.

Unless you know it meets required safety standards and is fit for purpose, don’t purchase.


Need Advice or Guidance?

If you’re looking for any advice or guidance on any of the scaffolding supplies or system scaffolding we manufacture and supply. Contact us, 01744 850 300 or email us – INFO@STHP.CO.UK




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