efficient painting and decorating – a wheelchair
For efficient painting and decorating, look out for a 4′ x 2′ mobile platform, affectionately known as the wheelchair It will speed up your work in many ways. Most trades people laugh at it, till they use it!
It folds down and fits easily in a back seat of a car.
It opens effortlessly, and quickly adjusts to create a platform 1, 2, 3 or 4 feet high.
You can work at a constant height and position.
Placed 3 feet from a corner of a room, you can comfortably reach 10-12 feet of wall without moving the platform.
It wheels around easily, and gets through doors and navigates spaces you think are too tight.
The wheels lock and the bearings are really good..
For painting tall windows it provides perfect access.
You can reach 10 foot high ceilings with ease.
Load it up with kit and wheelie the kit around – carefully, as it isn’t really designed for that.
Compare that to a pair of steps, and over the course of a day you will be surprised at how efficient the wheelchair is.
It is quite entertaining too. Standing on it, with the wheels unlocked, painters have been known to thrust their hips and “surf” round the room without getting off the platform.
The only downsides are it is quite heavy,
and you can’t get them in UK.
Thanks to Tim at Painters Pitstop for his input on this.
I have seen this in a mag somewhere recently, where the price was £79.00.
A chippy mate of mine has one he bought in France when he lived there. He got it for about 29 euros. He said when he is next over he may bring a few back. I’d happily give him £30 for his kindness
It is a good sturdy bit of kit.
No longer available from Axminster!
And these are the features they picked up on:
Sturdy and easy to handle
Maximum load 227kg (35 stone 10lbs)
Highly manoeuvrable, 4 swivelling, locking castors
Tough tubular steel construction
Non-slip finished steel boards
Choice of working heights, 300, 600 & 900mm
Folds to 150mm deep for storage or transportation
(Wheelchair was an in joke with work mates. For some reason, I was deemed the old man of the crew! Or it may have had something to do with a history of bad falls off ladders in my early days. One episode falling off a pair of industrial steps actually landed me off work for 2 years with a serious back injury, so I cling to this sort of kit for dear life!)
This particular platform came from Lowes in the US. Best $100 plus thousands in shipping ever spent!
I bought another, my first, from SJ Dixons in Cheltenham many years ago. I have seen a larger version used by plasterers. A pair of these and a Youngmans board, there is no simpler and quicker way to reach ceilings.
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