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Time is money in every trade. If the trade requires setting up scaffolding, you waste time and money every time you have to get down, move the scaffold six feet, and then remount. The Crawler can potentially save hundreds of hours every year by allowing you to move the scaffolding without getting down.

A standard power drill connects to a telescoping shaft and turns a “floating” drive wheel. Since the drive wheel isn’t directly connected to the shaft, it can adjust for irregular flooring. You steer it like a boat with a small outboard motor — push right to go left and vice versa. A push-button throttle on the tiller controls speed.

The Crawler comes with a pole with a specialized end that can lock and unlock several brands of caster wheel. You can adjust the Crawler’s height from 118′ down to 72′, so it can fit through a standard door.

Street pricing is about $750.

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14 Responses to Scaffolding Racing Is The Sport Of The Future

  1. Brad Justinen says:

    poor salesman looks like he’s had a long day. I have worked trade shows before but in the scuba diving industry – but a trade show is a trade show, what you sell makes little difference. nothin’ like hittin’ the hotel room afterwards and havin’ a brew.

  2. Scaffolding racing clearly needs to be on TV. But there will need to be a handicapping system, so that pussies standing only four feet off the ground don’t get an unfair advantage over the braver racers who build a vehicle five floors high.

    (I’m also envisaging a Honda generator up there with you, to run your 3kW spade-handled corded drive drill. On short courses, an air drill running from one of Brad’s SCUBA tanks would probably be the winning choice.)

  3. Bowen says:

    Why do I get a feeling we’ll be hearing about folks driving their scaffolding down the stairs, off the hardpan into the shrubs and generally rolling their rumps into doom!

    So remember, if you use one of these on a jobsite, another member of the crew -must- be issued a decent camcorder.

  4. Eli says:

    Not going to be a very exciting race with a product name like ‘Crawler’. I want to see some mods! Balloon tires and nitrous. Driver’s side airbags. Safety harness suspension seating.

  5. eschoendorff says:

    I can die now. I have seen everything.

  6. tmib_seattle says:

    “The Crawler can potentially save hundreds of hours every year by allowing you to move the scaffolding without getting down.”

    Yeah, but for every hour you save, you probably lose two to things like “scaffold jousting”. 🙂

  7. Look, a scissor lift for cheapskates! Very cool, though, as this doesn’t require a trailer to move it around.

  8. Gorby says:

    Must be as exciting as riding lawn mower racing…

  9. PutnamEco says:

    Re:
    Nate Bezanson Says
    Look, a scissor lift for cheapskates! Very cool, though, as this doesn’t require a trailer to move it around.
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    Ever try to get a scissor lift in an elevator? Ever been concerned about how much weight the floor will hold?
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    Re:
    Gorby Says:
    Must be as exciting as riding lawn mower racing…
    ===============================================
    Must not be familiar with V8 lawnmowers

    http://www.hotmower.com

  10. Dano says:

    A low tech solution for this would be to tie a rope to where you would need to go ahead of time. You could hook up a stationary bicycle to use leg power if you want an additional workout.

  11. Jim K. says:

    Oh man, I’ve got to get one of these for the museum here. Whenever we do lighting it’s either a two person job, or up and down all day. This would be a GREAT addition to our shop.

  12. Mike says:

    Will all that time saved be worth the extra batteries needed to run the drill?

  13. Mel E. says:

    Too bad you couldn’t use it at work, OSHA doesn’t allow you to stay on a moving scaffold…… Interesting idea not quite researched.

  14. Eric Dykstra says:

    Mel, According to the crawler site the product is OSHA compliant. They provide a link to a PDF with the OSHA regs.

    http://www.crawlerproducts.com/site/crawler/crawler_osha.htm#

    The document spells out what situations motorized scaffolding can be used by workers.

    Gorby, Lawn Mower Racing looks pretty exciting to me
    You Tube video: http://tinyurl.com/ynw6cl

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