When comparing mast climbing with scaffolding, price is one of the most obvious factors to consider. 
This is why we have carried out some research to compare the price between the two. While we accept that quite literally every construction job is unique and has different challenges, this looks to give a broad brush approach to this comparison.
To objectively compare the costs of scaffolding to mast climbing, we have received quotes for 3 blocks for different hire durations. We wanted to explain how scaffolding and mastclimbers are costed differently and the size of the savings that are possible.
This table indicates the results of this price comparison:


It is clear to see that 39% is a huge saving to be made. The comparison is based on hire periods being like for like. However the reality is that mast climbers can deliver even more value for money through significantly reduced install and dismantle times. For a building with 12 to 14 storeys, mast climbing assembly and disassembly takes a total of four days. For scaffolding, this takes 30 days.
Utilising this theory of a shortened total programme time, the contractor should be able to reduce the site preliminary costs down by approximately the same amount of weeks. This saves a significant further amount of money as a direct result of choosing mast climbers to provide access to the project.
Monaflex is used to completely encapsulate the building and cannot be used on mast climbers. Instead, a debris netting is used to prevent items falling from the mast climber itself and this is included in the displayed pricing.
Weekly inspections for the mast climbers are carried out by the hirer following successful completion of an IPAF Demonstrator Course, which BFT can provide. BFT carry out more thorough six-weekly inspections and thorough examinations - both of which are included in the costs provided.

What can we conclude?

As much as 39% can be saved through mast climbing as a way of accessing a building facade over scaffolding. Given the time factors of erecting and dismantling the equipment, this is potentially huge savings to projects of this nature.

Mast climbers may not be suitable for every job but it is estimated that 85% of all construction jobs could use mast climbers, thus providing the above benefits. 
For the jobs that mast climbers are used, the contractor should expect significant savings with a direct correlation between the height of the building and the size of the savings. You start to really see the benefits of mast climbers from 5 storeys and above and the savings and efficiencies grow from there.

It is also important to note that mast climbers are not here to replace scaffolding and indeed in many instances the two work best together. For example, a mast climber can sit on top of a load bearing scaffold gantry to enable pedestrian access to the block.

For clients of projects – why are mast climbers not suitable for your projects? They have an excellent safety record and deliver great value for money.

For contractors – please reach out to us so we can help deliver these savings for your next projects.