Skywalker Stilts

Posted by on November 21, 2007

Go ahead, throw the Darth Vader jokes out there. Yes, they’re called Skywalker. Still, they have nothing to do with Luke or any Death Stars, at least that we know of.

We recently took a pair of Marshalltown Skywalkers out of the box and had one of our programmers try them out. He had walked on the old fashioned wooden stilts with the handles before, but never drywalling stilts, so we made sure his life insurance was paid up and headed outside.

Once out there, he fumbled a bit on the first stilt while trying to figure out how the straps worked. By the second one, he was getting better. You can see that one on the video below, as well as some of his first steps on the stilts. He said that the more naturally he tried to walk the easier it was, and the spring loaded “feet” actually made a huge difference even though he didn’t expect them to. Overall, he really liked them.

I’ll let you watch the video and see for yourself. Also, this is our first product video, so let me know if there are any issues with the flash player we created or with the bandwidth available for streaming the file.

After a bit of walking on a level surface (the grass didn’t work so well), he was starting to get the hang of it already. Still, I think he’s more valuable working on our website than drywalling. After all, it’s guys like him that make it possible for you to watch the video and get cool tool related products.

5 Responses to Skywalker Stilts

  1. Bryan

    Thanks for all the great videos. Just wanted to give you a bit of perspective on the use of stilts here in Montreal. The provincial organization responsible for work site safety will heavily fine (and in some cases de-license) any worker caught using them under any conditions. While greatly speeding up the work flow (people still take the risk here) during plaster work, there have just been so many accidents with them on sites. Mostly involving the wearer tripping on something unseen while working ceiling joints. Crash.

  2. Anonymous

    Maybe in Canada they will fine you but here in the states, we enjoy the freedom of using our own good sense. I use these stilts for hanging access points and running network cable. They save so much time.

  3. David

    What if the ceiling is a bit higher? Would you want stilts that can jump? Has OSHA regulated the use of acrobatic stilts yet? Maybe that would be too much fun at “work”.

  4. Anders Holm

    OMG ! -they are massive! Indeed “Skywalker Stilts” is a worthy name :)

  5. R Pugh

    Bought a pair of the around six months back. Thought they were the best thing made. Until one day my partner went down wearing them installing hat channel. The leg support and part of the foot plate broke right off. There is only one screw holding the foot plate to the shaft of the stilts. And from you walking and leaning back and forth, the foot plate will fail and take you and the support arm with it. If you value your will being and like working without crutches. I would pass these up and go with a pair you know and trust!