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Roy Curet

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Portable staging?
« on: October 23, 2018, 11:30:41 pm »

Iím looking for some portable staging for a local nonprofit. I need enough to make a stage about 10í by 24í. Segments should fold and have wheels for ease of storage.

Can you recommend a specific brand? The budget is next to nothing so used is good.
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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 11:42:32 pm »

Iím looking for some portable staging for a local nonprofit. I need enough to make a stage about 10í by 24í. Segments should fold and have wheels for ease of storage.

Can you recommend a specific brand? The budget is next to nothing so used is good.

I make zillions of dollars with my Wegner staging.  Literally they are out all the time.  With that in mind rough condition decks are still $300 each and you have to ship them.  They require maintenance. 

How often will you need them?

Intellistage is crap, don't waste your money.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 12:38:04 am »

"Portable stage" and "budget next to nothing" are not two phrases typically found in the same sentence.  School district surplus sales are worth watching. You might find a party rental company that could maybe help you out finding used staging. 4' x 8' panels are the most common size. A 12' x 24' stage means 9 sections. Don't forget you will need at least one (more likely two) sets of steps or stairs.  Wenger is top of the line quality; National Seating markets to schools.

How tall do you need your stage to be?  What is the intended use?  Instead of wheels, consider getting/building a steel cart to load the panels onto, and strap them down to the cart.
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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2018, 07:44:08 am »

"Portable stage" and "budget next to nothing" are not two phrases typically found in the same sentence.  School district surplus sales are worth watching. You might find a party rental company that could maybe help you out finding used staging. 4' x 8' panels are the most common size. A 12' x 24' stage means 9 sections. Don't forget you will need at least one (more likely two) sets of steps or stairs.  Wegner is top of the line quality; National Seating markets to schools.

How tall do you need your stage to be?  What is the intended use?  Instead of wheels, consider getting/building a steel cart to load the panels onto, and strap them down to the cart.

Also worth noting that depending on venue and function you may be required to have an ADA accessible ramp for your stage as well...


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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2018, 08:41:27 am »

Iím looking for some portable staging for a local nonprofit. I need enough to make a stage about 10í by 24í. Segments should fold and have wheels for ease of storage.

Can you recommend a specific brand? The budget is next to nothing so used is good.

Is the staging for a "one-off" (single event), or does the non-profit want to own a stage??
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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 02:15:50 pm »

I've heard of Wenger staging but not Wegner. Is this a new brand?
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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2018, 02:20:28 pm »

Thanks for the replies. I know there is a disconnect between the hopes and the resources. They are looking for staging that can be moved within the venue (Senior Center) as needed or stored out of the way when not in use.

Does anyone know of any sites besides ebay that list such things? i haven't found a good one yet.
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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2018, 02:34:08 pm »

Thanks for the replies. I know there is a disconnect between the hopes and the resources. They are looking for staging that can be moved within the venue (Senior Center) as needed or stored out of the way when not in use.

Does anyone know of any sites besides ebay that list such things? i haven't found a good one yet.

We got out of the staging biz because of liability insurance costs that went sky-high after a high profile incident we were not involved with....

Used staging will tend to be in lousy condition unless you happen to find a school or municipal government selling off surplus inventory.  Staging is a product that, in commercial use, is used until it falls apart.

See what the Senior Center's insurance company thinks of used stages with unknown history.
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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2018, 03:28:25 pm »


Used staging will tend to be in lousy condition unless you happen to find a school or municipal government selling off surplus inventory.  Staging is a product that, in commercial use, is used until it falls apart.


^^^  this  ^^^

I have portable staging (StageRight) and done right it is safe. It consists of decks and understructures and I am convinced is better and more stable than the rickety fold and roll units I see at most hotels and schools (especially after years of use). Either way units are not easy to move or set up and require multiple people to do so. If it is sturdy enough to support 125 lbs/sq ft it is going to be heavy duty and difficult to move easily. There are no magic websites for cheap used staging that I am aware of.
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Re: Portable staging?
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2018, 01:55:00 pm »

I own a 24 x 12 Stageriht setup.  Wish I didnít...  it works great but I have trouble keeping that crew separate from Audio and boosting 125lb stage decks around is something most foh.mon.stage manager kinds of folks despise doing...  not enough revenue for me to justify it.
Good stuff, just wrong in my biz model...
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