What is a cherry picker?
A cherry picker is a specialist aerial lift in the powered access category that uses a hydraulic arm to extend a platform. Articulating boom lifts contain a bend in the hydraulic arm to allow for greater maneuverability when accessing difficult spots. Articulating boom lifts are commonly called cherry pickers. Telescopic boom lifts do not have a bend in the arm and allow for higher weight loads to be lifted.
Can anyone rent a cherry picker?
Yes. Any member of the public can hire a cherry pickers, however, for health and safety reasons the operator must have an IPAF license.
How does a cherry picker work?
On a basic level, it's a hydraulic arm with one end containing a platform for workers and the other end attached to a diesel-powered hydraulic lifting system.
What is an articulating boom lift used for?
It can be used for multiple jobs including:
- Building maintenance
- Roofing repairs
- Event set up
How much does it cost to hire?
Cherry picker hire costs start from £350 + VAT, insurance and delivery. The type and size will affect the hire price. Many cherry pickers have values in excess of £50,000 so insurance will provide peace of mind should anything go wrong while in transit or in use. Plant hire insurance is required by all reputable hire companies.
Can they tip over?
If using a cherry picker within its weight and height limits the chances are minimal. Conditions to take into account include uneven ground, windy conditions and sudden consistent movement when at full extension.
Can a cherry picker be used as a crane?
No. Boom lifts and cranes are built to specific regulations that do not make them interchangeable.
What's the difference between boom lift and cherry picker?
A cherry picker is an articulating boom lift.
Boom lift vs telehandler
A boom lift is used to carry people. A telehandler is used to carry material using forks, it is not suitable for carrying people.