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Cherry picker

A cherry picker, also called boom lift, is a type of aerial work platform that has an extensible arm (either a straight arm or an arm that can bend) which allows to reach areas not accessible from directly below. Cherry pickers are used for maintenance, inspection, painting, firefighter or emergency access and tree trimming.

The price for hiring a cherry picker depends on its vertical and horizontal reach, and its maximum working load.


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City Hire

London

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Mr Plant Hire

London

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Premier Plant Hire

Greater London

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AFI-Uplift

Multiple locations

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PG Platforms

London and the South East

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JMS Access

Multiple locations

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Hird

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Platform Sales and Hire

Multiple locations

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Prolift Access

Multiple locations

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Balloo Hire

Northern Ireland

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Dial a Digger

South

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Tiger Plant Hire

Wiltshire

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Rhino Plant Hire

Essex and London

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Ermin Plant

West Midlands

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Griffiths Hire Shops

Shropshire & North Wales

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Turner Tool Hire

Around Sudbury

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GMP Plant Hire

Essex

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Mark One Hire

Essex

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Local Tool Hire

London

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1st Hire

South London & Surrey

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NLPH

North London

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CTH Hire Centres

Surrey

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West Coast Tool and Plant Hire

Argyll

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Charles Wilson Engineers

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Cherry picker hire guide

Cherry picker used for trimming trees
Cherry picker being used
for trimming trees.

What is a cherry picker? Where does the term come from?

A boom lift, commonly referred to as cherry picker, is a type of aerial work platform that has an extensible arm which allows to reach areas not accessible from directly below. A cherry picker is used to provide temporary access to areas at height. There are two main types of boom lifts: articulating boom lifts have arms that can bend, while telescopic boom lifts have straights arms. The first cherry picker was developed in the 1950s by Jay Eitel who founded Telsta Corporation, primarily focused on producing cherry pickers for the utility industry. Today, cherry pickers are used much more broadly including for maintenance, inspection, painting, firefighter or emergency access and tree trimming.

How high can a cherry picker reach?

The maximum working height of a cherry picker varies from ~10m up to 60m for the largest variants.

Maximum wind speed for using a cherry picker?

As a general rule, cherry pickers should not be used when the wind speed is above 12.5 m/s, however always refer to the cherry picker's identification plate or operations manual to get the exact maximum allowed wind speed. Also take into account that gaps in buildings or places where wind gets concentrated can have higher wind speeds compared to the surroundings, similarly for working at heights where wind speed also increases. Always make sure to measure the wind speed from the platform with an Anemometer and make sure it is not above the maximum allowed wind speed listed on the identification plate or in the operations manual.

Which cherry picker should I hire?

Besides the regular articulating or telescopic boom lift, there are various variants of those available for hire:

  • Van mounted / truck mounted: cherry picker installed on top of a van or truck allowing you to drive around to different areas or worksites during the same hire
  • Spider cherry picker: boom lifts might require extending legs for improved stability and safe operations, which resembles the appearance of a spider
  • Tracked cherry picker: cherry pickers can be equipped with tracks which make them better suited for an uneven surface

Additionally, you should take into account the following characteristics of the cherry picker, where the type of job you are accomplishing will determine which cherry picker you need: working height, outreach, safe working load and platform size.

What is the recommended safety equipment when hiring a cherry picker?

When using a cherry picker it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a cherry picker consists of the following: safety helmet, protective footwear, protective gloves and harness.

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