What Is a Cherry Picker (Boom Lift)?
A boom lift, cherry picker or aerial work platform is a type of access equipment designed for carrying out work at an elevated height. Unlike scissor lifts, they can also provide outreach over obstacles.
Boom lifts come in many sizes and specifications. They consist of a motorised device fitted with extendable, multi-jointed arm. The end of the arm is fitted with a bucket or other platform workers to stand on.
Cherry pickers are primarily used for outdoor construction and maintenance tasks such as installing equipment on tall buildings or working on high power lines. The main advantage of using a cherry picker (boom lift) is that it allows workers to access difficult-to-reach locations from the ground. This eliminates the need for setting up ladders and scaffolding and is often much safer to use.
Do you need a license to operate a cherry picker in the UK?
There is no special license required to drive a cherry picker (boom lift) in the UK. Cherry pickers weighing 3.5 tonnes can be driven with a normal car license (category B). Those weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes will require a category C1 license. If you passed your driving test prior to 1997, this will be covered by your standard car driving license.
However, to control the arm of the cherry picker and operate the MEWP (mobile elevated work platform), you will need to undertake training. The MEWP training course you choose should conform to a recognised industry standard such as ISO 18878:2013 (published by the International Organization for Standardization).
How high does a cherry picker go?
The maximum height that a boom lift arm can reach is around 55m, or 180ft. However, the height of the platform will usually be lower than the total arm length.
The exact height of a cherry picker depends upon the model and make; for example, the JLG E450AJ has an arm length of 13720mm. Typically, diesel-powered cherry pickers are larger and heavier than electric cherry pickers. They are therefore more suitable for taller applications.
What are the different types of cherry pickers?
There are two main types of cherry picker boom lifts in the UK, each with different capabilities and benefits.
- Articulated booms are smaller, more compact and can fit into tighter spaces. The articulation of the arm also allows for greater manoeuvrability.
- Telescopic booms, also called straight booms are stick booms, are more powerful and provide a higher reach.
In addition, there are two primary sources of power for cherry pickers: diesel and electric.
Diesel-powered models are typically taller and offer more power for higher elevation. They are best suited to outdoor use. Electric models are smaller and designed for indoor as well as outdoor applications. You can also get bi-energy or hybrid cherry pickers that can be switched between both types of power.
Can anyone hire a cherry picker in the UK?
Anyone over the age of 18 can hire a cherry picker in the UK. However, it is important to note that cherry picker (boom lift) hire companies may have certain restrictions in place.
For example, some cherry picker rental companies will require proof that you have a valid driving license and have undergone the correct training. If you’re not licensed to operate the machine, you can hire cherry picker personnel who will be able to drive it for you.
How much does a cherry picker cost to buy?
The cost to buy a cherry picker or boom lift can vary significantly depending on its size, power source and other features. If you’re open to buying used access equipment, you may be able to find a cherry picker for sale for as little as £10,000. However, some larger models can sell for upwards of £100,000 brand new.
Compared to finding a cherry picker (boom lift) for sale, hiring one is often cheaper – especially if you won’t use it every day. Furthermore, when you hire a cherry picker, maintenance and servicing is usually included in the price. You also have the opportunity to upgrade to a newer model when your boom lift rental contract runs out.
How much does it cost to hire a cherry picker?
Generally, the cost to hire a cherry picker or boom lift will be somewhere in the region of £100 – £500 per day. Some companies also offer cherry picker hire by the hour. However, cost may vary according to:
- Make and model
- Power source
- Duration of the hire contract
- Whether you are hiring a cherry picker operator or just the machine itself
If you need the equipment for an extended period, it is usually cheaper to choose a cherry picker for hire on a weekly basis. At TAG Forklifts, we offer competitive rates for short-term and long-term boom lift hire. Contact us and our team will be happy to provide you with an estimated cherry picker hire cost.
How do I choose the right cherry picker for my job?
Choosing the right cherry picker for your project will depend on several factors. First and foremost, calculate your height and outreach requirements to ensure you select a tall enough machine for the job. Secondly, you’ll need to consider the terrain type and preferred power source. For example, electric cherry pickers may not be best suited to rough outdoor environments.
Of course, your budget is also an important factor to consider. Speak to an expert if you are unsure which type of boom lift or cherry picker would best suit your needs. At TAG Forklifts, our experienced team can guide you to the best model for your specific requirements.
Hire a Cherry Picker (Boom Lift) with TAG Forklift Truck Services
If you’re looking to rent a cherry picker or boom lift in the UK, look no further than TAG Forklift Truck Services. We offer a wide range of cherry pickers and other warehouse equipment for hire and sale, including scissor lifts, masted lifts and forklifts.
We work with many well-known and trusted brands including JLG, Hyundai and Linde. We offer a range of flexible hire services to suit your needs, including short-term and long-term hire as well as maintenance and repair contracts.
Contact TAG Forklift Truck Services to explore your options. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and flexibility. Fill in our online form today or call us on 0161 848 0555.
Lewis Wilson is the business development manager at Tag Forklifts, and has been for almost ten years; what he doesn’t know about forklift trucks and access platforms isn’t worth knowing. Lewis is in charge of all of Tag’s site content.