Scissor Lifts vs Cherry Pickers

Cherry Pickers vs Scissor lifts – Which do I need?

Working at height and unsure what you need? If you have never hired equipment to work at height it can be really quite difficult to establish what your requirements are. Take a look at our below post discussing which equipment may work best for you.

Where am I best to use a scissor lift?

A scissor lift is a mobile work platform designed to drive at a safe height. Ideal for working indoors or outdoors, it can be used between racking systems, within a warehouse or logistics environment, fitting lighting, fitting external signage, window replacement or exterior painting to name but a few.

A scissor lift does not provide outreach other than a small roll out deck that depending upon the machine increases the deck size by anything from 0.5m to 1.2m. As scissor lifts operate vertically to allow access to areas at height the machine must be on level ground and sited directly below or alongside the target work area.  If you can’t get this close then this is where you may wish to consider cherry picker hire rather than scissor lift hire.

Where am I best to use a Cherry Picker?

Unlike scissor lifts, cherry pickers (also known as boom lifts) can offer ‘outreach’ due to extendable sections of the boom. These platforms are ideal for working either indoors on factory maintenance projects or outdoors on telecoms, steel erection, exterior painting, signage, or even window cleaning and roof repair projects.

When considering boom lift hire it is important to understand that this ‘outreach’ can be in either a straight line or articulated to offer users an ‘up and over’ capability. Booms are mobile and versatile and can be driven at height within certain safety parameters. Booms can extend forwards, upward, out and over obstacles so don’t have to be parked directly below the target area unlike with scissor lifts.

Due to their outreach capability cherry pickers can reach a diverse range of elevations and can be parked at variable distances away from the actual target they need to reach. Although some 4 x 4 models can travel over rough terrain they still need to be operated from firm level ground.

When choosing between the two it really is important to take location into consideration and ask the appropriate questions such as, can I park directly below? Or is the ground level? To make the ultimate decision you are always best to speak to the appropriate expert who will be able to listen to your requirements and fully spec the job for you.

Feel free to take advantage of our free site survey if you are not sure what you need.  National Platforms network of members can ensure fast, flexible machine hire whatever the environment. Call on 0333 006 4477 or simply click here to get a quote .

Please note: When hiring any form of access platform or working at any height please ensure that you follow all current health & safety advice and legislation.

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