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Sometimes, a large and stationary powered access platform or cherry picker is just too big and unwieldy for your project. When you find yourself in that situation, truck mounted cherry picker hire might be the best option for your project.
With self-drive hire options, you can pick up a cherry picker from the hire location and drive it to your site yourself! If you are considering smaller models of boom lifts, then a van mounted cherry picker might be the ideal solution, particularly if you are working with rough terrain.
Below, we will introduce you to the basics of truck mounted cherry picker hire in the UK, from the size of the vehicle needed to the working heights of different van mounted platforms, as well as how to choose the right van mounted access platforms to hire for your project.
If you have any further questions about these platforms, do not hesitate to reach out and contact us, and our team of experienced operators and customer service specialists will be happy to help you find the perfect powered access solutions for your needs.
Truck-mounted cherry pickers are a type of scissor lifts ideally suited to projects such as building maintenance. While most powered access solutions are mounted on stable bases that need to be delivered from heavy vehicles and then set up on the ground for safety, truck-mounted platforms are attached to the back of a truck for easy transport and access.
The biggest disadvantage of this is that a truck is less stable than a fixed base, so the maximum outreach and working height of a truck-mounted self-drive option is likely to be smaller than that of a free-standing lift. As long as you do not need an unusually high working height, however, a truck-based cherry picker should be sufficient.
Just make sure you check the specifications of your chosen model before you confirm the hire, including features like maximum safe working load and working height!
One of the biggest advantages of this type of powered access solution is that they can be obtained through a self-drive hire scheme, allowing them to be fully user-operated. Hire of these access platforms works just like hiring any other powered access solutions; we will walk you through this below, and if you have any further questions about the user-operated hire of truck mounted access platforms, get in touch via our website at any time.
While a stationary access platform requires booking delivery and specific timing slots, truck-mounted models are much easier to hire, particularly if you go for a self-drive option.
Assuming you are going with self-drive hire, the first thing you will need to do is familiarise yourself with the CPA terms of hire for heavy machinery. Once you are happy with the terms and conditions, it is time to choose the best platform for your needs.
A van mounted platform will usually have a smaller maximum working height and safe working load than a free-standing cherry picker, so ensure you know exactly how much you will be lifting and how high it will need to be lifted before you choose. If you are at all unsure about this, reach out via our website for advice, and we will be happy to help.
Once you are sure you have the right safe working load and working height, you can enquire for a quote for the period and location for which you need the platform and get started on the actual hire process! This is straightforward and easy, but you should always start the hire process well in advance because availability could potentially be limited at short notice.
Different models of cherry pickers have different specifications, from maximum working height to maximum safe working load. In most cases, self-drive cherry pickers will not be as sturdy, powerful, or stable as free-standing models, so the safe working load could be significantly lower.
The things you are going to need to consider are the weight of the items that need lifting, the height you will be lifting them to, and the free space you have available for the plant itself. Once you have these pieces of information, you can choose a model to fit your specifications.
If you are at all unsure about which model to choose, contact your hire provider for advice. Expert advice and support can make the difference between a disastrously miscalculated model and hiring the perfect cherry picker for your needs!