What is a Cherry Picker?
A cherry picker is a hydraulic crane with a bucket platform, designed to raise and lower people. The cherry picker bucket platform is connected and controlled via a hydraulic arm. A cherry picker is also known as boom lift, man lift, basket crane or hydra-ladder. While typically cherry pickers are used in building, construction and remodelling, they can be used in many other applications, including work in warehouses, used in installation, maintenance and repair of warehouse racking, lights, heating units or other mechanical system components, painting, an alternative to using scaffolding and anything that requires all access hire at elevated heights.
There are a variety of cherry pickers available for hire, including truck boom mounted cherry pickers, telescopic booms, articulated booms and trailer-mounted cherry pickers.
Cherry pickers are often mounted on the back of a large truck, like the Quick Lift Qld cherry picker. There are also varieties of cherry pickers that are mounted on flat beds and panelled vans. Some cherry pickers are mounted on stand-alone trailers or self-moving platforms.
How a Cherry Picker Works
Generally equipped for one to two people, they stand in and work from the cherry picker bucket or platform. Some cherry pickers are fitted with dual controls, one set in the bucket and one set attached to the truck, allowing operators to change the position of the bucket from the top of the cherry picker or on the ground. Some cherry pickers include a telescoping capability to adjust the reach of the device, usually with automatic safety controls to prevent the cherry picker from tipping over. Other models use articulating boom sections. Cherry pickers run either on petrol, diesel or electric engines.
Why is a Cherry Picker Called a Cherry Picker?
The articulated boom lift, or commonly known as the cherry picker, evolved from frustration and need, like most inventions. In 1944 a boy called Jay Eitel was picking cherries during his school holidays, and became frustrated with having to climb up and down a ladder every time he had to move to a new picking spot.
Jay decided to start work on an alternate solution, and came up with the first iteration of the cherry picker, placing the foundation of what would become a multi-billion dollar industry.
20 years later John L. Grove took the design of the prototype and improved on it by inventing the self-propelled boom lift. Initially the cherry picker had to be operated by two people, one in the bucket and another one on the ground to move the bucket.
Various industries saw the cherry picker offering savings to their businesses, and the cherry picker has since been continuously improved, and its applications expended.
In 1958 the cherry picker began use as a humanitarian vehicle. Firemen began using cherry pickers to reach great heights with a firehose rig attached to the bucket. This increased their reach and gave them greater efficancy when facing fires and rescuing people from buildings.
Today a cherry picker can be operated by a single person. The cherry picker uses a hydraulic system and the modern articulated boom can now reach incredible heights, in difficult to reach places, making it one of the most effective industrial vehicles around.
If you want to find out more about our wide range of cherry pickers, or just want some advice on whether the industrial vehicle is suited to your construction project, please contact us today for a quick quote.
Quick Lift Qld Pty Ltd provides a fully qualified licensed operator with every Cherry Picker Hire / EWP Hire. Any Cherry Picker that has a capacity over 11m requires a fully certified operator to manage the machine under all circumstances. Each job Quick Lift Qld Pty Ltd will provide a set of safety harnesses, witches hats, safety signs and tool buckets to assist you with your works.