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What is a cherry picker?

Cherry pickers are hydraulic cranes which act as a vertical lift with a railed platform for raising and lowering people and their equipment. They are also known by other names including boom lift, basket crane, man lift, hydraladda and more. Cherry pickers are incredibly versatile aerial work platforms, with applications that translate to any type of activity where safe access at heights is required.

Can anyone use a cherry picker?

Cherry pickers are used in construction, installation, maintenance, repair, warehousing and other work at elevated heights indoors and outdoors. It is important to understand the safety features and precautionary measures before operation any access equipment. Therefore, you or your operator will require the correct certification for using a cherry picker, and the accreditation is easy to obtain with the assistance of established access equipment suppliers such as Coates Hire.

Workers at heights above 11 metres require an elevated work platform (EWP) high-risk work licence, with the course taking around 2 days to complete. If working at heights under 11 metres, you will need to complete a ‘Yellow Card’ course that takes only one day. Coates Hire EWP training courses deliver attainments that include:
  1. Compliance with WH&S legislation
  2. Risk assessment and hazard control
  3. Appropriate loading of work platforms
  4. Emergency procedures and safety equipment
  5. Elevate and operate the work platform safely
  6. Work planning and routine checking
On completion of the course you will receive a statement of attainment for the following unit of competency:
  1. TLILIC2005 – Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11m or more).
  2. RIIHAN301D – Licence to operate all types of elevating work platforms under 11 metres.
How to use a cherry picker?

The elevated cherry picker platform can be positioned to create a comfortable working surface, even at heights. The basket/platform can safely hold one or two workers and their equipment, while in-basket controls provide superior movement. Electric and diesel scissor lifts and cherry pickers are both used in wide-ranging applications.

Why choose Coates Hire for cherry picker hire?

The fact is, a cherry picker or aerial work platform (AWP) isn’t the only piece of equipment you will ever need, and Coates Hire are the Australia-wide hire service experts in all major cities and regional centres. We have the industry expertise and resources you require, plus a superior team on the ground to help you satisfy all hiring demands for your project.

Coates Hire supplies a comprehensive range of cherry pickers, knuckle booms, straight booms and trailer mounted booms for helping you maneuver above, below or straight out for accessing tight spaces while still using best workplace practices. Our cherry picker hire rates can't be beaten, and our service is unmatched, making Coates Hire the right choice for vehicle and equipment hire.
How do I hire a cherry picker?

Coates Hire has over 150 branches around Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane. So, there is bound to be a Coates Hire store near you, and you can check out all the Coates Hire locations online. Click on any item and use the contact form if you have any questions, or reserve the equipment for hire so it is ready exactly when you need it. Drop into any Coates Hire centre in person, or call over the phone and speak to our helpful staff. We make hiring convenient for you so you can get an early start and into action.

Types of cherry pickers

There are numerous types of cherry pickers, including truck-mounted booms, telescopic booms, and articulated booms. Every task that involves working at heights carries inherent dangers that need to be understood, and using the correct cherry picker for your specific job is the first step. Coates Hire is a dedicated hire company that will help you get your project started in style and finished on time.

Cherry pickers, also known as elevated work platforms (EWPs) and access equipment, enable the operator to work safely and easily at heights. The various models assist with negotiating tricky angles and accessing hard to reach places. Coates Hire Cherry Pickers include:
  1. Knuckle Booms: Used for up-and-over access above or around sheds, walls or other obstructions.
  2. Scissor Lifts: Ideal in both level and rough terrain conditions, scissor lifts include large work platforms plus manual and self-levelling functions.
  3. Straight Booms: For access equipment that reaches maximum height, a Coates Hire straight boom will fit the bill without a fuss.
  4. Trailer Mounted Booms: Towed by a regular vehicle and used on all firm surfaces, trailer mounted booms are great for tree lopping, painting, cleaning and other maintenance tasks.
  5. Personnel Lifts: Maintaining elevated fixtures in a commercial centre is easy on a battery operated self-propelled personnel lift. For smaller jobs, a push-around personnel lift will fit the bill.  
How high can a cherry picker go?
Coates Hire cherry pickers, also referred to as hydraulic platforms or hydraladdas, offer the maximum length in high-reach capabilities and are ideal for the construction or maintenance contractor. Our range of cherry pickers includes platform heights ranging from 12.1m/40ft – 45.7m/150ft. These are dizzying heights for some people, and it’s important to hold the correct licence and relative cherry picker experience, all available with Coates Hire assistance.
Are cherry pickers safe?

Cherry pickers, or aerial work platforms (AWP), are safe when they are operated by qualified drivers and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Highly regarded equipment hire centres retain the service and maintenance history of all vehicles and equipment, along with providing a log book for renters to add comments or make suggestions. Equipment at Coates Hire has been safety-checked and inspected according to Australian industry guidelines, and is ready for use.