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Comparison: Boom Lifts VS Cherry Pickers

by Paul Hinz
Filed under: Elevating Work Platforms

Both boom lifts and cherry pickers are forms of elevating work platforms that are primarily utilised to lift workers, tools and supplies up to height to complete work such as maintenance and installations.

In this post we briefly discuss the differences between the two types of units and the most common uses of each.

Physical Design Similarities

Boom lifts and cherry pickers share many of the same physical features they both feature a bucket that workers can safely secure themselves, tools and supplies into whilst being raised up.

The bucket is connected to hydraulically controlled extendable arms that are attached to a grounded base.

The arms can be moved vertically and horizontally to raise and lower workers to precise heights to complete required work.


Propulsion method

Whilst the design principles of boom lifts and cherry pickers are similar there are some distinct physical differences between the units.

The major difference being cherry pickers are either trailer or truck bed mounted with four outrigger legs for stability, they must be towed or driven between work locations.

Boom lifts are fitted with tyres and are generally self-propelled and can be driven around a job site between locations and only needs to loaded onto a truck bed and driven between work sites.

Trailer Mounted Cherry Picker

Driven whilst raised

Operators are able to control and maneuver boom lifts safely from the controls installed in the basket, allowing for convenient and precise positioning of the unit for best access for work to be carried out safely.

Cherry pickers cannot be moved around whilst raised and aren’t self-propelled, whenever the basket needs to be repositioned it must be fully lowered and safely stowed and the trailer or truck bed it is attached to repositioned and the outrigger legs redeployed for stability.

Haulotte Boom Lift

Unit Price

Generally cherry picker units fitted to trailers are simplest and cheapest forms of elevating work platforms, whilst depending on configuration boom lifts can be very expensive due to the complex technology and systems installed to propel, raise and lower the units.

Common Uses for Cherry Pickers

Cherry pickers are commonly used for the following applications:

  • General cleaning of a house or building
  • Pressure cleaning of a house or building
  • House or building painting
  • Tree trimming
  • Advertising signage and billboard installation
  • Parks and ground maintenance

Common Uses for Boom Lifts

Boom lifts are commonly used for the following applications:

  • Construction and maintenance – indoors and outdoors
  • Steel works
  • Port and shipyard work
  • Roofing, building and painting
  • Any extra high reach requirements

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