What is a spider lift?

A spider lift is a boom lift (also known as a cherry picker) mounted on caterpillar type crawler tracks with outriggers that extend (hence the name spider) to evenly distribute the machines weight.

The crawler tracks allow the spider lift to travel easily across rough uneven terrain and can be driven on slopes.

Spider lifts are ideal for work sites which present difficult height access challenges. Thanks to their compact dimensions, many can pass through garden gateways, doorways and down narrow passages. If ground conditions involve different levels of height, the outriggers stabilise the spider lift offering the flexibility needed in tight spaces.

Spider lifts are a popular choice for construction and maintenance applications where soft ground is an issue; and for internal work on expensive or fragile floors in shopping centres, museums and other public buildings. The tracks and outriggers distribute the machines weight to ensure low ground pressure whilst still allowing the operator to reach significant heights.

The exceptional reach and smooth controls of spider lifts mean the basket can be positioned exactly where it’s needed, up and over obstacles. This makes them popular with tree surgeons, specialist cleaning companies and for building inspections.

New & Approved Used

Access Platform Sales offer a great range of New and Approved Used spider lifts.

With working heights of 12m all the way to 36.9m, there is a spider lift to suit all requirements.

Buying pre-owned access platforms can make a lot of sense and offer huge savings. Here are 10 tips on buying Approved Used access platforms.

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Power Sources

Spider lifts are available in a range of power sources: diesel, bi-energy and electric (lithium battery).

Bi-energy and electric spider lifts offer the versatility of indoor as well as outdoor use and are often chosen for work in low emission zones and built-up residential areas.


As an independent supplier, Access Platform Sales carefully select products that we know and trust with superb performance, quality and reliability. We have strong, long-lasting relationships with spider lift manufacturers which means we can offer competitive pricing and the highest standards of after-sales support around.


Servicing and LOLER inspections

Access Platform Sales has been supporting customers for over 25 years with a comprehensive range of access equipment services:

  • Regular services for your spider lifts
  • Keeping you legal with LOLER inspections
  • Emergency breakdowns - getting you back to work quickly 
  • Repairs and refurbishment work

Our engineers are spider lift (tracked access platform) specialists and our workshops are fully equipped for repairs and refurbishment using genuine manufacturer parts.

Fixed price service plans are available from APS and offer value for money as well as the convenience of having services and LOLER inspections booked in for you.

As well as servicing, APS can carry out LOLER inspections for spider lifts. LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) inspections are a legal requirement and should be carried out by a competent person every 6 months on lifting equipment (and any associated accessories) used to lift people.

Our technicians have been trained to industry standards and have achieved the IPAF CAP qualification. They have the specialist knowledge needed to carry out these thorough inspections.

To book a LOLER inspection, call 01480 891251


Access Platform Sales offers a range of nationally recognised training courses designed to equip you and your team with the necessary skills and knowledge to work safely at height.
Training can help to reduce the risk of accidents and ensure you conform to your legal obligations.

By law, all employees required to use an access platform for work at height must receive the appropriate training before they operate the equipment.

IPAF training courses have been developed by leading industry professionals and can be attended at dedicated training centres or alternatively at your own premises.

The IPAF course needed to operate spider lifts is: Static Boom (1b) - Platforms that deploy stabilisers/outriggers so they cannot be driven when elevated.

Find out more about IPAF Training courses here.

Call 01480 891251 or email training@accessplatforms.co.uk to book your course and for impartial advice on training.

Why Choose Us?

Benefit from manufacturer & CAP-trained service engineers

OEM and after-market parts with 12 months warranty

Fixed-cost affordable service plans, so you can manage your costs

Nationwide network of fast response fully-equipped service vans