Your guide to buying a Cherry Picker        

APS is the largest independent supplier of new and used cherry pickers (powered access platforms)

We are proud to represent our industries’ leading Cherry Picker brands, including LGMG, Hinowa, and Niftylift

We strive to give our customers the best and fairest advice when selecting a cherry picker to buy, as well as competitive and flexible finance packages.

We then provide industry-leading friendly, fast and decisive cherry picker technical support. This includes our APS AfterCare service for maintaining cherry pickers, including LOLER inspections and fixed price service plans.

APS keep hundreds of new and Approved Used cherry pickers. We also have a full OEM parts service with 1000s of cherry picker parts in stock for most leading cherry picker manufacturers, many available for next day delivery.

Types of Cherry Picker 

Articulated boom type cherry pickers

Boom lifts with Z or knuckle type configuration making them versatile for accessing a range of heights. Most articulated type cherry pickers will have reference to being articulated or telescopic - eg LGMG model numbers will be prefixed with AR and Genie booms will be prefixed with a Z. IPAF Category 3B. 

Telescopic boom type cherry pickers

Boom lifts with telescopic booms, also known as stick booms or straight booms. They possess multi-stage boom sections that reach straight out. This provides telescopic cherry pickers with great outreach performance. Model numbers may denote the telescopic boom - LGMG use the letter T, whilst JLG Booms and Genie booms use the letter S. IPAF Category 3B.

Tracked Boom cherry pickers

Boom lifts with crawler tracks, or caterpillar type tracks. Tracks enable them to move across landscaped areas and sloped areas. Many tracked Cherry pickers have outriggers that stow away, making them ideal for applications where access width is limited - shopping centres, historic buildings etc. IPAF Category 1B.

Trailer mounted cherry pickers

Booms that have integrated towing hitch. This enables medium sized cars, vans and similar sized vehicles to easily relocate the cherry picker to an alternative work site. Manufacturers such as Niftylift have a range of trailer cherry pickers up to working heights of 21m. IPAF Category 1B.

Mast boom type cherry pickers

Mast type lifts, also known as vertical mast lifts, are low to medium level cherry pickers. Typically. Mast booms have an ultra compact chassis, making them ideal for providing access in locations where agility and manoeuvrability is required. IPAF Category 3B or 3A.

Van mounted cherry pickers

Platforms mounted onto a van enables an operator to drive straight to work site. This makes them flexible form of cherry pickers for workers who need to work at heights across a large number of sites - bridge inspection, cctv installation, telecom engineers.IPAF Category 1B.

Vehicle mounted cherry pickers

Another form of cherry picker mounted on a drivable chassis is the vehicle mounted category, also known as truck mounted cherry picker. These are typically medium to high reach models. Some truck mounted platforms require HGV licences to drive. IPAF category. IPAF Category 1B or 1A.


Cherry Picker Parts 

APS Parts team stock an extensive range of OEM parts for all types and manufacturers of cherry pickers.

Cherry Picker Parts - Access Plaform Sales

It useful to have the Cherry picker make, model and serial number but don’t worry if not - our experienced team can help you find the right parts 

Parts for manufacturers of all leading Cherry pickers


How to find your cherry picker serial number?

Every cherry picker will have a manufacturer's plate.

Whilst they may well look different depending on the cherry picker manufacturer, you will be looking for the Serial Number.

The Year of manufacture may also be useful, why not take a quick snap with your mobile phone.

Serial Number - Cherry Picker

Used Cherry Pickers

APS has a great selection of Approved Used cherry pickers from leading cherry picker manufacturers with the peace of mind provided by:

  • Every Approved Used cherry picker is supported by our industry-leading warranty*

  • All our equipment is subject to a comprehensive inspection and refurbishment programme

  • As a minimum, it will have a six monthly LOLER 98 thorough examination

  • Nationwide network of highly experienced CAP-trained engineers

  • Flexible finance solutions for easy budgeting

  • Affordable fixed-price service plans plans available

  • Option to extend your warranty for up to 12 months

* Please refer to our Approved Used warranty guidelines for full details.

You’re welcome to visit our Approved Used centre to see what used cherry pickers we have in stock.

Approved Used vs New Cherry Pickers 

Buying a used, or second-hand access platform is often a very good choice and can afford you a bit more flexibility.

Not only is it budget-friendly, it tends to hold its value if well maintained and you are often provided with a wider choice of readily available equipment.

It’s ideal for short-term contracts or specific jobs and can be resold on afterwards with minimal depreciation.

Financing your Cherry Picker purchase 

There is a wide range of funding your cherry picker purchase. Here are some of the most common types - further information can be found here.

Contract Hire - No initial capital outlay and regular monthly payments, typically over three to five years. LOLER testing and servicing (link) is typically included in the payment.

Hire Purchase - Spreading the cost by paying a deposit along with the VAT element at the start, then spreading the remaining balance over an agreed period (3 to 5 years is common).

Lease Purchase - a form of hire purchase where the larger balloon payment is at the end of the finance. Typically results in lower monthly payments for your cherry picker.

Operating Lease - Long term hire with smaller initial finance outlay. Cherry picker returns at the end of the lease.

Rent to Buy - enables you to use the cherry picker for an agreed period before deciding whether to purchase it or simply return.


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