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Lift Hire Terminology: Explained

At ACS Access we know that the huge amount of complex terminology involved with lift hire can be confusing. Read our guide to help you understand cherry pickers.

At ACS Access we know that the huge amount of complex terminology involved with lift hire can be confusing. Even experts in the industry can sometimes need to double check certain terms, to avoid any complications.

To ensure that you can be 100% confident, we’ve put together this handy guide of all the key technical terms on this site. This way you know you’re making the right choices when it comes to hiring from ACS Access.

If you have any queries, with terms on this list or anything else, please do not hesitate to get in touch! We’ll be more than happy to help you.

1. Access Platform

A.K.A: Aerial Platform or Boom Lift or Cherry Picker or Lift Platform or Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) or Work Platform.

All are a mechanical device that uses a movable platform, to provide temporary access to areas above ground level, for one or more individuals. More commonly referred to as a Cherry Picker or Boom Lift.

2. All Wheel Drive;

An advanced drive system, that can switch between 2 and 4 wheel drive. This ensures the best operating performance in all environments.

3. Articulating Boom;

A MEWP with more than one boom connected via a knuckle. All Niftylifts have articulating booms and offer the advantage of up and over access to applications.

4. Bi-Energy Power;

The combination of two or more power sources on a machine, that the operator can select and switch between. This offers increased machine utilisation due to greater flexibility. For example a Diesel-electric machine can be used both indoors and outdoors as it is zero emission in electric mode.

5. Boom;

Either A) hydraulically powered movable arm, to which the cage is attached, or B) a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)

6. Cage;

The mobile enclosure in which the operator stands: also referred to as the platform.

7. Hybrid Power;

A power option that simultaneously combines the use of battery and engine power, automatically optimising power output versus energy usage. The engine size needed to power the machines is reduced compared with an equivalent engine only or Bi-Energy powered machine, which reduces fuel consumption, pollution and running costs.

8. International Powered Access Federation (IPAF);

A not-for-profit organisation that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. It represents and protects the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental and training companies.

9. Links;

A riser mechanism that provides vertical lift to the telescope booms.  This feature provides up and over capability to clear low level obstacles, using only one machine control.

10. Telescopic Boom;

A boom which can be extended hydraulically to increase its overall length. It increases the amount of low-level outreach available to the operator compared to a fixed upper boom.

Contact ACS Access for cherry picker hire today!

At ACS Access, we regularly support clients in a vast range of industries by supplying them with truck mounted powered access platforms. If you would like to explore the range of cherry pickers that we offer, check out our powered access fleet today.

Alternatively if you would like to talk over your options with a dedicated member of the ACS Access team, you can do so by giving us a call on
01254 693 131.

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