A subcategory of aerial work platforms, cherry pickers are aerial devices that look somewhat like a crane. Designed with joints (often multiple ones) for maximum flexibility - a cherry picker was first developed to be used in orchards, which explains the name. They’re excellent in construction, power line maintenance, tree trimming and they’re even used by some fire departments (1).
A Complicated Move
Yet, for all its strengths - the cherry picker can be a bear to haul long distances. The articulating sections must be secured correctly, otherwise part of the arm could swing off the transit rig, while it’s traveling down the highway. This type of nightmare scenario could result in damage to the picker, the truck, other vehicles on the road and even cause loss of life.
An Experienced Transporter
This just highlights the importance of working with a transport company, that has years of experience hauling heavy and specialized equipment. A1 Auto Transport has more than two decades in the business, so we know precisely the process and tools required for successful transit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How is a Cherry Picker Transported Over Long Distances?
A cherry picker is commonly transported using a flatbed trailer. This type of trailer is used extensively because it provides a flat surface for the loaders to work with. They don’t have to navigate around any edges or bumps, which makes everything easier.
Since several parts need to be tucked in for the machine, and it must be secured in different places, it's best to simplify the process as much as possible. Flatbed trailers have no edges, so loaders don't need to worry, even if it's wide.
A lowboy or step-deck trailer might be used because both have two levels, and the latter has its own ramp. But a lowboy is more often utilized for heavier loads. A step deck makes loading easier.
How is a Cherry Picker Prepared and Secured Before Being Moved?
The first stage is simple things like cleaning the cherry picker thoroughly and removing any removable components. Next, the fuel tank should be only 1/4th full and any wires or batteries should be disconnected and secured.
The platform should be lowered as much as possible, after which it's ready to be loaded. First, a ramp is put against the flatbed trailer or down if it's a step deck so the cherry picker can be pushed on.
The main body must be secured with chains or heavy-duty ratchet straps to ensure the cherry picker doesn’t budge during transport. Most have chain eyes on each side to make the job easier.
At times, movers use forklifts to load the cherry picker for extra security. This step helps ensure the machine is loaded at the right angle and balanced.
Does a Cherry Picker Go Over Any State Regulations for Transport?
No, a cherry picker usually doesn’t fall on the oversized limitations, though it’s near the set 46000 pounds for weight. The machine weighs approximately 36000 pounds, so it’s comfortably under limits.
It cuts close for other specifications too. In most states, the limits are 8.5 feet in width, 48 to 53 feet in length, and 13.5 feet in height. An average cherry picker is 8 feet wide, 36 feet long, and only 10 feet high when fully lowered, which makes transport relatively simple.
How Crucial is the Company to Transport My Cherry Picker Safely?
Transporting a cherry picker may seem simple, but there are several small things to watch out for; even if you have a flatbed trailer, it’s not a great idea to move it yourself.
The right shipping company can help you prepare the cherry picker for an extra charge, load it, transport it, and load it on their own, so you don't need to inconvenience yourself.
An experienced company is significant because it can deal with unexpected issues more smoothly than an inexperienced one. It's an excellent tip to go through online forums to check which company is legitimate, so you don't get scammed.
Of course, customer service is also essential.