12th January 2022

Buying a used cherry picker work platform – All you need to know

Why buy a cherry picker?


If you are regularly working at height using scaffolding, a ladder, aluminium towers, or any other climbing equipment, you can work more efficiently and safely on a MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platform – the general name for cherry pickers, scissor lifts, aerial platforms etc.), so it might be time to look at buying a used cherry picker.

When it comes to buying a cherry picker, you should always consider what the main reason is for needing it and how long you are likely to use it and then weigh up the pros and cons.

A new cherry picker comes with a warranty and is likely to be in excellent condition (as it is brand new) and should last longer if well looked after and maintained. On the other hand, buying a used cherry picker would still be a good investment if you are working on a budget, and would outweigh the cost of hiring a similar cherry picker over time. For this reason, purchasing a cherry picker would be most beneficial if the aerial platform is needed for a specific project or a regular job.

Because our hire division AFI-Uplift are market leaders in the hire of powered access machinery, we benefit from their long-standing expertise and knowledge of the industry and the machines.

As the machines we have for sale are all from our working rental fleet of over 6,000 units, you can be safe in the knowledge that the machines you purchase from us have been maintained to high standards and that the LOLERs have been kept up to date. We can also provide the machine service history, so that you are able to check the equipment has been well looked after.


I’ve found my ideal cherry picker for sale. What should I look out for?

Here’s a handy checklist for inspecting a used machine:

  1. Inspect the exterior for damage

It is important to physically inspect the entire machine and identify any damages.


  1. Check the VIN number for used truck mounts

It is important to check the vehicle identification number (VIN) when buying a used truck mounted cherry picker. You will find this VIN number stamped on the truck’s chassis and it should also match the one on the vehicle registration documents. Be sure to obtain a VIN check report before purchasing.


  1. Check the Serial Number for MEWPs

It is important to check the serial number when buying a used MEWP. You will find this serial number stamped on the MEWP’s data plate.


  1. Check the basket and boom lift

The boom lift is the elevated work platform that allows the workers to reach high places. The hydraulic hoses and fittings should be checked for leaks. We professionally inspect the machines to ensure all are in safe, correct working order.


Why choose AFI Resale?

We are an experienced team that is on hand to help you choose the right machine for your job. We can also offer ongoing service and maintenance support, to ensure that your access platform is safe and working legally.

We can source the following new and used machines for you:


We also have a range of cherry pickers on special offer, with a number of finance options to help spread the cost.


We have a range of a wide stock of ex-hire machines to purchase suited to all budgets ranging from a couple of thousand pounds upwards. We are happy to show you around our fleet and you can see the condition of our machine stock on our YouTube channel.


Get in touch today via our contact us form or Call us to discuss your requirements.






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