How to Rent a Cherry Picker


A cherry picker is a bucket located on the back of a truck that raises a person high in the air to do work. This method is safer and more convenient than a traditional ladder. You can stand safely in the bucket and have all the tools you need at your disposal. Instead of purchasing one for only a few jobs you may have around your home, renting one may be the most inexpensive way to get the work completed.

  • Determine the type of cherry picker you will need. There are some that are attached to a truck, while others are stand-alone. The height varies as well. So you will need to know approximately how high your project will be.

  • Call local heavy equipment companies as well as home improvement places that offer rentals, and compare prices. This really depends on your area. However, United Rentals, at (800) UR-Rents, offers aerial lifts like cherry pickers. Sunbelt Rentals, at (800) NO-SWEAT, present several different types of cherry pickers often called boom lifts. Hertz Equipment Rentals, at (888) 777-2700, is another great location for all of your heavy equipment needs. See the Resources section below for these companies' websites.

  • Check prices on each business that you call. The cost for these can vary by quite a bit, depending on the type you'll need. Make sure you check all the businesses around you to get the best quote that you can. Keep in mind that most of the time you will need to put down some kind of deposit on a cash transaction. If your rental is on credit card, they usually bypass the deposit. If anything happens, they have your credit card number.

  • Go to the company that you had chosen in Step 2. Make sure you bring the necessary equipment you need to move the cherry picker. This is determined by what you wanted from Step 1.

  • Pay for your rental. They usually charge on a day-to-day basis. A late fee may apply if the equipment is not taken back by the agreed time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that you know exactly what you need before renting the machine. This will save you time, work and money.

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