What are the Different Types of MEWPs?

What are the Different Types of MEWPs?

MEWPs, mobile elevated working platforms, are powered access platforms that are used in a variety of industries, including construction, warehousing and the tv, film and media industry. There are many different types of MEWPs but the two basic types are boom lifts (cherry pickers) and vertical lifts (scissor lifts).

In this blog we will explore the different types, to help you find the perfect one for your needs and requirements.

Boom lifts

Boom lifts, also commonly known as cherry pickers, are perfect for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks. They are a type of aerial lift that allows for both vertical and horizontal lift making them more practical for harder to reach areas that require up and out movements. Available in hybrid, electric and diesel – you can choose an option that suits your needs.

At Star Platforms, all our cherry pickers provide up, out and over capabilities for difficult-to-reach locations, they provide height access of up to 28 metres, an outreach of up to 17.37 metres and a lifting weight of up to 280 kg.

There are different types of boom lifts, including:

  • Articulating boom lift – these have a bendable arm with multiple pivot points that allows for greater flexibility.
  • Telescopic boom lift – these have a straight arm that extends out in a straight line which allows for a greater height.

Scissor lifts

Scissor lifts get their name due to the criss-cross construction of the aerial lift. Unlike boom lifts, scissor lifts can only move vertically. However, they often have a bigger platform and a higher load capacity. Available in hybrid, electric and diesel – you can choose an option that suits your needs.

At Star Platforms, our range of scissor lift platforms range from a working height of 5.6 metres to an impressive 22.5 metres. So, whether you are looking for a small scissor lift for indoor facilities maintenance or a large MEWP for outdoor construction work, we can provide the perfect powered access equipment.

Low-level access platforms

Low-level access platforms are more lightweight and compact than other types of platforms. They offer a safer way to work at height indoors and are a great alternative to using ladders, towers and sometimes even scaffolding. There are a few different types of low-level access platforms, including:

  • Manual/push around low level access platforms
  • Push around low level platforms with battery powered elevation
  • Battery powered/self-propelled low level access platforms

What are the differences between a cherry picker and scissor lift?

Cherry pickers move vertically and horizontally, whereas scissor lifts only move vertically. Even though cherry pickers can carry workers higher and to harder to reach areas, scissor lifts often have a wider platform and a higher weight capacity meaning they can carry more workers, tools and equipment than cherry pickers. Both types of access platforms can be used indoors and outdoors.

Both are great pieces of machinery that are valuable in many different industries. If you’re unsure which is best for you and your requirements, please get in touch and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

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If you’re ready to purchase powered access platforms, then you’re in the right place. At Star Platforms, we have new and used access platforms for hire and also purchase. We also offer great finance options to help make it easy for you to get the job done, whatever your situation.

If you need help choosing the right solution for your needs and requirements, then get in touch and our team at Star Platforms can help.

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