A Brief Guide To Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
We’ve put together an infographic featuring different MEWPs, showcasing some of the types of vehicle available from our fleet. It’s a good introduction to the main features of aerial platforms and common types of MEWP.
The infographic is a quick reference guide for the construction industry to learn what to look for in a mobile elevating work platform.
Types of MEWP for Working At Height
What is a MEWP?
MEWP Definition: A MEWP or M.E.W.P. is a Mobile Elevating Work Platform. MEWPs are also known as:
- Aerial platform
- Vertical lift
- Powered access
- Spider lift
- Cherry picker
- Scissor lift
- Aerial work platform
- Boom lift
- Access platform
What is a Scissor Lift?
Scissor Lift Definition:
- A Scissor Lift is a vertical lift with a hydraulic, pneumatic or mechanical action
- Scissor Lifts are named for their criss-cross “scissor” mechanism
- Diesel, Electric and Hybrid Scissor Lifts exist
- Mobile and Static Scissor Lifts are available
What is a Cherry Picker?
Cherry Picker Definition:
- It’s an elevating work platform
- Cherry Pickers use a ‘boom’ and are commonly known as Boom Lifts
- They were originally built for use in orchards
- Mobile and static versions are available
- Electric, Diesel & Hybrid-powered Cherry Pickers are available
What is a PAV Push Around Vertical?
PAV Push Around Vertical Definition:
- The Push Around Vertical/Vehicle is commonly known as a PAV
- PAVs offer a stable platform
- PAVs are often used for lower level work
Common features of MEWPs – How to choose the best MEWP/Cherry Picker/Boom Lift/Scissor Lift/Spider Lift/Push Around Vertical for the job?
Choosing the right MEWP to meet your requirements for these common attributes will let you find the right machine for the job:
Height – how high do you need to go?
Outreach – how far do you need to reach?
Load Capacity – how much weight do you need to lift?
Terrain – some MEWPs are 4×4 and can operate well on rougher terrain
Platform Rotation – to manoeuvre the platform at height
Turning Radius – to operate the machine in a tight space
Platform Height – will the MEWP fit through the door or entrance to the work area?
Platform Weight – can the ground/work surface bear the weight of the MEWP?
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