The Definitive Guide to Drive a Cherry Picker

The Definitive Guide to Drive a Cherry Picker

Cherry pickers come in many different shapes and sizes. They can have a boom arm or jib that is used for lifting heavy objects from above ground level. Some cherry Pickers even have wheels so they can be moved around without having to disassemble them every time they need to go somewhere new. In Chicago cherry picker also comes with controls for height and rotation of the load, depending on what type of crane it is. There are two main types of cherry picker: hydraulic (or wet) and electric (or dry). Each has its own pros and cons-electric ones are lighter (and easier to move), but hydraulic ones can usually lift heavier objects.

1. Driver & Passengers

Driving a crane is very similar to driving a car, so if you’ve got badges for that then three cheers for you! But I shouldn’t need to explain this part anyway: when operating the crane, it is important to have one or more people who can monitor the crane’s movement and a driver and passenger, just like a car.

2. Preparing To Drive In Chicago

Preparing To Drive In Chicago

Before you get in the cab of your crane, make sure that both passengers are seated on the correct sides of the car. In most other countries this would-be passenger on the right and driver on the left; but in Chicago, it’s just the opposite. Anyway, once all of your passengers are seated securely, you can move onto the next step!

3. Securing Your Passengers

Most cherry pickers have a safety harness that should be used at all times, to make sure that your passengers don’t fall out of the cab while you’re in motion. Be sure to double-check that all harnesses are correctly fastened before setting off: it’s recommended for two people to be using a harness at all times, even if one is driving the crane!

4. Understanding the Crane’s Controls

There are a large number of controls for setting angles, height, and rotation. For most cherry pickers, this is done with levers or wheels, but some cherry pickers have joysticks instead to make it easier for one person to control everything! Once you’ve mastered the controls (which will take several hours at least!) then you’re ready to drive!

5. Driving the Crane in Chicago

Driving a crane is very easy in Chicago. It’s basically the same as driving a car: if you can drive one of those, then you can definitely handle your crane! Try not to go over 15mph when driving, that is way too fast for a working vehicle (at least in the US).

6. Shutting Off the Engine

Shutting Off the Engine

When you’re finished using your crane, switch off the engine, this makes sure that all of the oil isn’t left in there to go bad (and be very messy) later. If you don’t turn it off yourself then do so once your passenger tells you to; it’s important to listen to everyone on your crane, or else they might be forced to get out and push!


If you’re looking for a job in construction, it might be time to consider getting certified as an operator of a cherry picker. The best part about these vehicles is they allow operators the opportunity to reach heights several stories high without having to climb up them! This article should have provided enough information on how driving one works so if you want more details make sure to check out our blog post!

Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher. Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, in his work Joaquín strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture. Sometimes brutal, but always honest his work depicts the essence of barrio life, writing about a youth that existed somewhere between the streets of the barrio and the dream wanderings of a boy who found refuge in a world of stories and poems.