Falkirk crane hire firm buys Scotland’s largest ‘cherry-picker’

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A CRANE hire firm in Falkirk has bought what is believed to be the largest truck-mounted access platform, or “cherry-picker”, based in Scotland.

Outreach has spent £1.25 million buying three access platforms, including one that is capable of working at heights of up to 70 metres.

Gary Potts, managing director of sales and marketing at Outreach, said: “This latest substantial investment underlines our serious intent to grow.

“Our experience over the past few years in this sector indicates there is real customer demand to hire specialist machines based in Scotland rather than incur the extra costs and time to bring them up from down south.”

Outreach, which employs about 60 staff, bought its latest three access platforms from Skyking in Leicestershire. The three machines were made by Wumag Palfinger.

As well as such access platforms, the company also supplies cranes to businesses in the oil and gas, renewable energy and transportation sectors, and provides equipment for the emergency services and for local authorities.