Crane or cherry picker? has reported that a cherry picker has toppled over on an Auckland building site. Thankfully no one died in this accident and we hope there were no serious incidents.

The headline on was originally ‘… crane topples over on Auckland building site’. That was subsequently updated to refer to a cherry picker which gives rise to the question: what is the difference between a crane and cherry picker?

In the construction industry, a crane is typically thought of as a type of machine used for moving heavy objects by suspending them from a projecting arm or beam, typically with wire or rope. On the other hand, a cherry picker is a type of platform that consists of a platform or bucket at the end of a hydraulic lifting system.

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Based on common usage, the key distinction in the construction industry is whether something is suspended by wire, or hoisted on a hydraulic arm. The article is an example of how the same thing can have a different meaning to different people and understanding the context can be essential.

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