Continuing the theme of window cleaning from last week, we are going to look at cleaning of windows using a cherry picker. What’s a cherry picker? A cherry picker is generally a lorry or a small van with the back removed. This is then replaced with a platform and a basket linked to an extending hydraulic arm. The operative goes in the basket and then can raise the arm up to 100 metres in some cases. You will almost certainly have passed one when driving or walking around.
The cherry picker gets its name from a boy called Jay Eitel who designed the first prototype to save him having to climb up to the top of cherry trees in 1944. It was a further twenty years before it was improved with hydraulics, etc, by John L Grove. The name “cherry picker” stuck and has done so to today.
So going back to the task in hand, people like having their windows cleaned by a cherry picker as they feel it gives a better quality clean as the window cleaner is there at the actual window, not using a pole from the floor. Clearly, the quality of the clean does depend on the window cleaner really!
They do have a number of drawbacks though such as road closures as they can be quite big when being used, the danger of things dropping from a height or the person in the basket potentially falling, a risk of the unit breaking down with the operative up high, and cost. The cherry picker is expensive to buy and must have two people at all times. You have to then pay for road closures, etc. Cherry picking is not cheap.
Most of the drawbacks can be removed with good health and safety planning and window cleaning is not the only use of the cherry picker in property management. Window painting, roof repairs, building inspection, gutter cleaning, in fact anything needing an operative to take their feet off the floor can be cherry picker oriented.
So thank you to Jay Eitel – founder of the cherry picker.