It's a tricky place to be, several feet in the air, doing someone else's work. You need something stable to help keep the ground under your feet, literally. Here is our recommendation on what you should look at before you buy a work platform.
Cherry or Scissors?
An Aerial device or a "cherry picker" as it is called is perfect for flexibility. It can rotate in a number of directions to help ensure you don't miss a spot. This platform is perfect for industrial work platforms where a number of situations can arise.
However, if you're in need of a simple work platform and your necessity is going up and coming back down then we prefer you go for the scissors lift which can only move vertically. Such platforms are recommended for easy work that does not require additional movement.
Unpowered or Self-propelled?
Again, it’s all about what you need. For heavy load work we recommend the self-propelled machines which gives you relief that if your partner pushes the lever the other way you won't have to worry. Jokes aside the unpowered platforms are suitable for small time work and why buy an expensive automatic machine when you don't need it.
However, for heavy work and to save up on hiring people to hold a lever when someone goes up we recommend that you go for the self-propelled bad boys that can offer you stability and extra power when you need it.
These are the things we believe you should consider if you're thinking of buying a work platform.