Cherry-pickers in France

@JudyEv (119172)
Bunbury, Australia
June 30, 2017 2:29am CST
We didn’t quite know what we were coming to when we saw the above in the distance on our travels in France. As we got closer we could see they are what we know as ‘cherry-pickers’ but all arranged neatly with their platforms high in the air. One of these is just what we need to put up the lights for our outdoor concerts. I don’t think they’d miss one if we hitched it to the back of the motor-home, do you?
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@moffittjc (41291)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jun
Wow, it's interesting to know that you call them the same thing we call them here in America! You wouldn't believe how many times I have said the word "cherry-picker" only to have people stare at me liking I was talking in a foreign language.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
30 Jun
Most Americans that use them call them bucket trucks or lifts. In my world it's a cherry picker.
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@TheHorse (62373)
• Pleasant Hill, California
30 Jun
@Platespinner What are they mostly used for? Working on power lines and such like?
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
I don't know that the word 'cherry-picker' is used by the French. It was just used by me. I didn't see a sign on the fence to say what they were called.
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@xFiacre (4288)
• Ireland
30 Jun
@judyev What a very unsettling sight to happen upon. I wonder what the collective noun for a gathering of cherry pickers might be.
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@MALUSE (38107)
• Germany
30 Jun
It's 'chariot', of course.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
Malu's suggestion is as good as any I think.
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@Nawsheen (22959)
• Mauritius
30 Jun
I have never seen such machines before. Those machines can be used for many purposes.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
I can think of a dozen uses for one.
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@alberello75 (16606)
• Genova, Italy
30 Jun
From what I see in the picture, they seem like platforms designed to lift the people (Normally the workers). That seems to be an establishment suitable for the sale of these machines. Obviously I think they also work well to keep up the spotlights. Do you need one of these?
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
You are right about their use. We have outdoor concerts back home in Australia sometimes and such a machine would be useful to put up the stage lights.
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@alberello75 (16606)
• Genova, Italy
30 Jun
@JudyEv Excuse me a question: how much it costs to rent one of these machines, just for one day?
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@alberello75 I'm sorry but I don't have any idea. We've never asked about renting one so I don't know.
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@LadyDuck (147982)
• Switzerland
30 Jun
I have never seen so many machines, those I have seen used to pick cherries had bigger wheels. I have seen those in the photo used most of the time to replace light bulbs in the streets.
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@TheHorse (62373)
• Pleasant Hill, California
30 Jun
Do people really use similar machines to pick cherries?
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@LadyDuck (147982)
• Switzerland
30 Jun
@TheHorse Cherry picking is made manually, sometimes using ladders, I have never seen people using those machines. Cherry trees are kept very low, so that sometimes you do not even need ladders. This is the photo or real cherry picking in France.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
That's another use for them for sure. They are used in orchards here but mostly for pruning rather than picking fruit.
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@Platespinner (16529)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
30 Jun
Back in February I stayed at a hotel with a whole fleet of cherry pickers in the parking lot. They were on there way home after working to clean up after an ice storm in another state.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
What would they have been used for? Maybe picking branches off of power lines or something?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
30 Jun
@JudyEv they're used for working on the transformers and the like. Placed around here are trending more towards running electric under ground, but in many places it's still strung pole to pole.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@Platespinner Now I think of it, ours are used for that as well. We used one once when we painted the roof of a church but it was on a huge base. The bucket affair was controlled from the top.
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@Shavkat (56925)
• Philippines
30 Jun
I haven't seen such cherry-pickers. The reason, we don't have cherry trees in my country. Thanks for sharing it.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
They do have other uses as well as for picking cherries. They are very handy machines.
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@Shavkat (56925)
• Philippines
2 Jul
@JudyEv I can tell through the picture.
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@silvermist (19919)
• India
30 Jun
Never seen one in my life.Knowing your opinion about stealing,I do not think you would hitch one of those to the back of your motor home.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
Ahah! But this is something I really, really want which just might make all the difference!
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@silvermist (19919)
• India
30 Jun
@JudyEv Temptation! In the form of cherry--pickers. Who would have thought.
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@1creekgirl (9936)
• United States
30 Jun
They might not miss it, but I can promise you'd get lots of funny looks and comments.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
That's what worries me so we'll probably leave it where it is.
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@garymarsh6 (13198)
• United Kingdom
30 Jun
Have one shipped back to Australia with you! They won't notice one missing especially if it has an ozzie flag on it!
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
No-one would suspect two old wrinklies to commandeer a cherry picker, would they?
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@MALUSE (38107)
• Germany
30 Jun
I've never seen such machines. What are they really for? Maybe for repairing electric wiring?
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
They do use them a lot in orchards, either for picking the top fruit or for pruning. Commercial businesses use them for washing windows or sign writing too. Changing street light bulbs is another use.
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@franxav (4753)
30 Jun
They certainly will be useful in doing many other things.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
They do have a great range of uses.
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@owlwings (38899)
• Cambridge, England
30 Jun
I'm sure nobody would take a second glance at one being towed behind a motor home but you might have trouble getting under some low bridges and you might need some kind of special access on the ferry!
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
The platform part folds down nice and low, probably to a height less than the motor home. I think we'd get too many strange looks though and I'd end up wanting to put a bag on my head so people couldn't see me.
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• Pamplona, Spain
30 Jun
Would they miss one? Probably would too. Great idea they have got going there and I so love cherries but very expensive at the moment.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Cherries are expensive in Australia too. The local people set up roadside stalls usually just before Christmas and there is a 2 to 3 month season.
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• Pamplona, Spain
1 Jul
@JudyEv They are over 4 Euros at the moment and I am hoping that they will come down in price at least. Its a good idea also to sell them by the road. Cherries are very good for us.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@lovinangelsinstead21 We enjoy them when they are in season.
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@teamfreak16 (40534)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun
That would definitely make things easier.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
It would be so handy - lopping trees, painting rooves. We definitely want/need one!
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@teamfreak16 (40534)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Jul
@JudyEv - I'll bet they aren't cheap, though.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@teamfreak16 Money is the only thing stopping us getting one!
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• United States
30 Jun
I thik they 'store' them like that so no one steals one!
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
They look quite impressive with all their platforms high in the air.
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• United States
30 Jun
@JudyEv Yes they do.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill It should be easy for us just to back up to one though. We have a tow-ball.
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• United States
30 Jun
Would be handy Judy
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
Washing high windows would be a cinch. Trouble is, I don't have any.
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• United States
30 Jun
@JudyEv I would find a use for them hehehehe
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@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jul
lol yes theywold workl for that alrght lol
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I'm sure we really need one on our little farm.
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@allknowing (61927)
• India
1 Jul
Why can't cherries be picked the normal way. Such gigantic looking machines. If I took it anywhere near my cherry tree my tree would die No thanks. (lol)
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
From what I've seen they're just used for the cherries at the very top of the trees.
@tzwrites (4622)
• Romania
30 Jun
I see these machines all the time. Guess they're very useful.
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@JudyEv (119172)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I'm sure we'd find lots of uses for it.
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