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Our Guide to Buying Used Access Platforms

When it comes to purchasing used access platforms, several key factors should be considered to ensure you make a well-informed decision. Here at Central Platform Services Ltd (, we regularly offer a range of used access equipment, including platforms from leading manufacturers such as CT, Genie, Haulotte, JLG and Snorkel. In this post, we’ll offer our own tips to help you navigate the process of purchasing used access equipment.

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Step 1 – Understanding Your Needs

Many providers of used equipment will offer a wide variety of platforms including cherry pickers, scissor lifts, tracked platforms, spider platforms, and more, all of which will cater to different needs.

Before diving into the market, it’s crucial to identify the specific requirements for your access equipment. Consider the height you need to reach, the weight capacity required, and the type of terrain the platform will be used on. For example, if you’ll always be working on flat ground adjacent to the area you need to access, then a scissor lift should be perfect for your needs. On the other hand, if you’re a tree surgeon operating on rough terrain and require outreach to different areas without moving the platform, then a tracked spider platform will be a much better fit for your needs.

If you’re ever unsure, most sellers will be happy to offer advice based on a quick discussion of how you intend to use the access platform that you’re interested in.

Step 2 – Brands & Models

Familiarise yourself with the different brands and models available, each of which may offer a set of features specific to your needs, or you may simply prefer the appearance of one brand over another.

Whilst CPSLift is the sole dealer/distributor for CTE TRACCESS platforms in Great Britain, we also regularly offer used machinery from other leading brands including Genie, Haulotte, JLG and Snorkel, offering you a wide selection to choose from.

Step 3 – Assessing the Equipment

When looking at used machinery, it’s important to thoroughly assess its condition. Check for signs of wear and tear and ask for information on the platform’s maintenance and repair history.

At, we specialise in the service and repair of various types of access platforms and therefore pride ourselves on the quality of our used machinery. Should the condition of any used equipment within our sales stock be unable to meet our usual high standards, this will be clearly stated within the description of the machine.

Step 4 – Check For Safety & Compliance

When working at height, safety is paramount. You should always ensure that any used access equipment you buy complies with the safety regulations of the country and regions you will be operating in. has engineers who are certified to carry out inspections for the current LOLER & PUWER regulations and are IPAF-CAP certified for added reassurance. If you operate in the UK and your chosen equipment does not have a valid LOLER certificate, then we can help you on the road to becoming fully compliant. See our LOLER testing page for further information.

Step 5 – Consider After Sales Support & Associated Services

One thing to consider when buying used access platforms is how you will maintain your equipment whilst owning and operating it. You may wish to opt for a seller who offers comprehensive after-sales support packages including servicing, repairs, and LOLER testing (as detailed above).

Fortunately, we provide a full suite of after sales support services including everything from access platform servicing and repairs through to resprays and refurbishment, so whatever your needs, we can help you keep your platform in top working condition.

Step 6 – Check For Cost-Effectiveness

While the upfront cost of used access platforms is generally lower than new ones, consider the long-term financial implications of owning such machinery. You will need to factor in maintenance costs, potential repairs, and the lifespan of the equipment to gauge its overall cost-effectiveness.

Step 7 – Get Expert Advice

Don’t hesitate to seek expert advice. Many companies, including can provide guidance based on your specific requirements, helping you select the most appropriate used access equipment for your needs.


In summary, purchasing a used access platform can be a cost-effective solution if done correctly. By carefully assessing your needs, examining the equipment, ensuring safety compliance, and considering the level of after-sales support you will receive, you can make a sound investment that meets your requirements.

If you’re ever in doubt about what equipment you need, its condition or whether to buy new vs old, simply get in touch with one of our access specialists who will be happy to offer honest, friendly advice.

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