A guide to powered access hire and outdoor Christmas decorating

Looking to decorate outdoors this Christmas? This guide explores the benefits of powered access hire and tips on how to use it for safe outdoor decorating this Winter!

Christmas is quickly approaching, and you know what that means – festive trees, décor and lights galore! One of the best things about this time of year is taking a stroll through the Christmas lights, even if it is absolutely freezing outside (but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed by a mulled wine or good brew). 

It’s not uncommon for many to put away their outdoor tools when the weather turns cold and frosty. So, when it comes to decorating for Christmas, you might be wondering – how does tool hire come into play? The answer is more than you might think at first glance. As we mentioned earlier, everyone loves a grand Christmas display, whether it’s a giant twinkling tree or cascades of glittering lights that seem to appear almost overnight. But have you ever wondered how it’s all pulled off? It’s with trusty powered access hire, of course!

So, if you’ve got grand decorating ideas or you’re looking for the right tools to get your company’s Christmas décor looking better than ever, look no further than us at Smiths Hire. Here’s our guide to powered access hire, and why you should consider using it for your outdoor decorating this year. 

Why do you need powered access hire this Christmas? 

If you work on site, you’re probably well aware of the benefits of powered access hire, but just in case you need one, here’s a quick recap – this time with a festive twist. 

When working at heights that are difficult or unsafe to reach using traditional equipment, powered access equipment is a must-have. You can’t use unstable ladders on cold, slippery ground – it’s a recipe for disaster!. 

In layman’s terms, when it comes to outdoor Christmas decorating, powered access hire allows you to quickly and safely decorate tall structures, trees, and other hard-to-reach areas, resulting in more elaborate and eye-catching displays and far less risk of injury – a win-win!

Powered access equipment and their festive uses 

At Smiths Hire, we have over 50 years of experience providing powered access equipment for hire. With one of the largest fleets available in the UK, we can deliver nationwide within the next day. From small jobs to larger projects, we have everything you need to get the job done (providing you have the correct licence of course). And now we’ve covered the why of decorating with powered access hire; let’s dive into the how, starting with the smallest.

Low level access hire 

Low-level access hire is ideal if you need to reach high places that aren’t too high up. We offer a variety of low-level access equipment for hire, all great for decorating tasks, including narrow-powered platforms, which are an ideal choice for spaces that are a tighter squeeze. Our range includes push-around scissor lifts, self-propelled platform lifts, and HD mast lifts, all between 4.5 and 5.2 metres in height. These are great for decorating building entryways or low windows!

Scissor lift hire

A scissor lift is an excellent option if you need equipment that can reach higher areas like the sides of buildings or if you’re stringing up lights. At Smiths Hire, we offer both Electric and Diesel Scissor Lifts that can be used both indoors and outdoors, with working heights ranging from 5.9m to 28m. Our scissor lifts are perfect for outdoor Christmas decorations as they provide the necessary stability and traction when working at considerable heights, even on rough terrain.

Our range of scissor lifts offers a diverse range of safe working loads, starting from 227kg and going up to 750kg on our electric scissor lifts and from 454kg to 1000kg on diesel scissor lifts, so your Christmas cargo won’t weigh you down. All our lifts are designed for durability and efficiency, so you’ll find exactly what you need to fit your decorating project’s requirements.

Haulotte Compact 14 Scissor Lift (WH 14m)

Cherry picker hire

Lastly, we have our cherry pickers. Cherry pickers are especially helpful for outdoor Christmas decorations because they have both horizontal and vertical reach, making it much easier to get into all those hard-to-reach places! We have a variety of cherry pickers available in different sizes, so you can choose the one that suits the height of the decorating task at hand. 

Our van mounted cherry pickers can reach up to 12.5 metres, while our truck mounted cherry pickers can reach up to 70 metres, giving you complete freedom. Our range of cherry pickers make an especially great choice for decorating a larger-than-life Christmas tree. Whether it’s baubles, lights or a star on the top, you’ll have the flexibility of movement you need to get the job done quickly and safely! 

We’ve been providing quality equipment and tool hire services to the DIY and trade sectors for more than 50 years, operating out of our 16 tool hire depots across the North West and Yorkshire, including in several major cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. Feel free to call our team on 0330 822 3992 for any additional advice on our products!