The new LEGO Technic 42144 Material Handler is an impressive looking set. But it’s also really pricey, so – like anything expensive – it’s best to get maximum use out of it. At least, that’s the approach this writer takes with TLCB Executive Washroom & Sauna.
Cue M_longer, who has repurposed the pieces from the aforementioned set to create this neat cherry picker truck. A pneumatic hoist with a rotating turntable, working steering, and mechanical stabilisers feature, plus building instructions are available, so other owners of 42144 can both handle material and pick cherries too.
There’s more to see of M_longer’s 42144 alternate at Eurobricks and Bricksafe, and you can pick your way over via the links in the text above.
You could say that we ‘cherry pick’ the best Lego creations that the web has to offer when we publish here at TLCB. And that’s a tenuous enough link for us to use to highlight this marvellous fully mechanical Technic cherry picker truck by previous bloggee paave.
There’s functioning ‘HOG’ steering, opening doors, working outriggers, a rotating telescopic and elevating boom, and an adjustable basket so your cherries don’t fall out, all of which are operated via good ol’ fashioned mechanics.
There’s more to see of paave’s creation at the Eurobricks forum – pop your cherry via the link.
We don’t think we can ever recall seeing a cherry picker actually picking cherries. Fixing light bulbs, telephone wires and cutting trees, yes. Picking cherries, not so much.
Still, whatever the inaccuracies of the name, this remote control Technic cherry picker from Anto of Eurobricks is a very accomplished build. Remotely operable functions include the drive, motorised outriggers, a rotating turntable and an elevating crane boom, whilst mechanics take care of the steering and boom extension.
There’s lots more to see of Anto’s creation at the Eurobricks forum via the link above, plus you watch the cherry picker in action via the video below.
We’re not really sure why hoist platforms are called ‘cherry pickers’. They must be useful for picking cherries, but other tasty fruits are equally pickable. In fact, we’ve only ever seen these things in operation fixing street lights or telephone cables, with no fruit of any kind involved at all. Anyway, whatever they should be called, this Technic version by Eurobricks’ TomasHubik is a nifty bit of kit.
Underneath the slightly bland (but therefore pretty realistic) bodywork there’s a fully remote controlled 4×4 drive-train complete with front and rear differentials and rear-axle suspension. But can you pick cherries (or other fruits) with it? Yup, because that complicated-looking lift-arm arrangement on the back is remotely controlled too, with two Medium Power Functions motors propelling the platform skywards and rotating it towards the tastiest plunder. You can even use it for marooning Elves in high places. Not that we’d do that.
There’s lots more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum, where there’s also a link to a video the cherry picker in action. Click the link above to get picking.
TLCB staff are forever being told to fold stuff neatly and put it away by our long-suffering intern, so today we’ve done just that with two expertly engineered Technic cranes – although we’re not entirely sure this is what she meant.
First up is damienple‘s Technic cherry-picker, complete with Power Functions, working stabilisers and an extending boom, as found by one of our Elves.
Today’s second Technic crane truck was found by a reader, and comes from AttikaMoc. It’s a truck-mounted knuckle-boom crane and it also features Power functions, working stabilisers and an extending boom.
There are further images available for both builds on Brickshelf – click the links above for more.
You could say we cherry-pick the very best Lego vehicles for publication here at TLCB, and that this is some sort of metaphor, but that would be too tenuous a link even for us. Coincidentally, here’s a Technic cherry picker. See more at Krzysztof Cytacki‘s photostream.