More and more companies are choosing to rent scissor lifts, booms and cherry pickers throughout the UK, Europe and America, according to the IPAF Powered Access Rental Report 2012. Powered access rental rates are increasing continuously in the US and have made a slight rebound in 2011 in Europe, following a difficult period due to the recession. Further growth of varying rates is expected throughout 2012 and 2013, meaning good news for the powered access industry.Germany has the largest market in powered access hire, with France taking second place and the UK just behind. The industry struggled during 2009 and 2010 but slow, steady growth is predicted from this year onwards for all of Europe, with the US taking the clear lead. A surprise emerging market is Brazil, which has an incredible predicted 40% growth in its powered access fleet within the next five years.Many powered access customers are choosing to hire access equipment like scissor lifts, whether it’s for a one-off project or year-round use. Rental contracts can accommodate nearly all access requirements, even if a fleet of machines is needed. Renting an aerial platform is a cost effective option for most businesses who need an access machine, even contractors who will use their scissor lift or cherry picker on a regular basis. Generally, the longer your hire contract, the cheaper your rental rate will be, so longterm powered access hire is often much cheaper than buying a machine. An instance where this might not be the case is when a company is able to purchase a second hand aerial work platform like a cherry picker, that is versatile and suitable for many different jobs. Buying a used cherry picker like this will usually save a company thousands on the original price, and could end up being a better option if they will be using the machine very regularly and over a long period of time.Renting a scissor lift or boom lift allows you a much wider choice in terms of platform height, type of machine, fuel and size. You are not limited to a single machine but can hire several different types to best suit your requirements, without having to shell out tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds on many different new machines. Most rental contracts offer a service and maintenance schedule, too, ensuring that your machines are well maintained and repaired if they break down. You should also be able to acquire your access training accreditation from your powered access hire company, so that you are fully trained in the safe use of your particular scissor lift or boom lift.The powered access rental industry is staying firmly afloat despite the recession, and is one of the few industries showing signs of growth in recent years. Many access companies are increasing their rental fleets so that an even wider choice of scissor lifts, boom lifts, cherry pickers and personnel lifts will be available to customers at lower hire prices.