We understand that purchasing a lift is not a small commitment. A lot of people perceive lifts to be luxury items, out of the reach of anyone who isn’t extremely well-off, but that actually doesn’t have to be the case at all. Lifts, as well as being extremely practical installations within both commercial and residential premises, are far more accessible than you might think. They also come in a multitude of shapes and sizes to be as useful as possible in a variety of circumstances.
Because a lift can range from a traction passenger elevator that is equipped to carry as much as 2000kg, yet go all the way down to a small dumb waiter that is designed for food or other stock items, there is quite naturally a lift type to suit any sort of requirements. However, sometimes the difference between lift types isn’t so obvious. You might not confuse a passenger lift with a dumb waiter, but what about a step lift and a platform lift? In such cases, you clearly have to know exactly what you need before you actually make a purchase.
Here at Axess2, our stock of lift options is incredibly varied, and because we also supply bespoke lift designs you could quite easily find yourself with no real idea of where to begin. Because of that, we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to help you to get to grips with the different lift types that we provide. Hopefully, these guides will make the selection process that much easier!
Machinery Directive Lifts
One of our most popular lift types these are suitably compared with a passenger lift and look exactly the same but they can provide a little more flexibility if space for low headroom and a low pit (pitless lift) is required. Passenger lift type Features make these a popular option for smaller or older buildings, or home lifts, note the speed of the lift is limited to 0.15m/s for EN81 regulations.
Step lifts are incredibly practical lifts that range from stair and step lifts right up to vertical platform lifts that are often mistaken for machinery directive lifts.
The lifts are perfect for commercial and residential applications to meet the DDA requirements for disabled passenger use only and should not be used as a general passenger lift. These lifts usually operate over 6 floors with multi landing stops and their compact nature makes them very efficient and easy to install.
These are the most recognisable lift , used in every major office and ‘skyscraper’ building out there. Essentially these are similar to machinery directive lifts but the speed is not limited as long as the pit and headroom requirements are satisfied, there is an opportunity to use code EN81-21 for low pit and low headroom solutions in existing buildings, but this requires approvals from BIS, which Axess 2 would be happy to assist with this solutionare a completely contained box moving within a shaft. The easiest way to spot one is by the tell-tale two sets of doors, one for the cabin box, one for the shaft and the speed and ride quality of the MRL gearless lifts..
Service Lifts and Dumb Waiters
These lifts are for commercial applications and are usually far smaller. They are designed to eliminate the need to carry heavy items of stock between floors of businesses such as department stores and restaurants.