The original meaning of the term ‘dumb waiter’ actually meant a serving tray on wheels. Since the 1840s however, dumb waiters have almost exclusively come to signify a small freight elevator that is specifically designed to transport small objects, especially food, between the floors and rooms of a building. The facilities are located within a range of commercial, public and private structures, although the most common termination of a dumb waiter route is typically within a kitchen. Restaurants and more dated homes often made use of dumb waiters as a convenient method to convey food between a kitchen and the dining room, and many of these mechanisms can still be seen in use today.

The first mechanical dumb waiter was pioneered by the American inventor George W. Cannon; an individual who profited greatly from the patenting of his new invention before his death in 1897. In essence, a dumb waiter is simply a moveable frame, situated within a shaft, that is controlled using electric motors or, originally, hand operated pulley systems. The first dumb waiters were constructed out of metal, or even wood, and their frames would lie inactive unless they were manually operated.

Modern innovations have allowed these devices to become increasingly more complex, with automated control systems and transport capacities that are as high as 1000 pounds. Because of contemporary workmanship, the initial set of problems experienced by many dumb waiters, such as incidents where the devices would slip inside the locating shafts, have largely been circumnavigated. Today, many establishments make use of dumb waiters, as they can be utilised to save service time, transport large quantities of documents between office floors and even assist disabled users.

Here at Axess2, we are a lift company that specialises in providing a broad range of lift devices, including dumb waiters, to a variety of clients all over Europe. Our high quality bespoke solutions are guaranteed to last for many years, and our versatile services make satisfying all of your requirements a matter of the utmost priority. Please contact us and we will be happy to supply you with any further information that you need.