What Is A Platform Lift?

There are many different types of lifts, so it’s not surprising that people often ask questions such as: ‘What is a platform lift?’

This is just one of the many frequently asked questions about lifts that we aim to answer below.

After all, at Axess2, we understand that people seeking to install a lift in a home or commercial property may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices.

For this reason, we aim to answer your most pressing queries so that you can make an informed choice and purchase the best lift for your needs!

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What is a Platform Lift?

Vertical platform lifts provide vertical movement between storeys in low-rise buildings and are also slower than passenger lifts (they’re limited to 0.15m/s). These types of lift can vary immensely and can be installed to fit just one wheelchair user or several people.

They can also be placed in a variety of environments, from homes to retail stores, and offices to schools. Platform lifts are good choices when you need to have a low pit or even go pitless.

How Much Weight Can Platform Lifts Carry?

When considering purchasing a lift, it’s important that you think about why you need it. This is because the maximum load capacity of platform lifts will depend on the type of lift you get, which means you need to consider its features before making a decision.

If you want to carry heavy weights on a regular basis, you may need a lift like the Lyfta L, which can withstand loads of up to 1 tonne. If, on the other hand, you don’t expect a lot of traffic in your lift (especially if you’re installing it in your home), the Hydraulic 250 or the Traction 400 (Leonardo) can be fantastic solutions, as they are suitable for a maximum of 3 and 5 users, respectively.

What is a Service Lift?

These types of elevators are made for the movement and transportation of goods, not people. Service lifts, as well as dumbwaiters, are usually found in environments such as restaurants, hotels, and retail businesses.

They have a reduced weight capacity but are incredibly flexible and can be used in a variety of situations, from transporting food from the pub kitchen to helping homeowners with reduced mobility.

Service lifts certainly have their place in both homes and commercial buildings.

What is a Passenger Lift?

Passenger lifts are designed to transport users from one storey to another and can withstand a great deal of weight (some lifts are capable of carrying up to 5,000kg of passenger weight). You can choose the perfect lift for you from a varied range, which includes standard hydraulic elevator and traction passenger lifts – a bespoke solution can also make sure that your lift will be tailored to your personal preferences as well.

In addition to this, our passenger lifts are also cost-effective, energy-efficient and can achieve speeds of up to 2 metres per second.

Which is Best for You: Home Lift or Stairlift?

A big question for homeowners seeking to improve their mobility in their own homes is whether to go for a home lift or a stairlift. Home lifts offer many advantages over traditional stairlifts.

These include:

  • They’re not installed on your staircase, so they don’t impede access to the stairs
  • They offer aesthetics benefits and can complement your interior design very well
  • They don’t require a wheelchair user to leave their wheelchair
  • They allow you to easily transport things like a hoover, or even a pet, with you

How Long Does It Take to Complete a Lift Installation?

Each case is different and will have different requirements that may impact the time it takes to install a lift. However, be it a home lift or an elevator installed in a commercial building, we provide solutions that require minimal disruption and maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about long periods of downtime.

Can You Install a Home Lift If You Have Limited Space?

Yes! Our Qube Home Lift solutions have been designed with small spaces in mind, which means you can still reap the benefits of a residential lift even if you have little to no space in your home.

Energy-efficient, capable of blending in seamlessly with its surroundings, and capable of travelling up to 13 metres in height, the Qube lifts are compact solutions that can fit into any home.

How Much Does a Home Elevator Cost?

The price of a home lift will depend on several different factors. These can include (but are not limited to) the type of lift you choose, the number of stops the elevator will have to make, the amount of construction work needed, and the cabin finishes.

If you wish to learn more about this, we’ve answered this question in-depth in our blog post “How Much Does a Home Elevator Cost?”.


Our platform lifts are great solutions for homes and commercial properties, so browse our range to see how they can be the right fit for your project. If you have any questions that we didn’t answer here, or if you wish to learn more about our products, feel free to contact us at any time or ring us on 1200 405 005.

Our expert team is more than happy to help you find the perfect lift for your needs and requirements.