If you need a lift that will be used frequently, and speed and efficiency are a priority, a passenger lift will be the way to go.
There are multiple options for the internal and external details of the lifts to accommodate branding and different building styles. Handrails, lighting, floors, buttons, ceiling, doors and side panels are important parts of the final finish of a lift and our design team are on hand to help you with every stage of the process.
We offer both Traction and Hydraulic technologies, and we can advise on the most suitable solution for your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Passenger lifts are used when you need to move people between floors quickly and safely. The two main types of passenger lifts are Hydraulic or Traction. There are benefits to both, with Hydraulic lifts tending to be a less expensive option with Traction more appropriate for heavy use.
How far or many floors will the lift be travelling up and down?
Hydraulic lifts are a cost effective solution when there are up to 4 floors to travel, as they operate with a lower travelling speed. Traction lifts move more quickly, so for buildings spread over more flights, Traction technology will likely be more suitable.
How many people will be using the lift daily, and how often will the lift be used?
Traction passenger lifts are a more robust option, and can be used constantly throughout the day. If you’re lift will only be used a few times per hour, a hydraulic lift is more cost-effective.
What speed do the lifts travel at?
Traction passenger lifts can travel at up to 1.6 metres per second. Hydraulic passenger lists travel at speeds of 0.6 metres per second. For up to 6 metres, a Hydraulic lift will be more cost-effective as the difference in speed will only be very small.
How many people need to travel in the lift at a time?
There is no difference in cabin size between the hydraulic and traction passenger lifts. The standard options for both types of lift are 8 person (630kg) or 13 person (1000kg). There are smaller and larger options too, with Traction lifts accommodating up to 2500kg.
What type of building is the lift being installed in?
If you have a building with more than 3-4 floors, traction lifts are the only solution that can offer quick travel. Smaller office blocks, residential properties, schools, restaurants and any other buildings with fewer than 3 floors may find a hydraulic lift sufficient.
Are Hydraulic and Traction lifts up-to-date with current regulations and legislation?
Both Traction and Hydraulic lifts are up to date with EN 81-20 and EN 81-70 (Disability Discrimination Act 1995). Our lifts also comply with EN81-20 which will come into force in September 2017.
Do I need to get my lift maintained?
Yes. Hydraulic and Traction lifts both require regular maintenance to ensure the technology is working properly and to prevent unplanned failure. We offer lift maintenance as one of our services.
Will I need to get my passenger lift LOLER tested?
Yes. LOLER testing (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) for passenger lifts are mandatory for both hydraulic and traction passenger lifts. We offer LOLER inspections at 6 month intervals, the tests are required by law.
How much pit space and headroom is needed for a Traction or Hydraulic passenger lift?
The Pit (the space under the lift) and the Headroom (the space on top of the lift) is required by law on both technologies. The minimum spaces for both technologies are below.
Hydraulic – 1200mm
Traction – 1100mm
Hydraulic – 3400mm
Traction – 3600mm
If you’re space has no room for a pit or headroom, and you only need a list to a small height, a platform lift may provide an alternative.
What special features are available on hydraulic and traction lifts?
All the passenger lifts supplied by Leeds Lifts can be tailored to suit your requirements. These include design features such as branding or features for specific occurrences.
- Anti-Vandal Lifts
- Fire Fighting Lifts
- Earthquake Resistant Lifts
- Heavy Loads
- Specific Design Requirements
- Glass Lifts
- Wall Climber/Scenic Lifts