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Standard Porch and Vertical Platform Lifts

Standard Porch lifts are, for the purposes of this page, lifts that are used in permanent, residential applications. These installations are normally bolted or lagged to a cement pad and hard wired or plugged into the house wiring. Although considered permanent, these units can usually be uninstalled when no longer needed or the user moves and transferred to a new location.

Porch lifts normally come in two drive styles:

  1. The first is an acme screw drive which is basically a long, well greased, threaded rod mounted vertically inside the "tower" and penetrates a large nut mounted on the platform carriage. When the rod is turned by the lift motor the platform climbs up or descends the rod.

    Because the platform won't move unless the rod is turning the platform will lock in place if there is a power failure or malfunction. These lifts come with hand cranks that will lower the platform but it has to be cranked by someone not on the lift.

    The maximum lift for screw drive lifts is usually 72" and they ar eusually free standing.
  2. The second type of drive is know as a 2:1 roped (or chained) hydraulic drive. A hydraulic ram located inside the "tower" pushes or pulls vertically on a bar that has two cables attached to it and the cables are routed through a pulley and attached to the platform which moves along a pair of rails inside the tower.

    Because of the pulleys the platform will move twice as far as the hydraulic ram (6" of ram movement moves the platform 12") the height of travel is greatly increased (usually up to about 23 feet).

    There are several things that, if they break or malfunction, will allow the platform to drop. Because of this there are brake mounted to the platform that automatically engage if the tension on cables is removed. In the event of a power failure this lift will stop climbing but can usually be lowered using the platform controls.

Savaria Multilift - Residential

Gain convenient, easy and reliable access with the Savaria Multilift, vertical platform lift. The Multilift easily accommodates a wheelchair with a capacity of up to 750 lbs. Built with durability in mind, the Multilift is up for the challenge of tough climate conditions. You can count on this lift for reliable performance and ease of operation.

Multilift porch lifts are ACME screw drive type lifts that are available with a maximum of 72" travel (48" Standard), optional call/send controls, three cab sizes, four cab configurations, an optional battery backup system and a variety of doors and gates with electric controls.

Savaria V1504 - Residential or Public

Were the Savaria Multilift has a travel of up to 72" and is designed service two levels the Savaria V-1504 lift is built to carry a wheelchair and passenger safely up and down mutiple levels and travel up to 23 feet (floor to floor). This lift is suitable for installations in public and commercial buildings and private residential locations, features an extremely versatile design that can be configured and customized to suit virtually any project requirements and aesthetic needs.

Driven by a reliable hydraulic system the lift travels up and down a rail system enclosed in the lift tower so no machine room is needed. The V-1504 can be configured as a porch lift or installaed in a shaft to resemble an elevator.

Cambridge - Deck Lift

The Deck Lift provides accessibility without barriers.

Compact and reliable, the units are engineered to endure the harshest weather conditions with protected controls and powder coated panels to resist corrosion.

Now you can enjoy an active, mobile lifestyle regardless of your limitations.

Even with in the case of a power outage the deck lift has full operation. No power, no problem!

Battery Powered Deck Lifts - Your best choice for independence and peace of mind

Bruno - VPL-3100 Vertical Platform Lift

With the introduction of the new Vertical Platform Lift (VPL-3100), Bruno has broadened the Accessibility Division's product line in a new direction - straight up!

Designed and built by Bruno's master craftsmen, the Vertical Platform Lift provides a rugged, reliable and affordable solution for individuals and caregivers who need assisted access to a porch or deck.

A significant amount of time and research went into the design and production of the VPL-3100, resulting in a simple, safe and dependable product, with an array of standard features, but still in an attractive price range for virtually any consumer.

The Bruno name has always meant trust, and our new Vertical Platform Lift extends that promise to another category of solutions "for your independence".

Savaria/Concord - P.A.L. Vertical Platform Lift

The P.A.L. vertical platform lift provides a safe and reliable means of access for your home or commercial building. The P.A.L. presents an aff ordable solution with a pleasing appearance and is designed for use in either indoor or outdoor applications.

The P.A.L. features a smooth hydraulic drive utilizing a state-of-the-art battery back-up system that provides uninterrupted service in case of a power failure.

The standard P.A.L.porch lift is an open model built to last with rugged materials and a powerful hydraulic system, designed for either residential or commercial use. The P.A.L.'s size and height can be customized to fit your exact application.

The residential model features a gate at the upper landing and an automatic folding ramp at the lower landing.

Separate controls at each level ensure that your lift will be exactly where you want it at the push of a button.


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