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At Vision Elevators, we strive to provide well-manufactured dumbwaiters that are aesthetically pleasing and ensure maximum functional efficiency and safety. Our dumbwaiters can be used wherever there is a need to move small quantities of goods from one level to another and are perfect for restaurants, libraries, hotels and many other industries
These lifts go by various names including dumbwaiter, kitchen lifts, catering lifts, service lifts, trolley lifts, roll cage lifts and our favorite... the micro lift!
When we say service lift we're referring to a lift that helps you move goods around your workplace or home that are too dangerous or cumbersome to lift manually, carry up multiple flights of stairs or a change in level. These are small goods lifts that can be loaded at waist-height or floor level and do not care people.
What are service lifts used for?
A service lift can range from a dumbwaiter or 'micro lift' in a home to move groceries, crockery etc. They also operate as catering lifts or kitchen lifts for a restaurant that has one or more floors - aiding in the serving and clearing of meals. Or for floor-level service a trolley lift that moves roll cages in a supermarket, delivers catering trolleys, or helps move boxes, kegs and crates between floors.
How do I know whether I need a service lift ?
If you are repeatedly moving goods over two or more floors by hand then a service lift will improve efficiency and safety. If you are a business owner you're legally responsible for the welfare of your staff during their working hours and also for the health and safety of everyone on your site.
Can I install a dumbwaiter in a private dwelling?
You certainly can. We have installed many Micro lifts, or dumbwaiters, in town houses where carrying goods such as shopping, over several stairways is challenging. Historically most grand houses had a dumbwaiter from kitchen to dining room. We've even seen a lift to a bedroom that delivers pizza from the restaurant downstairs!
How do I take goods in and out of the lift?
If you have a small service lift or dumbwaiter, working as a catering lift, then you will usually have this installed at waist height for loading/unloading plates and cutlery. Larger service lifts such as a Trolley lift will be loaded at floor height and take the goods to another floor level, so your goods would be on a trolley or a pallet.
How far can a service lift travel and how much can it carry?
Our dumb waiters can travel up to 30 metres or 12 stops and carries up to two standard loads - 50kg or 100kg. If you require a larger lift, our Trolleylift can travel up to 18m with up to 6 stops and carry loads of up to 300kg. We're also able to supply bespoke options too.
What configurations and sizes are available?
Yes, most configurations are possible. Single is the same entry side on each floor, after that there's through and adjacent entry lifts available. You can even have two entrances on the same floor if required. These little lifts are some of the most compact forms of lift so you'd be surprised at how small a space is required. There are also service lifts that are specifically designed to overcome low headroom on the upper floor.
What's the average load of a dumbwaiter?
The average loads are 360 per day for a Microlift and 180 per day for a Trolleylift.
Do I have room?
There are all sorts of options for conveniently fitting a service lift into your new or already existing building. A goods lift provider, can visit your premises and carry out a survey to advise you of the best position and product for your needs and walk you through the process.