There are plenty of different types of lifts on the market. Each one specialising in different primary functions.

Service lifts include dumbwaiters, as well as ‘micro lifts’ that you would find in a home or restaurant and trolley lifts that move roll cages between the floors of a supermarket.

So what is a service lift?

‘Service lift’ is a broad term. We mainly use the word ‘service lift’ to encompass any lift that helps you move goods around a workplace or at home. We need these lifts for moving things that we’d deem too cumbersome or dangerous to carry up and down flights of stairs.

Why would you need one?

If you are repeatedly moving goods over two or more floors, then it is recommended that you install a service lift. As well as being legally responsible for the safety of your workforce, it simply makes sense to make the work easier for them to increase efficiency.

Do I have the space for a dumbwaiter?

Historically, most grand houses were installed with a dumbwaiter; now, modern private dwellings can also benefit from having one installed. You may feel as though you don’t have the space available, but there are all sorts of options for fitting a convenient lift into your existing space.

Most dumbwaiters are installed at around waist height to ensure easy loading and unloading of goods. Larger service lifts load at floor height so you can move a trolley or pallet directly into the lift without needing to unload.

Does a building have to be a certain height?

With a standard load most dumbwaiters can travel anywhere between one and twelve floors – approximately 30 meters. Trolley lifts can carry much larger loads of up to 300kg – up to 18m – which is around 6 floors.

Are they durable?

These lifts are built under the knowledge that they are going to be used daily, so they are built to last. With proper lift maintenance there is no reason your lift couldn’t last decades. One of the longest serving lifts is over 39 years old.