Dumbwaiters: the small freight elevators are found in most modern structures nowadays. Commercial, public and private buildings; mostly restaurants, schools, hospitals, libraries and retirement homes all benefit from dumbwaiters to transport goods between floors.

There are different types of dumbwaiters available on the market. Each are suited to different buildings as well as different practical applications.

So what types of dumbwaiter are available?

FLOOR TYPE

There are two types of landings for dumbwaiters; floor type and window type.

Floor type dumbwaiters allow users to move heavy objects into the car more efficiently as the hatch is installed at the same level as the floor. These are best for goods that are normally transported using a hand cart. You usually find these floor type dumbwaiters in hotels, libraries or corridor areas where large items such as chairs and tables, laundry, or boxes need to be moved between floors regularly.

WINDOW TYPE

These dumbwaiters are installed at chest height. This way users who are transporting goods that are carried by hand can be placed easily into the dumbwaiter. Window type dumbwaiters are usually found in libraries, offices, restaurants and kitchens to carry books, documents, kitchen utensils, crockery, food and beverages.

LARGE TYPE

Some dumbwaiters have large cabins with an external manual gate which looks similar to normal freight elevators. The controls for these types of lifts are found on the outside. There are no controls on the inside of the cab, because even though they are generally large enough to fit a person in, these dumbwaiters are still used strictly for the transport of goods and not people, for safety reasons. The button panel on the outside often has a digital floor indicator and is used in supermarkets and warehouses to move large pallets of food products and materials.