Learning the Facts Related To Hydraulic Lifts and Elevators

by Residential Lifts Marketing
If you have decided to get a hydraulic lift installed at your home or office, it would be really fruitful for you to have an in-depth idea of the entire working mechanism this information will only help you operate the machine well, maintain it well and most importantly, understand its basic functions really well. Here in this post, we have discussed hydraulic lifts and everything that one should know about it and before that, let us have a look at some benefits as well as disadvantages.


  • Quicker to install than others
  • Less expensive to install and maintain
  • Ideal for transporting heavy loads
  • Occupy less space
  • Get machine room-less configuration


  • Only intended for low and mid-rise buildings
  • Can only travel up to 150 ft./min
  • More power requirements 
  • It is noisier than other systems

What Are The Different Types Of Hydraulic Lifts And Elevators?

  • Holed Hydraulic
  • Holeless Hydraulic
  • Roped Hydraulic
  • Machine Room-Less (MRL) Hydraulic

What Is A Hydraulic Elevator?

According to the experts of lift modernisation, there are generally two kinds of elevator systems present in the markets and the names are – 

  • Traction lifts
  • Hydraulic lifts

Traction lifts  
As far as traction elevators are concerned, it utilises steel ropes or belts that runs on the pulley system

Hydraulic Lifts
Then, there are hydraulic elevators that run on hydraulic jacks, powered by fluid driven pistons that travel inside the cylinder.

How Do Hydraulic Elevators Work?

  • The first thing to know about them is that they are entirely different from traction elevators and moreover, they don’t use overhead hoisters for operations.
  • Instead of this, they work with the help of compression fluids that help these machines generate movement and momentum.
  • There is an electrical cab fitted in this version that gets power from an electric motor that works by pumping the oil into the cylinder where pistons are installed and this oil is there to move these pistons actually.
  • Other than this, hydraulic lifts also incorporate electrical valves to control the release of oil for a gentle ride.
  • In such cases, fluid is needed to power the hydraulic elevator, but this fluid should actually be oil-based and experts of lift modernisation say that vegetable oil as well as biodegradable oil can also be used as they both are environmentally friendly. 

What Types Of Buildings Use Hydraulic Lifts And Elevators?

  • As an answer to this question, lift modernisation companies say that this kind of lift can be found in almost any kind of building, but the main point that will influence the installation is the height to which, they can travel.
  • According to the experts, this version requires a good amount of energy to raise the cab and this restricts them from getting installed in high rise buildings.
  • One more point is that they operate at the speed of 150 ft./min. or less, making them slower than other types of elevators.
  • Because of these two reasons, it is recommended by lift modernisation companies that they should not be installed in buildings having more than 7 floors. 

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