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Vertical Wheelchair Lifts

Vertical Platform Lifts carry a passenger vertically from one level to the next. There are two common lifting mechanisms:

  • Screw Drive: The screw drive system consists of a motor, screw shaft, and a large nut. The motor spins the screw shaft, raising or lowering the nut. The platform is attached to the nut. Hydraulic
  • Drive: The hydraulic drive system consists of a reservoir, pump, hydraulic fluid, and piston. The hydraulic fluid is pumped out of the reservoir and into the base of the piston, making it rise. The fluid is release back into the reservoir to lower the piston.

Vertical platform lifts with up to 6 feet of travel are not required to be enclosed. This means that they do not require walls around the moving platform. A gate is required on the upper landing to prevent a fall. The gate has an interlock that unlocks when the cab reaches the upper landing.

Vertical platform lifts with more than 6 feet of travel are required to be fully surrounded by walls. The lower landing must have a full height door. When this door is closed, it must be flush with the inside walls of the enclosure. The upper landing must have a gate or door that also closes flush with the inside walls of the enclosure. Both doors must have interlocks, preventing access to the enclosure when the lift is not at the landing.

Inclined Wheelchair Lifts

Inclined Platform Lifts carry a passenger along a set of stairs. The platform rides on a track that follows the contour of the stairs. There are two types of Inclined Platform Lifts:

  • Straight: These inclined platform lifts are built to follow a straight set of stairs. These lifts can easily be installed on any straight staircase.
  • Curved: These inclined platform lifts are built to follow a staircase around 90 degree, 180 degree, and custom radius turns. The rails are specially made to match the staircase

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Don’t Let Anything Hold You Back!

Conventionally, steps and multiple floors are integral to homes and commercial buildings. While such design facets are standard and economical, they leave wheelchair and motor scooter users restricted to a handful of areas or, worse, obstruct an entrance.

Wheelchair lifts, also known as platform lifts, provide an efficient and economical mobility solution, elevating a passenger from one floor to another or over steep front steps to the entryway. Apex Wheelchair Lifts, from Nationwide Lifts, offers homeowners and business or building managers an all-encompassing variety of inclined and vertical mobility devices.

True to its name, vertical wheelchair lifts move via a screw or hydraulic drive system from one level to another. The former system, part of the Apex Green lift, is composed of a motor, screw shaft, and a large nut, on which the platform is attached. To raise the platform, the motor spins the shaft. Hydraulic, on the other hand, consists of a reservoir, pump, fluid, and piston. As the fluid is pumped out of the reservoir and into the piston, the lift rises; to lower, the fluid flows back into the reservoir.

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