About Vertical Lifts

Vertical Platform Lifts (or VPLs for short), are very useful for helping a wheelchair user travel between levels. Vertical Platform Lifts are similar to elevators but use constant pressure switches.

Designed to withstand Chicago’s weather – a VPL consists of a:

  • Lift Tower – with either a hydraulic or ball screw drive mechanism
  • Platform with solid sides that is attached to the tower. When in use, the platform moves vertically up and down along the tower.
  • Key Operated Controls at the upper and lower landings as well as on the platform

Where Can they Be Used: Vertical Platform Lifts (VPL’s) can be used both indoors and out and in residential and commercial settings. Short VPL’s, often called “Porch Lifts” are used to provide access from ground level to enter homes. In a commercial setting, VPL’s are enclosed in a “hoistway” – either a factory supplied enclosure or a constructed enclosure.

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Capacities: Vertical Platform Lifts (VPL’s) have weight capacities ranging from 500 lbs to 750 lbs. The higher weight limts are helpful for powered wheelchair users as the chairs are often quite heavy. VPL platforms are typically 48″ long – but platforms up to 60″ are available for those with longer wheelchairs. Code limits VPL’s to 12 feet of vertical travel and three stops.


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My lift has been all done for a little while and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to send this note, but I did want to say that my lift and deck installation is beautiful and functional and I want to thank everyone at EHLS and all of the associated contractors for your hard work and attention to detail and follow-up. I know I’m forgetting many, but I remember Susana, James, David, Tony, and the electricians. I wish the scheduling would have offered more notice, but it is all worth it in the end, as this lift has opened new horizons of mobility for me. Again, please pass my thanks along to everyone. I have sent along these same sentiments to Mark at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Hoping you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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Last week I received a wheelchair lift and I just wanted to thank EHLS for providing me with the lift. I think you guys have a wonderful program, and you make people’s lives much easier. This wheelchair lift has giving me my independence back and I’m very grateful for that. It’s such a great feeling being able to get in and out of my house and not having to rely on family members and friends for their help. I would also like to thank the guys who installed the lift. Thank you again for this wheelchair lift, it has truly changed and brought so much happiness into my life.

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