About Vertical Platform Lifts
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.