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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Testimonials

We highly recommend EHLS’ consulting and contracting services to make your home or place of work accessible. EHLS is qualified, professional and creative. Without exaggeration, EHLS is one of the best companies we have had the opportunity to work with.

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!

I was most satisfied with the salesperson, he was very knowledge. The installers were great as well, they were very professional and clean. We are satisfied with both products installed they are awesome.

It’s always a pleasure to do business with EHLS. Your prompt and warm response to my urgent stair climber request is so greatly appreciated. It’s this type of reliable service that compels me to frequently refer RIC patients and family members to you. Please extend my deepest appreciation to your wonderful staff for the continuing great work.

I was satisfied with everything. The cost, the work, and the workers. The workers were very nice, and problem solved as the built it. They just did a great job.

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