When choosing a type of lift system, you need to weigh up the options and see which works best for you. Here’s some simple pros and cons to help you start, but it is important to apply these to your specific set up and see what is the best option for you.
Traction lifts are more efficient and reliable than a hydraulic lift as there are far fewer mechanical operations and no fluid systems which can have faults. They also require less space than a hydraulic lift, which requires a large amount of oil stored in a reserve.
Traction lifts are slightly faster than hydraulic lifts – making them a better choice for very high buildings.
Safety systems in a traction lift are designed specifically to prevent ‘dead drops’ and injury through mechanical failure or cables breaking. For example, the Gartec Goods Lift range all have an integrated disk brake which prevents the car falling. This is linked to the guide rails on the lift shaft, so if it starts to fall the overspeed governor kicks into action and the brakes stop the car without requiring the cables.
If you opt for a traction lift with a machine room, these can take up a lot of valuable space (but often you can get a machine room less option that means less space is required).
Traction lifts do tend to be more expensive than hydraulic lifts, though this is due to the extra speed and energy efficiency you get.
The classic idea of a ‘dead drop’ – the cables snapping and the lift car falling – is really a myth, but it is possible for cables to snap, which is not possible with hydraulic systems.
Whatever type of lift you go for, Gartec are always on hand to help. Just get in touch with us for support, information and advice.