Freedom Commercial Wheelchair Lifts are the dependable choice for an ADA compliant wheelchair vertical platform lift. Make businesses, schools, school stages, churches and other buildings handicapped accessible with a Freedom Wheelchair Lift. Our selection of wheelchair platform lifts can make your building safe and accessible for the best price. Read More...
Our 28" to 53" lifting heights should accommodate most buildings requiring a lift. We have sourced great options for a commercial wheelchair lift that is affordable, easy to install and requires minimal maintenance. School and church wheelchair lift needs are similar and we have many choices available. Along with permanent church and school wheelchair lift options, we offer portable wheelchair lifts for school and church buildings, which is great for making stages accessible to people in wheelchairs or scooters.
A commercial wheelchair lift needs to meet the ADA requirements, but because of the diverse needs of all people, it may be better to have a portable lift that travels up to 52” and can be stored away when not in use.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the CUSTOMERS responsibility to assure compliance with relevant building code and regulatory requirements. Read our Frequently Asked Questions about code commercial lifts here: https://www.freedomliftsystems.com/code-compliance
In commercial settings, a commercial wheelchair lift can travel up to 60” unenclosed. Freedom Commercial Lifts are available with maximum lifting heights of 28”, 52/53”
For travel heights from 5’ to 14’, there are lifts that can be enclosed in a shaft, as per code from other suppliers. Contact us for recommendations.
Freedom Commercial Wheelchair Lifts have a weight capacity of 750lbs. One of our lighter Portable lifts has a weight capacity of 550lbs.
Wheelchair lifts are designed to accommodate a single rider with a wheelchair or scooter, and are generally rated for 750lb maximum weight capacity. Some Commercial vertical platform lifts can travel up to 14’, but most are designed to travel less than 60”, unenclosed. Higher lifts need to be installed in a shaft, similar to an elevator. Wheelchair lifts have constant pressure controls.
Elevators are designed for multiple riders, and usually have much higher weight capacity and can travel any height. Elevators have fully automatic controls and doors. Elevators will cost significantly more than wheelchair lifts.
Both will likely need to be installed by a Certified Elevator Technician or Mechanic for commercial installations. Check with your local permit office to verify installation requirements.
When deciding how to make your business accessible you will be able to choose a lift or a wheelchair ramp. The configuration of your entrance may determine which choice to make, but a platform lift has many benefits. The footprint is significantly smaller for a lift usually no more than 5 feet by 5 feet. A ramp needs to be at least 1 foot long for every 1” of rise, so even to go up 4 steps your ramp would need to be 28” feet long. That is a lot of space and a lot of material, especially considering the increased cost of lumber right now.
Also, a lift is often better for more users, as some wheelchair users can’t roll themselves up a ramp easily, or safely roll down.
A portable wheelchair lift is a good solution for temporary needs and have often been used in schools and churches to provide access to a stage, for example, for events. Local jurisdictions will likely have a time limit that a temporary lift can remain in one location, so there must be a place for the portable lift to be stored. Most public and commercial buildings would require a permanently installed wheelchair lift instead. As always, please check with local permit office to verify code requirements.
Commercial wheelchair lifts likely need to be installed by a Certified Elevator Technician or Mechanic for commercial installations. Some General Contractors may be licensed to do lift installations. Check with your local permit office to verify installation requirements.
Commercial Wheelchair Lifts are configured to include safety options and requirements to meet ASME codes. You can choose a straight through platform or an adjacent platform for a 90 degree turn, depending on your layout needs. You can also add a battery backup system, which is also required in some jurisdictions.
If you are a business owner or contractor looking for accessibility solutions, call our expert customer service team. They are standing by to answer your questions and help you choose the right lift for you.
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