Domestic Hand Lifts

Many traditional Victorian households incorporated manual lifts, commonly known as handpower dumbwaiters, and relied upon them for the vertical transport of food, laundry and goods of almost any type.

All the benefits of a manual lift still apply to households today. Kitchens are frequently found on the lowest level and dining areas on a floor above. This economically priced style of domestic dumbwaiter will provide the vital link.

Our modern hand-powered lifts are built with the same skills necessary to provide a reliable, sturdy and trouble-free dumbwaiter. The current range is custom built to suit most applications and will fulfil special design requirements.

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Choice of two models

Low headroom style available

Tailor made

Utmost reliability

Economic to run

Affordable pricing

Popular private house addition

Could be installed by local labour

Four easy steps to a new service lift
Step 1:
Give us a call, following which we will produce a quotation subject to survey. At this time a provisional drawing could be provided to enable a builder to cost for their aspect of the works.
Step 2:
If our quotation is acceptable a survey date will be arranged. Following the survey the details of the lift will be agreed, with respect to optional finishes etc., and an order placed. Builders Work drawings will be produced for approval.
Step 3:
Once the necessary preparation works, have been carried out by the builder, the lift is delivered to site, unloaded by our engineers and installation takes place. Handover is made to the site supervisor.
Step 4:
An After Sales Pack will be forwarded along with maintenance contract proposals
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  There are two models available for this type of service lift. Our H3 and H4 handpower lifts:  
The Battersea H3 manual lift serves at waist level at all floors.
This manual service lift is light and easy to operate and fitted with an automatic brake. With the gear mechanism fitted above the lift, a full height enclosure is necessary at all levels.

Entrance doors can be positioned at front and back or adjacent if required.

This dumbwaiter is operated by a hauling rope at all floors, apart from at an adjacent entrance.

The Battersea H4 style of hand operated service lift also serves at waist level at the lower floor.
At the upper most level the handpowered lift will serve into a cabinet. The height of the cabinet will be determined by the stopping level of the lift, an ideal selection where low headroom is a necessity.

Entrance doors can be positioned at front and back or adjacent if required.

This hand lift is operated by a winding handle at a lower level and is fitted with a pedal operated brake.


These modern handpower lifts are fitted with a counterweight system to minimise effort necessary. Both these models of service lifts are manufactured in our works and are fully customised to suit client’s requirements. We do recommend dimensions for the lift car but these can be modified to suit site limitations.

The standard capacity of these models is 25 kg but could be increased to a maximum of 50 kg.

The lift car is manufactured from timber with a white melamine lining as the most economic finish. Alternatively we can provide a wood grain of any style, stainless steel or any other specialist finish.

Landing doors for both models are provided and fitted by the builder to suit the surrounding décor.

As with all hand operated lifts, no problems occur when power cuts take place, reliability is automatically assured. Running costs are minimal, we recommend an annual service and inspection to ensure all equipment is safe to operate.

Our models are extremely economic to purchase and are most befitting to an older property. Equally so, a modern style handpower lift, all finished in stainless steel, will befit a contemporary designed kitchen.

Despite the fact we can travel anywhere to install our manual lifts, they are equally easily fitted by a local competent carpenter.

The necessary Builder’s Work for these models includes cutting the hole through the floor/s; forming the enclosure from timber stud or blockwork; providing a pair of hinged doors at each landing entrance; supplying and fitting a lift base cleaning access door and providing a machine compartment access door for the H3 model only.

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