Hydraulic Elevators

Affordable and Reliable Passenger Elevators

Hydraulic elevators are a mainstay in today’s commercial environment, generally in buildings up to seven stories high. They don’t require significant overhead hoisting machinery in comparison to traction systems.

Hoistway of a Hydraulic Elevator


Capacity: Up to 5,000 lbs
Travel Height: Up to 80 ft
Speed: 150 ft/min
Drive: Direct-Acting / 1:2 Roped


Cab of a Hydraulic Elevator



  • Designed for low to mid-rise commercial buildings
  • Accommodates passenger, service, and freight loading
  • Allows for front, rear, and side openings
  • Flexibility in design to accommodate the application
  • Holeless options available
  • MRL options available
  • Custom design and aesthetic options configured to complement need and budget
  • Manufactured and installed per current industry code standards
  • Regularly scheduled preventive maintenance helps to minimize downtime


Pit of a Hydraulic Elevator


We are an authorized dealer for many leading hydraulic elevator suppliers and manufacturers. We recommend the use of non-proprietary equipment because it ensures that your elevator installation brings the best value to your building. Our current manufacturer is Canton Elevator.  See link for details:

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Q & A


Hydraulic elevators are elevators which are powered by a piston that travels inside a cylinder. An electric motor pumps hydraulic oil into the cylinder to move the piston. The piston smoothly lifts the elevator cab. Electrical valves control the release of the oil for a gentle descent.


Hydraulic elevators are used extensively in buildings that are up to five or six stories high, in rare cases up to eight stories. These elevators, able to operate at speeds of up to 200 ft/minute, don't require significant overhead hoisting machinery, as geared and gearless traction systems do. Traditional designs utilize a single hydraulic jack, located directly under the platform and installed in the ground. They are offered as both low and high capacity elevators, can accommodate front and rear opening configurations, and have minimal pit and overhead requirements. For heavy-duty lifting, the capacity of hydraulic elevators can be extended to over 80,000 lbs, based on application and project need.

Holed Hydraulic Elevator

With holed hydraulic systems, the elevator car is mounted on a piston that travels inside a cylinder. The cylinder extends into the ground to a depth equal to the height the elevator will rise. As hydraulic fluid is pumped into the cylinder through a valve, the car rises. As the fluid returns to the reservoir, the car descends. This system is often called Inground hydraulic.

Holeless Hydraulic Elevator

Holeless hydraulic systems use direct-acting pistons mounted inside the hoistway to raise and lower the car. Travel may dictate the depth of the pit and potential overhead clearance requirements.