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LU/LA stands for Limited Use/Limited Application. The LU/LA elevator is basically a small commercial elevator. The controls momentary pressure, not continuous pressure like a wheelchair lift. The entrances are normally two speed automatic sliding doors just like a full commercial elevator. The limitations’ are 25’ of travel; 30 fpm; 1400lb capacity and 18 sq. ft. of floor space.

The benefit of the LU/LA elevator over a full commercial elevator is the space and cost savings. Overtravel and pit depth are much less than a full commercial elevator saving construction costs of a deep pit or roof penetration. You also save floor space and power consumption.

The benefit of the LU/LA elevator over a vertical wheelchair lift is the increased capacity. If you need a heavy duty accessibility solution that everyone can use, not just the mobility impaired, then the LU/LA may be the answer. 

LU/LA elevators are often used in schools, libraries, small commercial buildings, and churches as an alternative to a full commercial elevator. In most jurisdications the LU/LA does not have the restrictions for use in new construction that limit vertical and inclined platform lifts.

LU/LA Elevators come in five main styles. To determine which style is right for your application, see Tech Specs.

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