It is the quality of our work which will please the customer and not the quantity. All things can be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
We recently had the opportunity to work on a LEV residential elevator manufactured by Thyssen Krupp Access. This is probably the prime example of a mass produced elevator system. Surprisingly, the unit seemed to operate safely, it still lacked robustness and ease of access for servicing.
In the 80 (ICOC) & 30 (TL Shield) years of installing and servicing residential elevators, we have seen many different manufacturers equipment.
It is important to choose the right lift for your application. If you want a “cookie cutter” type of plain system that will most likely serve your needs, it will most certainly lack appeal and be unreliable when you most need it.
In the world of elevators, it is definitely true that you get what you pay for. We’ve seen a lot of inexpensive units. More so the inexpensive ones because they usually are the problematic units that break down more often and need more frequent servicing.
Another issue with mass produced units are the conditions need to be “just right” to properly install the unit, no room for errors. On the other hand, custom-made elevator systems are just that, custom made to fit the existing or “as built” conditions. We are asked quite often what the minimum needed space is for our elevators. We reply “how much space can you allow”? Of course we do have minimum requirements but we can (and have) fit our elevators into some very tight conditions. The opposite is true as well. If one can accommodate the space and desires a much larger elevator, we can provide this as well.
There are other features that are more readily available with custom units that are not available on the mass produced units. These include travel speed, simple to elaborate cab designs and finishes, lighting options and a choice of fixtures (hall call buttons and car controls). We have also seen basic safety features compromised or not available on the mass-produced elevator systems.
The end result is knowing your unit was designed and custom made to your needs and specifications rather than one that is mass produced, crated up and waiting in a warehouse to be bought and installed.
Rest assured that when you do business with Inclinator Co. Of Ca. and TL Shield & Assoc., Inc., your project will be constructed to the upmost quality and reliability.
Call us today at (800) 954-3887 for a free consultation.