Commercial Lifts and Elevators for Sale

Does your commercial space have multiple floors? If so, by law, you are required to make all areas accessible to people of every ability.

At Nationwide Lifts, we make it easy for you to keep your property up to code and accessible to all with a commercial lift! Whether you operate a multi-level mega-mall or an office building, you cannot do so without a wheelchair lift or elevator. Commercial enterprises of all kinds have trusted Nationwide Lifts for our quality and selection. From passenger elevators to wheelchair lifts, freight elevators, dumbwaiters, and more, we have it all at Nationwide Lifts.

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Types of Commercial Elevators


Passenger elevators are used to transport people in business and residential settings. They may include features like advertisements, music, or televisions. Buildings with a sky lobby may include an express elevator that travels from the lobby to the ground floor with no stops in between.


LULA stands for limited use/limited application. These elevators are limited by how much weight they can carry, how much floor space they use, and travel distance. LULAs are normally used to make buildings handicap-accessible. They look and ride just like a typical passenger elevator.

Wheelchair Lifts

Wheelchair lifts are open-air platforms that raise a person in a wheelchair from one level to the next. Some models travel on a track built alongside a set of stairs. Wheelchair lifts have a very limited travel distance.

Freight Elevators

These elevators are designed to carry goods, not people. They feature rugged interiors to withstand the loading and unloading processes and can bear heavy weights.


You can think of dumbwaiters as a miniature version of freight elevators. They are also meant to carry goods, but on a much smaller scale. Dumbwaiters are often found in restaurant kitchens, used to transport dishes, and in libraries, for the transportation of books.


Hydraulic elevators are powered by a piston that moves within a cylinder. They are most often used in buildings with five or six floors but can’t be used in buildings that exceed eight floors.


Traction elevators move using flat steel belts and a grooved pulley. This is one of the first commercial elevator designs. When it was created in 1900, ropes were used in place of the steel belts used today.

Cable Drum

These elevators use a compact drive system that is both powerful and reliable. These elevators are quiet, ride smoothly, and can travel up to six stories.

Screw Drive

Screw drive elevators use a screw shaft and drive nut to move the elevator platform. These are among the slowest-moving elevator mechanisms. They’re favored for residential lifts because they don’t require a machine room.


Glass panels can be applied to a few different elevator models. These beautiful elevators are normally chosen for aesthetic purposes.


MRL stands for machine-room-less. MRLs are either traction or hydraulic elevators and are favored by people who need to save space.


These elevators are often made of aluminum for durability. Outdoor elevators typically travel a short distance and are often used to transport wheelchairs.

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Commercial Elevator Modernization

If you are looking to have your lift or elevator repaired, we can help with that, too: Call now for more information on our elevator repair, maintenance, and modernization services.

Elevator modernization consists of modifications to an older elevator to make sure that it meets code. Elevator modernization helps ensure that your elevator is as safe as possible. As elevators age and new safety measures are developed, your elevator can quickly begin to deteriorate or become out of date. Modernization can consist of updating the brake system, emergency support updates, and other modifications that will either improve safety or function. An elevator must meeting building code for the safety of its passengers and in order to be used legally.

Another aspect of elevator modification to consider is updates to meet ADA compliance standards. ADA stands for the Americans With Disabilities Act, which defines standards for making buildings and elevators accessible for those with disabilities. If you own a commercial elevator, you must meet ADA standards. These usually involve easily accessible placement of operational mechanisms and ample car sizes to accommodate a passenger using a wheelchair. Other specifications include Braille, slip-resistant flooring, and audio cues. Our elevator modernization service can determine whether your elevator meets ADA standards and help you make any needed changes.

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