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.

The commercial elevators and lifts we have for sale are trusted designs that are guaranteed to work to their specifications. Our LULA (limited-use/limited-application) elevators are ideal for adding accessibility to churches, small offices, or other spaces up to three levels tall. These elevators are a bit smaller than a typical passenger elevator, making them easy to install in virtually any building. Among the commercial elevators for sale at Nationwide Lifts, we have many different sizes, styles, and designs suitable for a number of uses. For instance, our passenger elevators are ideal for nearly any application, making it possible to transport people and bulky objects from one floor to the next.

Nationwide Lifts has become a trusted source for commercial lifts and elevators by offering companies only the best products, whether they buy online or shop from our free catalog. Call today for a free quote or to learn more about our available elevator lifts. Commercial business owners need not worry about complying with accessibility laws when they purchase our products: Nationwide Lifts has your commercial lift needs covered. If you can't decide which of our products is the best fit for your business, reach out to our knowledgeable team for advice and assistance.

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 in how much weight they can carry, how much floor space they use, and their 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 costs, 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 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 meet building code for the safety of its passengers and in order to be used legally. Aspects like elevator size and elevator shift dimensions must meet codes and safety standards.

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 have elevator dimensions that 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 markings, 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.

Commercial Elevator Sizes

Within a business setting, an elevator can be useful in many ways. Providing needed mobility for employees and customers is a priority, and commercial elevators enable this accessibility. A commercial elevator can range in size from a dumbwaiter to a freight elevator. Businesses that need to transport small objects from floor to floor, like books and dishes, can make great use of a dumbwaiter. Other businesses will need to move large, heavy loads of cargo brought in with a forklift or other heavy machinery, and a freight elevator is built to withstand this sort of use.

The type of elevator installed depends on your budget, requirements, and space, which is why Nationwide Lifts has an extensive selection of commercial elevators to meet every need. When exploring available elevators, one of the first details to consider is the typical elevator shaft dimensions. Our representatives can help customers to determine the commercial elevator dimensions that would be best for their business.

Nationwide Lifts offers many commercial elevators with varying specifications to fit different needs and applications:

Convenience and Accessibility for All

When a commercial building needs to provide accessibility for its customers on a smaller scale, Nationwide Lifts has elevators that can fit this need as well. Our elevators can meet ADA standards, which allow people of all abilities to use the elevator and access all parts of your building. Accessible elevators are important to your business because they create an inclusive culture and guarantee that no patrons are turned away due to limited access. Not only will you demonstrate your company’s commitment to inclusive and accessible business spaces, but you will avoid fines stemming from a failure to meet ADA standards.

Size Requirements for Commercial Elevators: At the upper landing, the ceiling height requirement is 106 inches for remodeling installations and 134 inches for new construction installation. These elevators can provide access to as many as three different levels, and they can travel up to 25 feet. The cab sizes range from 48 inches by 54 inches to 42 inches by 60 inches.

Size Requirements for Commercial Wheelchair Lifts: A number of lifts are available to move wheelchairs from one level to another in a commercial setting. Several different vertical wheelchair lifts have a standard cab size of 36 inches by 54 inches. Customizable sizing is also available for up to 18 square feet. An inclined wheelchair lift provides accessibility on a staircase using a platform that moves up and down the steps. The dimensions of the platform are 30 inches by 49 inches, and customization is also available for larger sizes.

A wheelchair lift can be used in many types of buildings, from shopping malls to office complexes. A lift may be installed for small sets of stairs, but a large passenger elevator may be better for taller buildings or ones that might need to accommodate multiple wheelchair users.

Request a Catalog Today!

Nationwide Lifts makes it easy to learn about all of the details of commercial elevators. Request a free full-color catalog that lists the commercial elevator dimensions we carry for every model. Our free catalog includes 26 pages of specifications, including the dimensions of an elevator, the capacity, costs, and the installation requirements.

Get a Quote

Customers can also learn about our products and request a free price quote online. Simply complete the short form and submit it to get pricing for an elevator that meets your specifications. Representatives are also available to assist customers over the phone, answering pertinent questions about the dimensions of an elevator and more. Give us a ring: We’re here to help!

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