Not too long ago we looked at the history of inclined elevators, tracking the 500 hundred year journey from the oldest funicular to the modern systems we make. Although the first funicular was made 500 years ago, the inclined elevator still has a lot more history, particularly the ancient inventions that led to the compound machine we have today.
Even for outdoor residential elevators code compliance is very important. You will want to be sure your friends, family and anyone riding the elevator are going to be safe. Code compliance ensures owners that their elevators have been designed and tested to meet strict safety standards giving you peace of mind. Not to mention your exterior residential elevator is an investment, and should a storm or other calamity strike it, you’ll want it covered. Before your insurance determines whether or not to include any piece of property in your home owner’s insurance, it’ll need to pass applicable codes. Here are just a few of the necessary codes your inclined lift will likely need to meet or exceed.
We need to carefully tailor our inclined lifts to their surrounding environment to ensure the product not only operates safely , but lasts for years to come. Hill Hiker® does this through their unique process created and perfected by our skilled professionals. Here is a quick look at the people who make our inclined lifts.
The Outdoor Lifts
Facing the everyday elements for a number of outdoor lifts can be a true challenge. That’s why Hill Hiker® custom builds each of their outdoor lifts with the toughest components designed to withstand all weather conditions. Here are just a few of the environments where you’ll find our outdoor lifts thriving.
Although you can find Hill Hiker’s inclined elevators all over the world–three continents, nine countries and 32 US States and territories–they all come from our factory in Midwestern America. For 20 years, we’ve committed to building quality, American-made products users throughout the world can trust. Here’s a quick look at how we do it. Read More
At 38 degrees or greater, even the strongest professional cyclist won’t be able to ascend a hill. Gravity, elements and friction are too much. Luckily, we don’t need to use pedal-power to climb a slope. Thanks to the innovations of a number of industries and their inventions, we can kick up our feet and relax while we glide effortlessly to our destination. Here are just a few of the predecessors that led to sweat-free jaunts up and down steep places. Read More
Though Hill Hiker’s hillside lift installation teams make the work seem easy, there’s a lot that goes into the process. For starters, a Hill Hiker® installer needs to be prepared. In many states, mechanics need an elevator mechanic’s license before working on hillside lifts. We require extensive on-the-job training from our senior mechanics along with the necessary licenses for each Hill Hiker® installer. Once the hillside lift installation mechanic passes our standards, they and their team can begin work. Read More
In downtown Los Angeles, you’ll find a strange arch at the foot of a hill. Unlike the gleam of the steel and glass skyscrapers surrounding it, the architecture is old, like something pulled from the facade of a medieval castle. Behind the arch, 300 feet of track slope upward to the towering buildings at the top of the hill. This is what’s left of one of America’s most famous funiculars, Angel’s Flight. Read More