Hydraulic Passenger Elevators

Proven Technology

Hydraulic elevators have been in service around the world for many decades. They use proven, oil-based lifting technology in low to mid-rise buildings (up to 6 floors) to provide a robust and reliable elevating device.


Hydraulic elevators are relatively simple in design compared to traction elevators. This makes them a cost-effective choice when the entire product life cycle is considered—from the initial installation through to regular maintenance.


Under normal circumstances with regular preventive maintenance, many hydraulic elevators last more than 20 years before requiring major upgrades.


Hydraulic elevators generally have fewer parts than traction elevators, which makes them easier to maintain and service. In addition, there are fewer proprietary parts, so they can be serviced by other elevator contractors instead of the OEM.

Elevator with glass cab in a parking garage
A hydraulic elevator in a six-storey parking garage, featuring a glass cab

Other Features

Typical Applications

Hydraulic Passenger Elevator Configurations *
Conventional In-ground Hydraulic Holeless Hydraulic
Dual Upright Dual Telescopic Dual Roped
Typical Floors 2 — 6 2 — 3 2 — 4 2 — 6
Max. Travel (mm) 15,000 4,200 7,700 15,000
Typical Capacity (kg) 910 - 2,500 910 - 1,587 910 - 1,587 910 - 1,587
Cylinder Location Below Ground Elevator Shaft Elevator Shaft Elevator Shaft
Drive Type Direct Acting Direct Acting Direct Acting 1:2 Roping
Initial Cost $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Service Costs $ $ $ $ $
  • Cost effective for new construction
  • Robust design
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Cost effective for  both retrofit sites and new construction
  • Can have front and rear entrances.
  • Cost effective for  both retrofit sites and new construction
  • Cost effective for  both retrofit sites and new construction
  • Higher travel than other above-ground hydraulics
  • Not suitable for bedrock or groundwater sites
  • Requires third party hole drilling at construction
  • Cylinder replacement is expensive
  • Limited travel distance
  • Oil noise is greater than an in-ground configuration.
  • More expensive to install than an in-ground elevator
  • More expensive  to install and maintain than an in-ground elevator
  • More susceptible to vandalism
* Please call Delta to discuss custom configurations.

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