May 18, 2024

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The choice between a traction and a hydraulic elevator

Traction elevators use cables and counterweights to move the elevator car up and down. They are typically used for mid- to high-rise buildings, as they can travel longer distances and achieve higher speeds than hydraulic elevators. Traction elevators are also energy-efficient and require less maintenance than hydraulic elevators. However, they can be more expensive to install, and the hoistway requires more space than a hydraulic elevator.


Hydraulic elevators use a fluid-driven piston to move the elevator car. They are typically used for low- to mid-rise buildings and can handle heavier loads than traction elevators. Hydraulic elevators are also typically less expensive to install than traction elevators and require a smaller hoistway. However, they are slower than traction elevators and may require more maintenance due to the hydraulic system.

Overall, the decision between a traction and hydraulic elevator for your commercial property will depend on your specific needs and budget. It is recommended to consult with a qualified elevator contractor or engineer to determine which type of elevator is the best fit for your building.