Hydraulic Home Lifts

It has never been easier to install a home lift, whatever the size or architectural challenges your property may present. Innovative platform lift technology offers homeowners a range of options, including curved inclined lifts or straight inclined lifts for stairways, and the vertical platform lift which provides access to every floor.

Where clients opt for a vertical platform lift, we offer the option of either an hydraulic or electric drive to power the transport. In this blog we consider the advantages of hydraulic lift drives, and compare them with electric lift drives.


Do you require an Hydraulic Home Lift? Call the Tower Lifts lift team today on 01525 601099 for more information.


What is an Hydraulic Lift?

An hydraulic lift uses an electrically powered pump to push pressurised hydraulic fluid, which is normally oil, to a lifting system. The passenger cabin, or platform will rise due to increased pressure on the hydraulic fluid as it is pumped into a cylinder at the base of the lift. To travel down, a valve opens to release the pressure on the fluid.

By contrast, the electric lift is moved by steel ropes that are connected to an electric motor. A counterweight is used to balance the load of the passenger cabin, and traction on the ropes is what raises and lowers the lift.

The Advantages of Installing Hydraulic Home Lifts

The hydraulic lift became the default lifting mechanism used throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Its major advantage is its space-saving capability, as the mechanism occupies around 10% less space than an electric lift. This makes it particularly useful when installing small lifts for the home.

An hydraulic drive is the ‘long distance runner’ of lift mechanisms. It’s extremely durable and, so long as it’s maintained regularly, it can be relied upon for years’ of service. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the hydraulic drive is particularly effective for heavy loads as it provides an extremely efficient lifting force.

Maintenance for Hydraulic Lifts

As with any lift installation, Tower Lifts engineers recommend regular servicing and maintenance to maximise the life of your vertical transport, and maintain its high performance. A maintenance package, tailored to your requirements, also means that should you experience any problems with your platform lift, our repair team will respond immediately.

Residential Platform Lift Design

Once the decision about which kind of drive you choose to power your platform lift with are made, you can concentrate on the more creative aspects of home lift design. These include customising the passenger cabin and doors to integrate with the décor and style of your interior design. Each of these decisions ensure that your platform lift provides both the access and aesthetic that suits your requirements.

Why Choose Tower Lifts for Hydraulic Home Lifts

The Tower Lifts team has been designing and installing bespoke platform lifts for nearly two decades now. In that time we’ve overcome just about every challenge a domestic interior can throw at us. We’re a friendly, skilled and experienced team of professionals that love transforming interiors to make them fully accessible for families and individuals.


Wondering whether a hydraulic home lift is right for you? We consider the advantages of hydraulic platform lifts. For more information and advice, call us on 01525 601099


Tower Lifts carry out design and installation on a varied range of lifts throughout the UK including:

Domestic Lifts • Food Lifts • Bespoke Platform Lifts • Service Lifts • Platform Lifts • Goods Lifts • Scenic Lifts • Heavy Duty / Car Lifts • Passenger Lifts • Dumbwaiter Lifts • MRL Lifts • Fire lifts • Residential Lifts • low-Headroom Lift