Lift 10: Wrought Iron Luxury with Self-Locking Car Doors and Automatic Station Gates

Model: 4-Person
Track: 110' at 26°
Year: 2006

We built this for a customer of the Muskoka Building Company on a cottage construction site after their original contractor delivered the lift but was unable to start the installation. We used their track and car but upgraded the rest of the installation with our own track/leg structure, drive, suspension, control, and emergency braking systems.

The wrought iron work on the upper patio and on the car was done by Get Bent Metal in Gravenhurst. With the different car and track design, the added iron work, and our running gear, this is truly a unique hybrid lift.

With the improved drive system we were able to make the track steeper. This created less intrusion at the upper level, offered a better view of the lake, and enabled us to install the lower station on the boathouse deck rather than stopping one landing above it (as in the original design).

This lift was the first to have three new features:

  • The suspension cable attachment was moved from the bottom to the top end of the dolly, stabilizing the ride because it's above the center of gravity. The old design pulls from below the center of gravity and is unstable, like pushing a pencil uphill. As a bonus, with the new design if the suspension cable goes slack by even an inch for any reason, the Slack Cable Brake Trigger sets the brake dogs into the track, and the car stops, and the PLC stops the lift motor and set the motor brake. Unlike the design it replaces, the cable cannot be damaged when this brake trip so the lift can be used to return passengers to the top. The brake can be easily reset by the riders. This is now our standard design.
  • Self-locking/self-closing car doors. This mechanical locking mechanism  automatically engages as the car leaves one station and opens when it arrives at the other, adding further safety.
  • Automatic rotating access gates at both stations. These are seamlessly integrated into the lift, closing automatically as the car leaves a station then opening when it arrives. When the car is not in the station the gates are securely locked.

When the contract was completed, Dave Heslip of Muskoka Building Company wrote this testimonial: 

“Inclined Elevation delivered exactly what they promised — a perfectly positioned, neat, clean, robust track that exudes strength, safety features that set the mind at ease, and a smooth ride that inspires complete confidence.”