Commercial Elevator Solution

LU/LA (limited use/ limited application) elevators are commercial elevators designed to meet the needs of smaller public access buildings like offices, schools, banks, or churches, and multiple unit residential buildings (apartments and condos). They are often a less costly alternative to traditional commercial elevators.

LU/LA Elevators

Northstar Lifts is your source for Limited Use/ Limited Access (LU/LA) Elevators for businesses, churches, schools, and multi family residential buildings. LU/LA elevators offer lower cost, lower maintenance alternatives and options to larger commercial elevators. We serve all of upstate New York, including the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, Adirondacks, Central and Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes Region, and Western New York.

LU/LA Elevators Advantages Over Commercial Elevators

  • Shaft ways can be wood frame and sheet-rock vs a masonry shaft way reducing construction costs.
  • Smaller pit depth and overhead requirements
  • Smaller shaft way size reducing the floor space taken for an elevator
  • Lower cost vs most commercial elevators
  • Single phase and three phase power options, integration with phase one fire service

Offering A Wide Variety of Finishes

A wide variety of finishes are available for a LU/LA elevator, including stainless steel, painted finishes, and raised laminate panels.

Three Phase Power Availability

LU/LAs are built for three-phase power if preferred. They can be integrated with phase one fire service and will include audio floor arrival chimes, braille markers, and directional travel lanterns. Northstar will supply detailed requirements for a machine room and shaft way compliance with all applicable codes.

  • Limited to 25’ of travel
  • Maximum 1,400-pound capacity
  • 18 square feet interior
  • 30 Feet per minute travel

CPL Elevator Option

A CPL is essentially a vertical platform lift in operation, with the appearance of an elevator car. Advantages are a bigger platform size, added lighting, enclosed “elevator cab like feel”, and higher weight capacity options.

CPL Elevator Information

A CPL is based on a hydraulic elevator but uses constant pressure vs automatic operation (you must push and hold the button for the CPL to travel as opposed to pushing and releasing a specific floor button for the elevator.)

The CPL has side walls and a ceiling with LED lighting like an elevator cab as well as the cab operating panel but does not have cab gates. The smooth, finished walls of the shaftway are exposed to the user like a vertical platform lift. Swing doors may be used on the shaftway, but must be flush with the interior of the shaft. Power door operators swing the shaft way doors open when the CPL arrives at the desired floor.

The CPL travels at 30 FPM vs 17 (or 10) FPM of the vertical platform lift. It also has a 1,000 lb. capacity vs the 750 lb. limitation of a vertical platform lift. One of the greatest advantages is that this lift comes at a much lower cost than the LU/LA elevator (as much as 40% less)!

When greater capacity or a more finished look are desired, and value engineering is required, this may be the ideal solution!

Proudly Serving the Following Regions

Central NY


Southern Tier


Northern NY


Fingerlakes Region

Watkins Glen

Western NY

Niagara Falls

NY Capital Region


Business Info


Northstar Lifts LLC
493 Route 281
Tully, NY 13159
Telephone: 315-864-6006


Sunday : Closed
Monday : 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday : 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday : 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday : 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday : 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday : Closed