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Freight Elevator Classes

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

Freight elevators are designed to move heavy cargo vertically through a building. They are different from passenger elevators that carry people and are designed with a focus on speed and aesthetics. Freight elevators in Vancouver are designed with capacity, utmost safety, and ruggedness in mind. Some freight elevators can carry a passenger as well as cargo.

Industrial freight elevators in Vancouver are built to withstand heavy cargo, but they don’t lift the same weight. The method by which a freight elevator is loaded also differentiates it from others.

The Classes of Freight Elevators in Vancouver

Industrial freight elevators can be classified into five distinct classes based on their weight capacity and loading method.

  • Class A


Most lifts and standard elevators fall under this category, and it is the most suitable category for loads with divided weights. The rule to note here is that the weight of one-piece cargo must not surpass a quarter of the elevator’s capacity. You may use a hand truck to load a Class A elevator. However, the hand truck’s weight must be factored into the stated weight limit.

  • Class B

This category is meant for freight elevators used in lifting automobiles. This class of elevators is mostly used in garages, car dealerships, and homes. Class B elevators may not carry vehicles exceeding the capacity of the elevator.


  • Class C1

Class C freight elevators are the third category of elevator classes that allow loading with an industrial truck or four-wheeled vehicle. The vehicle may remain in the elevator during its operation. However, just like in Classes A and B, the elevator may not lift more than its stipulated weight limit after the truck’s weight has been factored in.


  • Class C2

Class C2 has similar features to Class C1, with some added benefits. The first difference is that Class C2 elevators may load, lift, and unload weights up to 150% of the elevator’s weight capacity. The extra weight allowance allows the operator to drive onto the elevator with a forklift carrying one-piece cargo that is equal in weight to the rated weight capacity of the elevator. However, unlike Class C1, the forklift must be removed from the elevator before ascending or descending.

  • Class C3


Class C3 is used to transport very heavy cargo, although the load and the truck’s combined weight must not exceed the elevator’s weight capacity while it is being loaded or unloaded.


Please note that Class C rating is not meant for Limited Use or Limited Application (LULA) elevators and accessibility lifts. Elevator classes should be indicated in the car. If you don’t know the class of an elevator, it is advisable to treat such an industrial freight elevator as a Class A lift.


Choose The Right Freight Elevator Class

Bramalea Elevator offers multiple elevator choices for you based on your day-to-day activities, cargo weights, building type, and elevator usage frequency. Our freight elevators in Vancouver are praised for their durability because we carefully select and customize elevators for each client.

Freight elevators aren’t one-size-fits-all, and we’re here to help you make the right decision. Contact us today to know your options and get started.

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