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Mast Handing / Guide Side

One of the most commonly asked questions is – “what is a mast / what does guide side mean”? Most vertical lifts (other than scissor lifts and column drive steplifts) will have the guide / rails positioned along one side of the lift. In between the guides will likely be a hydraulic ram, full length screw or traction motor. This entire guide / drive assembly is referred to as the mast. The most suitable side for the mast will be determined by factors such as, the location of a fixing wall, where abouts the doors and glazing are required in the lift and how best to run cables and hydraulic hoses to it from a control cabinet.

Author: Nick Dade. Sales Director (Level Access Lifts Ltd).
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed within this Education Centre are solely those of the original author/s. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of any given lift manufacturer or lift industry association.
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