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All you need to know about the Garaventa Elvoron MR residential elevator

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Residential elevators in Alberta are designed and manufactured to meet safety codes and standards as per the B-44 code. All Garaventa home elevators are top-of-the-line models and meet or exceed these safety requirements.

Why choose a Garaventa residential elevator?

Garaventa products are reliable, innovative, and designed for smooth and quiet operation. In Alberta, this brand of home elevators is installed and serviced by factory-trained technicians to ensure quality.

With a wide range of options and finishes, homeowners can have a residential elevator that’s custom made to fit their home layout and decor. Choose from a number of beautiful upgraded finishes, including standard wood veneer or melamine with various gate and door options. Three-speed sliding doors are available as an upgraded door package
What are the advantages of a Garaventa residential elevator?

Home elevators make daily routines easier, safer, and more convenient. Simplify chores such as laundry and groceries in a multi-level house in one smooth trip. Unlike other residential elevators, the Garaventa Elvoron MR requires no machine room and minimizes the amount of space used in your home.

This model operates with a non-hydraulic drive without hoses, seals, valves, pumps, or cylinders, which allows for a simpler drive mechanism and fewer service calls.

Some of the advantages of the Garaventa Elvoron MR include:

  • No stretching, bouncing or spooling issues (like with some cable and drum drives)
  • Variable speed drive for a smooth start and stop
  • Single touch automatic operation (no need to hold the button like a lift)
  • Standard 1000lb capacity
  • Speed of 40 feet per minute
  • Large usable platforms appropriate for a wheelchair user and one attendant

How does the Garaventa elevator rank for safety?

The Garaventa Elvoron MR is regulated by specific safety codes and standards such as being CSA compliant. The safety of users is at the core of the design, with custom solutions to match each home’s layout and meet the household’s unique needs.

Some of the safety features include:

  • Standard battery lowering
  • A phone built into the car operating panel
  • Manual lowering
  • Optional automatic doors and gates

Garaventa products are manufactured in British Columbia and come with a standard 2-year parts warranty with the ability to extend to 7 years. With 40 years of the residential elevator and lift experience, Garaventa ensures quality and reliable solutions.


Latest version release for Bruno Stairlift – The Elan 3050

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Over the years Bruno Stairlifts have implemented many changes to make their stairway lifts more appealing and functional for the end-user. The latest version released is the Bruno Elan 3050, and the changes take an already industry-leading stairlift into a class of its own.

Elan 3050Larger seat

The seat now has 20.25” between the armrests and an increased depth of almost 17”.

Easier directional controls

This is especially great news for folks who have issues with their manual dexterity. This Bruno stairlift now has an ergonomic paddle switch which is easily converted from the left to the right arm if necessary.

Refreshed Colour

The vinyl seat, carriage, brackets and end plates have gone from champagne to a warm grey.

Slim vertical rail

unlike some models, the Bruno Elan 3050 rail is vertical rather than laying flat on the stairs. This reduces how far the rail protrudes to a mere 5”

The thin folded seat profile

Taking up only 12” of your stairway when folded frees the stairs for passenger traffic

Improved Aesthetics

Cleaner lines and a modern look make this Bruno stairlift one of the most visually appealing stairlifts on the market

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Industry-leading warranty

Bruno Stair Lifts offers a lifetime warranty on its major components which include, drivetrain, motor gearbox and rail. There is a 2-year warranty on all other components.

What’s also important to note is what Bruno didn’t change. The components such as the gearbox and drivetrain and motor have stood the test of time and remain the same. In fact, in my 22-year career, I have never had one of these components fail, making Bruno stairlift the most reliable stairway lift available.

Bruno’s philosophy of having a strong dealer network remains a cornerstone of their success. A Bruno stairlift dealer should never direct you to a 3rd party or a call center should you require service.


Uppercut Elevators and Lifts is hiring in Calgary

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Uppercut Elevators and lifts is a privately owned company specializing in the installation, service and maintenance of residential elevators and commercial accessibility lifts. We are currently in need of a service technician/installer for our Calgary office. Experience is preferred but we are willing to train the successful applicant if necessary. Skills required include:

  • Use of hand and small power tools
  • Basic electrical knowledge
  • Trouble shooting
  • Physical fitness (as the work can include heavy lifting and the climbing of stairs)
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communicator (verbally and via e-mail)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Customer service
  • Valid drivers licence

A positive attitude along with a willingness to grow with the position are necessary attributes.  Compensation will be based on experience, and could include a company vehicle or a vehicle allowance.

Please e-mail applications to  Attention:  Andrew Smith.


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Calgary Renovation Show

by Andrew @ Uppercut

We are pleased to announce that we will be attending the Calgary  Renovation Show this weekend. We will be right by the front entrance in booth number 149, so come on by and find out how you can make your home accessible. We have a wide variety of accessibility solutions that include everything from stair lifts to home  elevators.

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The show dates are:

Friday January 13th – noon – 9pm

Saturday January 14th 10am-9pm

Sunday January 15th 10am -6pm

The show is down at the BMO Center and we have a few pairs of tickets to give away. If you would like free tickets please email Andrew to get the details





Uppercut adds another wheelchair accessibility lift to a public building

by Andrew @ Uppercut
Commercial Accessibility News and Such

We recently completed an installation at the Prairie Moon Inn and Suites located in Consort Alberta. The contractor was looking at retrofitting a wheelchair accessibility lift into the existing building. We had limited space so there was no excess square footage available for a machine room, nor did the contractor want to chip away the concrete slab to create a pit. The end user needed a durable drive mechanism that could handle lots of use, as it would be the only elevating device in the hotel.

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Fortunately we had the ideal product for this situation. We utilized the RAM CTL, which requires no machine room or pit. The secret to this wheelchair accessibility lift is its  compact traction counter weight drive, that fits right in the hoist-way. This system has passed the test of time and is 50% more energy efficient than comparable hydraulic wheelchair lifts. We were able to provide a lift platform of close to 21 square feet, and a 1000lb capacity, so guests would feel comfortable when riding in this lift. The interior car finish featured raised car panels (standard offering) with a stainless steel  reveal.


For more information on commercial accessibility lifts please contact us at either our Calgary or Edmonton offices



Calgary Home and Garden Show – Booth #1745

by Andrew @ Uppercut

The Calgary Home and Garden Show is just around the corner, and we would love to see you there!

Dates & Hours

Thursday February 25, 2016  ​NOON – 9:00 p.m.
Friday ​February 26, 2016  NOON – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday ​February 27, 2016 
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday ​February 28, 2016 
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Show Location

BMO Centre, Stampede Park
20 Roundup Way SE
Calgary, AB
Phone: 403.261.0583

We have several sets of tickets to give away so please email Andrew  for yours today.

We are located in booth #1745 , please stop by and say hello.


Greener Elevators and Lifts can save you money

by Andrew @ Uppercut
Commercial Accessibility Home Accessibility Home Elevators News and Such

When I think of making an environmentally sound decision, especially if it pertains to green elevators or a lift purchase, I can point out 3 contributing factors .


                          alberta               #1 Where is the device  manufactured?

This seems pretty obvious but if you can purchase a locally manufactured elevator or lift, the transportation impact can be minimized. Buying local not only reduces emissions it saves you money on shipping costs associated with replacement parts.



#2 What impact could the drive mechanism have on the environment?

Devices that utilize large hydraulic pumps and reservoirs may need to have precautionary measures were taken, such as oil separators in the event of a hydraulic oil leak. This is to ensure that the oil cannot seep into the ground or water table. Some jurisdictions in the past have asked that food grade oil is used in order to alleviate this concern. Elevators and lifts that utilize a Traction Home elevatorCounter Weight or Screw Drive don’t actually pose this risk, as no hydraulic fluid is used. These greener solutions only require a 2″-3″  pit (or no pit at all) so there is less concern with disturbing ground water. You may even be able to save some money on your site preparation as hydraulic elevators can require anywhere from a 6″ to 60″ pit.

#3 What are the ongoing energy costs?

This cost is two fold; the energy consumed as it relates to the environment and the monetary cost directly to you. Do your research on how much energy your elevator or lift will require operating. Devices with a mechanical advantage such as a traction counterweight drive will be up to 50% more energy efficient that a comparative hydraulic unit. Hydraulic elevators have to pump fluid into a cylinder which is often located in a separate machine room.

It doesn’t matter if  your goal is to consciously protect the environment or simply save some money (energy costs, site preparation , and maintenance), it’s apparent that the two can go hand in hand.


For more information Elevators and Lifts please click here or contact us for a free consultation.



Uppercut Elevators and Lifts – A local company serving the entire province of Alberta

by Andrew @ Uppercut

What makes a company local? It is my belief that to be truly local your company needs to encompass the following principles:


It’s not good enough to have a local manager or even a local owner that has other interests and doesn’t make the time to come into the office every day. Local owners answer the phone, deal with client concerns directly, and treat their staff fairly. After all, the owner sets the standard as to how the business operates. We believe in being accountable, fair and ethical. At Uppercut Elevators and Lifts, ownership is present every day  to make sure this standard is met.


Believe is or not there are some companies that would mislead you into believing they are local because they have a PO box and a sales person who is willing to travel to your city on occasion. We believe in hiring the best local individuals who are able to participate and give back to the communities where they work and live. We believe it is imperative that local staff  are available to meet with you on your schedule not “when they are in town next”. We are proud to have offices in both Calgary and Edmonton, that are staffed with local employees.


Our Elevators and Vertical Platform Lifts are manufactured in Alberta by Albertans. In these tough economic times, it only makes sense to support the business and tax base where we live.


We are pleased to be able to service the entire province of Alberta with our  superior elevator and lifting product line. We know we can accommodate  the needs of our clients better if we hire local representatives, and ownership is present to steer the ship in the right direction. We are proud to be a truly local company operating in Alberta.


For more information on our products click here

To find a local representative click here

You can find our products installed in Cold Lake, Edmonton, Drumheller, Red Deer, Strathmore, Calgary, Okotoks, High River, Lethbridge, Vulcan, Brooks, Olds, Medicine Hat, and all across the great province of  Alberta



Uppercut Elevators and Lifts – Made in Alberta Solutions

by Andrew @ Uppercut

As a proud Albertan company, Uppercut Elevators and Lifts believe in supporting our local economy, so it makes sense to buy local whenever possible. For this reason, all  the  elevators and vertical platform lifts we purchase  are manufactured here in Alberta (Edmonton).

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We also believe in the importance of  local ownership. Owners that are present and active within the business, in my opinion, are able to better understand the unique needs of their clients. My own experience spans 17 years, many of which I have been a managing owner. In this time I have learned the value of getting to know my clients and gained the perspective to provide them with the best possible solution.

If you make the claim that you are local, you need to back it up with infrastructure and staff that actually live in the communities they work. We are not proponents of “parachuting” in staff which is reflected by the fact we have offices in both Calgary and Edmonton. These offices are fully staffed with skilled employees and are prepared to serve you in a timely fashion.

This commitment to being truly local is represented in our mission statement:

Our Mission

To provide a local solution using superior products and services for all your residential elevator and commercial accessibility lift needs. We adhere to the values of accountability, flexibility, and attention to detail to ensure the best possible consumer experience.  

You can find our elevators and lifts installed throughout the province including major centers such as Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton.

For more information on a local solution to your residential elevator or commercial accessibility lifts needs please click here.

You can also reach us via the phone:

Calgary Office 403.519.3186

Edmonton Office 587.597.9959


Free Tickets to the Calgary Home + Design Show

by Andrew @ Uppercut

The Calgary Home and Design Show is just around the corner, and we would love to see you there!

The show runs from September 17th – 20th at the BMO Center. Show hours are:

Thursday – 4pm-9pm20150227_141223

Friday – noon – 9pm

Saturday – 10am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

We have 4 sets of tickets to give away to the first 4 people to email Andrew – Simple as that!

Send Andrew an e-mail and the tickets are yours.

We are located in booth #324 so stop by and say hello.