new posts
UER Store
location db
db map
terms of service
privacy policy

UER Forum > UE Encyclopedia > Belt-O-Vator (Viewed 8213 times)
Entry: Belt-O-Vator
originally posted by Jesus Jones

[last edit 1/5/2009 10:49 AM by IIVQ - edited 7 times]

A Belt-O-Vator is a primitive elevator. It is a belt with handles to hold on to and foot plates for your feet. They are found at the Canada Malt Plants in Toronto and Montreal. Though the one in Montreal is in poor condition, the one in Toronto is in great shape.

This is from the plant in Toronto.
10543.jpg (63 kb, 800x600)
click to view

The real name for the device is Humprey Humanlift and was patented in 1889. At first the frame was made of wood, then of steel; as years passed, security was improved on the lift. The main feature of this elevator is that it takes much less space than a standard elevator and the flow of the users is not stopped as people get on and off.

The company is still in business and still produces these lifts.
The maximum speed of the belt is 75 feet per minute, or about 1.375 km/h, which is about a quarter of walking speed.
Some rare examples can still be found working in some industries not accessible to explorer.

This picture is from the malt plant in Montreal:
10522.jpg (80 kb, 504x711)
click to view

And here is a working humanlift from a Montreal area company:
10523.jpg (85 kb, 525x700)
click to view

10954.jpg (98 kb, 682x484)
click to view

A beltlift is not the same as a paternoster. A paternoster has cabins (similar to elevator ones) linked to the belt, which allways stay in the same position. It is not dangerous to not get off at the top of a paternoster, while it is dangerous to not get off at the top of a belt-o-vator (that is - a safety mechanism will usually shut off the belt-o-vator when one forgets to get off at the top - or bottom)

See also Manlift.
Modify this entry  | Remove this entry
UER Forum > UE Encyclopedia > Belt-O-Vator (Viewed 8213 times)

Add a poll to this thread

This thread is in a public category, and can't be made private.

All content and images copyright 2002-2021 UER.CA and respective creators. Graphical Design by Crossfire.
To contact webmaster, or click to email with problems or other questions about this site: UER CONTACT
View Terms of Service | View Privacy Policy | Server colocation provided by Beanfield
This page was generated for you in 93 milliseconds. Since June 23, 2002, a total of 657959949 pages have been generated.