Residential elevators with counter-weighted overhead drives are designed to eliminate the need for a separate machine room. The overhead motor and control panel for the elevator is located at the top of the hoistway. When building floor plans do not have enough room for a machine space, the overhead drives provide another alternative. The overhead drive system does, however, require a minimum overhead height of 8’ at the upper floor being served by the elevator. Additionally, access to the motor and controller will be necessary at the top of the elevator shaft.

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