Jeeves Series DumbwaitersDumb waiters have been used for hundreds of years in homes, castles, and mansions. Until recently, most dumbwaiter systems involved a rope and pulley with a guide rail to prevent the cab from hitting the wall. In extreme cases in which the load carried was hundreds of pounds, many of people would be used to move a dumbwaiter. Modern dumbwaiters are electric but still use guide rails and need a straight shaft when transporting. The cab in the dumbwaiter should be no more than two feet wide by two feet long. Dimensions can vary for customized dumbwaiters. Electric dumb waiters operate by a series of call buttons to call and send between floors and can support more weight than a manual dumbwaiter is able.

At home dumbwaiters typically hold up to 200lbs, while commercial dumbwaiters hold up to 1000lbs.

Although the commercial size can be comparable to a residential elevator, it is still not meant for human or animal transport. However, a dumbwaiter can be configured like a residential or commercial elevator in that it can open from different sides on different floors. But, because only one opening faces outward on a certain floor, the dumbwaiter will only open from one side on a certain floor, such as the ground floor or a kitchen, and will open from another direction on another floor, such as the basement or a second floor, depending upon where the dumbwaiter shaft is designed.

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