75 Maloneys Dr, Maloneys Beach NSW 2536, Australia

75 Maloneys Dr, Maloneys Beach NSW 2536, Australia

Grocery Lift – DumbWaiter Install in Batemans Bay

We had a customer who purchased a home locally to us and their main motivation was the assurance of a grocery lift. But after handover, they discovered a Bunnings hoist put to the top of the shaft was worthless because you had to stand there and keep your hand on the button. They visited Baycoast Electrical and Control solution’s website and discovered that we were the only business in town with automation experience.

They then gave me a budget and asked if I could automate this with safety features. Consequently, this is what I came up with around 2 in the morning. Grocery lift needs some fine tuning with the roller guides but I think we did ok. Macguiver Stokes to the rescue!

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DumbWaiter Installation Batemans Bay

Adding a dumbwaiter or an automated grocery lift is not only a convenient solution for the average homeowner, but it’s especially beneficial for those with physical disabilities or the elderly living in multi-story homes.

For individuals who face mobility challenges, the simple act of transporting items between floors can be a daunting task. Older adults, in particular, may find it strenuous to carry heavy groceries or laundry up and down stairs, making them prone to accidents or injuries.

By installing a dumbwaiter, homeowners can facilitate ease of movement and reduce the risk of strain or injury. Moreover, for those with limited mobility, it grants them a sense of independence in their own homes, allowing them to perform daily tasks with efficiency and safety.


It’s not just about convenience, but also about enhancing the quality of life for many.

The Origins of the Dumb Waiter

The origins of the dumbwaiter can be traced back to ancient civilizations, but they became notably popular in England during the 18th century. The term “dumbwaiter” itself reflects its intended purpose: a “dumb” (silent) “waiter” that serves multiple floors without the need for conversation or instruction.

Initially, these mechanisms were manual, with a system of pulleys and ropes to move small cargo, typically food and dishes, between the floors of large houses and estates. Their primary role was to efficiently transport items, often between the kitchen in the basement and the dining areas on upper floors, without the need for servers to carry items up and down staircases.

Over time, as technology progressed, dumbwaiters became mechanised and began to see broader uses, such as in commercial buildings and apartments. But, at their core, they remained a silent assistant, seamlessly bridging the gap between different levels of a structure. If you are looking for some automation inside your home, give us a call to organise a quote.

Dumb waiter design and install - Batemans Bay