Oildraulic was a hydraulic elevator system created by Automobile Rotary Lift Co. (Rotary Co.) in 1937. It was credited as being the first modern hydraulic elevator.

Course of the Oildraulic's life

Automobile Rotary Lift Co. was the precursor to Dover Corp. In 1955, the name was changed from Automobile Rotary Lift Co. to Dover Corp. Dover had two divisions from the start; Rotary Lifts, to continue making automotive lifts, and Dover Corp. Elevator Division to make elevators.

Dover continued to manufacture elevators until 1999, when its elevator division was sold to Thyssen Elevator.

Thyssen in the United States installed elevators under the "Thyssen Dover" name, but with Dover branding from 1999-2001. In 2001, the merger of Thyssen and Krupp was completed to make one company, ThyssenKrupp. Thyssen Dover was renamed "ThyssenKrupp" as was all of the other brands.

In October of 2012, ThyssenKrupp announced that it would discontinued the Oildraulic system, in-favor of the new, eco-friendly, Endura system. ThyssenKrupp continues to make traction and MRL elevators, along with the new Endura hydraulic elevator.


These specifications were the current specifications before the Oildraulic model was discontinued.

  • Inground and holeless hydraulic.
  • Serves up to 7 floors for inground hydraulic, serves up to 4 floors for holeless hydraulic.
  • Dover Impulse or Traditional fixtures.
  • Center or two speed telescopic opening doors.

Notable installations

United States

  • Market Parking Garage, Roanoke, VA
  • University of South Carolina - School of Musics, Columbia, SA
  • Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold, NJ
  • JCPenney - Roosevelt Field Town of Hemstead, East Garden City, NY
  • Country Club Resort, Lake Ozark, MO


  • 600 George St, Sydney, NSW
  • Sydney Liverpool Private Hospital, Liverpool, Sydney, NSW
  • Eagle Junction Station, Brisbane, QLD
  • City Mall Inn, Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD


  • East Coast Seafood Centre
  • 127 East Coast Road
  • Clarke Quay (mostly have been modernized by Duford)


Another Dover Oildraulic Elevator at Hilton in Scotts Valley, CA

Another Dover Oildraulic Elevator at Hilton in Scotts Valley, CA

Dover Oildraulic elevator at Hilton in Scotts Valley, CA

Elevator drive systems
TractionM.R.L.Winding DrumHydraulic (Oildraulic)
Reference: hkelev - Elevator drive systems

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