This special lifting unit consists of an aluminium square profi le with hardened steel guide rods. The carriages, which have internal linear ball bearings that can be adjusted free of play, are driven along the guide rods by a timing belt. The rotating timing belt pulleys have maintenance-free ball bearings. One rotation of the drive pulley complies with 1/2 linear circumference of the drive pulley. Belt tension can be readjusted by a simple tensioning device in one of the carriages. This device can also be used for symmetrical adjustment of two or more linear units running parallel.