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Summit Stairlift FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a stairway lift?
It is a motorized lift that attaches to a staircase and carries a physically challenged or disabled person up and down the stairs. A moving chair is guided by a narrow track attached directly to the steps. The Summit Stairway Lift requires no modifications to the structure of the home for installation.

How much room is required to install a stairway lift?
The track on a Summit stairway lift takes up less than 10” of your staircase. When folded up, the unit uses less than 14” space. If your staircase is less than 36” wide, it is recommended you sit the user in a chair that is up against a wall, and measure the distance from the wall to the users knees. Once this information is forwarded to the manufacturer, they can assist you with determining if you have enough room to use your lift properly.

How much weight is the stairway lift capable of carrying?
The Summit stairway lift is rated at 300 lbs capacity. This is designed for use by one person at a time.




Is it safe?
Several features are designed into the Summit stairway lift to assure the safety of both the user and others within the home. The footrest has safety sensors to stop the lift in either direction should it strike anything on the stairs. A swivel safety switch makes sure the seat is in the proper position before allowing the unit to run, and a seat belt is standard.

The aircraft cable used for lifting has mechanical and electrical safeties to stop the lift if the cable is not properly tensioned along with a rating of 4,200 lbs. Limit switches shut the unit off in the same place at the top and bottom of the stairs automatically.

The constant pressure controls are designed to stop the lift the second the controls are released. This is all part of making sure you and your family members will be safe.

How much will it cost to maintain the stairway lift and have it serviced?
The Summit stairway lift is unique in this area as it is the only lift on the market that makes the claim “no maintenance needed” during the warranty period of the lift - AND it has the longest standard warranty of any american manufacturer, covering all parts (except upholstery wear & tear - labor not included) for a period of 3 years.

Most other units use rack and pinion drives requiring regular lubrication with grease. Summit believes dust-collecting grease belongs in your garage - NOT IN YOUR HOME.

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