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What is a Stairlift?

What is a Stairlift?

The word “Stairlift” refers to the actual stairlift unit and stairlift track. Stairlifts are also known as stair lifts, stair-lifts, chair lifts, stair gliders and chairlift.

There are two main parts to a stairlift; 1. the actual stairlift unit which the user would sit on (seat), and 2. the stairlift track which enables the stairlift unit to move up and down the stairs. The majority of modern day stairlifts are powered by highly durable batteries contained within the lower part of the stairlift unit just below the seat (the carriage).

The stairlifts carriage contains the drive to move the stairlift up and down the staircase. This is done by an internal motor which is powered by the batteries.

The stairlift track is mounted to the treads of the stairs to allow the stairlift unit to run up and down the staircase. The stairlift track usually starts at the bottom of the stairs and ends at very top step. The stairlift track also contains the charge for the batteries in the stairlift unit, so once the stairlift has stopped, it’s automatically on charge.

There are many different types of stairlifts available but essentially they all do the same thing. Some makes are better than others but the majority of stairlifts either curved or straight should offer very similar features as standard.

A stairlift is a very adaptable product and can be tailor made to match the requirements of the user and suit the staircase they are installed on.


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