Frequently Asked Questions
What is a stairway lift?
It is a motorized lift that carries a person up and down the stairs. A
moving chair rides up and down on a narrow track attached directly to
How does it attach?
The Summit® Stairway Lift attaches to your stairs –
not the wall. It requires no modifications to the structure of the home
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.
What is the weight capacity?
Summit® Stairway Lifts have two lifting capacities. Our
Summit® Stairway Lift is rated at 300 lbs capacity. The
Summit MAX is designed for people up to 500 lbs. Both are 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 is rated for 4,200 lbs. and has mechanical and electrical
safeties to stop the lift if the cable is not properly tensioned. 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.