Lift-U® Frequently Asked Questions
Vertical Platform Lifts

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Question: What are some examples of where the AccesStair® is installed?

Answer: Currently, the AccesStair® provides access in school auditoriums, locker rooms, hallways, colleges and universities, performing art centers, hospitals, conference rooms, casinos, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, retail and commercial facilities.

Question: Can the Accessor I or the Accessor II be used in a non-courtroom setting?

Answer: No, See our new Accessor III APL Model. The Accessor III has been installed in an auditorium, churches, synagogues, and other worship centers. In addition, Lift-U® can customize the lift to fit almost any application.

Question: How high can a vertical platform lift travel?

Answer: The AccesStair® is limited to a maximum vertical travel of 4 feet – 2 inches. The Accessor I and the Accessor II lifts are limited to 2 feet of vertical travel. The Accessor III is limited to 48 inches of travel.

Question: Why install a vertical platform lift instead of building a ramp?

Answer: In architectural applications the maximum slope for a ramp is 1:12. For every 1 inch of vertical rise you must have 12 inches of horizontal ramp. A 36-inch vertical rise will require at least 41 feet of ramp because a 5-foot long horizontal rest is required for every 30 feet of travel. The vertical platform lift will take much less floor space and, in many applications, can be incorporated into the architectural features of the building.

Question: Is a pit required for all vertical platform lifts?

Answer: No, the AccesStair® and Accessor I Lift do not require a pit. Both products are perfect for renovation projects as well as new construction. The Accessor II does require a 6-inch pit and it the preferred model when a raised floor and or pit is available.

Question: What is the weight capacity of a vertical platform lift?

Answer: The AccesStair® and Accessor III are limited to a maximum rated load capacity of 750 lbs. In courtroom lift applications an Accessor I or an Accessor II with a platform size greater than 15 sq. ft. shall have a rated load capacity of 750 lbs. An Accessor I or Accessor II with a platform size greater than 18 sq. ft. shall have a rated load capacity of 1050 lbs per ASME A18.1 2008 or later.

Question: Where do the steps go on the AccesStair®?

Answer: To use the AccesStair® as a lift, the passenger presses the “Steps In” button before boarding the lift platform. Once the “Steps In” button is pushed, the steps retract horizontally into a stowage area beneath the upper landing. The vertical risers of the steps create the vertical surface that the platform moves along as it travels from the lower to the upper level.

Question: Can vertical platform lifts be operated independently?

Answer: Yes, all Lift-U® products are designed and configured for independent operation. All the of the Lift-U® vertical platform lifts can be operated by an attendant from any of the control panel locations if the user is unable to operate the push buttons or prefers that the lift be operated by others.

Question: What kind of power is required?

Answer: The AccesStair® requires a 220 VAC, single phase, 20 Amp dedicated circuit. The Accessor I, the Accessor II, and Accessor III require a 110 VAC, single phase, 20 Amp, 3 wire dedicated circuit.

Question: Do all of Lift-U®’s products meet the ADA?

Answer: The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design references ASME A18.1 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts. Lift-U®’s products comply with the latest published version of the A18.1 Standard. Lift-U®’s products also comply with other applicable standards such as the International Building Code (IBC) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Since states adopt the new versions of the national codes at their own pace, a variance is sometimes needed to inspect the lift to the language of the newest version of the code. Lift-U® obtains the necessary permits and variances for the installation.

Question: Where can I buy a Lift-U® Vertical Platform Lift?

Answer: Lift-U® sells direct as the manufacturer from Escalon, CA through either a “Furnish Only” or a Furnish and Install” contract agreement.

Question: Who installs the lift?

Answer: Lift-U® uses local licensed elevator/lift companies to perform the installation. This permits each installation to have local, trained licensed mechanics to provide on-site service if needed.

Question: Are vertical platform lifts only used to provide wheelchair access into a space?

Answer: When ever possible Lift-U® products have been designed to be multipurpose. The AccesStair® is designed to be both a stair for normal egress into a space and then converts from the stair configuration to a wheelchair lift when needed. In Courtroom applications the lifts are designed into the courtroom decorum and used for ambulatory access unless needed for wheelchair access. Many of our courtroom lifts are installed to access more than one level.