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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a stairway lift?
How does it attach?
How much room is required to install a stairway lift?
What is the weight capacity?
Is it safe?
How did Summit Stairway Lifts get their start?

 

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 the steps.
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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 for installation.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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About Summit Lifts and Its Founders
We, at Summit Lifts, bring 75 years of accessibility lift experience into our manufacturing, service, and design. Our goal is simply to provide you with the highest quality lift available.

To that end, we began a two-year project to design a stairway lift that would be without equal in terms of safety, reliability, maintenance, comfort and flexibility. A lift we could build in our own facility from scratch – reminiscent of days when things were done the right way. No shortcuts. No cheap substitutions.

The result: a lift that has the longest standard warranty in the industry and the only lift requiring no maintenance for the duration of its warranty. A lift so durable that it has a warranty unmatched in today’s market. A lift made in America the traditional way.

Beginnings…
When Mark Hill started painting for a small company that made stairway lifts in 1972, he was looking for a place that rewarded hard work and determination – a place where people cared about the quality of their work – where you were more than just a number. He worked at such a place for 20+ years learning every aspect of assembly, production, and quality. He was continually promoted through the blue-collar ranks to a Supervisor, where he oversaw production of accessibility equipment for several years.

In 1981, Mike Vogt began working for that same small stairway lift company as a draftsman. He had been looking for a good job in order to get married to his high school sweetheart and live out the American Dream. His 10 years of designing lifts were followed by 9 more years of running the company’s Service “Complaint” Department and retail sales division.

Mark Jackson began his career at 19 as an apprentice in a local blow-mold business and worked his way to becoming a CNC Machinist and Tool Maker. During his twenty years with the same company, he learned 2D and 3D CAD software and machine programming to create precision parts. Mark spends his free time with his family and keeping up with the responsibilities of a homeowner. Mark, his wife of 17 years, and 3 children are active in their church. His dream for Summit Lifts is to provide a reliable and affordable lift for persons with difficulty with stairs.

They each have several children – are still married to their first wives – understand words like commitment, loyalty, integrity – and had an undying loyalty to their company. Each of them had planned on retiring from their jobs after 40 years of service and discussed this among themselves due to their friendship with one another – but in today’s world of corporate buyouts and mergers, they were not allowed to fulfill this dream.

When this happened, they discussed whether a company could be run like those from days gone by – where faith in God and family was more important than the bottom line – where hard work was rewarded – where the word quality was something more than empty rhetoric. It is out of this background that Summit Lifts, Inc. was started.

Three men – looking to make a product that helped others, running a company where shortcuts are not an option, and believing that the words “Made in America” still mean something.

Our Motto is “Taking you to new heights.”

It is a direct reflection of the lift we have developed - a lift that stands above the competition.

We take a great deal of pride in putting our name on the Summit™ Lift. When you choose a lift, make sure it reflects the quality and reliability this country was known for in days past. Make sure the lift is made by a company that does things the old-fashioned way with hard work and integrity.

Make sure you get a Summit Stairway Lift.
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