The Acorn Stair Lift: Acorn makes only straight stair lifts. Currently you can buy the Acorn Superglide stair lift. This home stair lift uses a modern rack and pinion drive system and is powered by DC 24 volt rechargeable batteries. The home stair lift also comes with two wireless remote controls with send/call features. You get safety sensors on both the footrest and carriage that will immediately stop the chair should any obstacle be encountered on the stairs or track. What sets Acorn apart is that they make a perch stair lift, which is ideal for those who have trouble bending the knees or for staircases that are narrower than normal.
The decision to install a stair lift is often taken to allow for complete independent access to the stairs and when shopping online, you will likely find many options. You might consider purchasing a used stair lift in order to save money. If you do decide to purchase a used stair lift, then it is important to follow some simple guidelines. Find a Reputable Dealer of Used Stair Lifts: There are many online auction and classified sites that can put you in contact with a private person trying to sell their used stair lift. You never really know what you are getting when you purchase one this way though. You could be inheriting a stair lift that is broken, been misused, or is in otherwise poor or unsafe condition. Instead if you purchase from a reputable dealer, you can still save money on your used lift, but you will get a product that has been completely refurbished to factory standards and in the same condition it was when it left the factory. You will also get a warranty on your lift. These are things that a private individual won’t ever be able to guarantee you.
Over the past several years, much has been done to address deck and stair safety issues, but we still have a long way to go. One glaring example of the failure in deck and stair safety protocol is the industry standard of permitting "hot dipped galvanized" anchors, screws, hangers and other hardware to be in direct contact with ACQ, pressure treated wood. The galvanic corrosion created between the high copper content of the wood and the galvanizing is so severe that the normal industry standard of G90 galvanizing will corrode in as little as 12 months and G185, such as Z-Max® can be gone in 24 months. The industry (including code officials) has adopted G185 as a fall back position with no engineering testing available to substantiate the validity or longevity of this adoption...this is a "knee jerk" reaction and is an accident waiting to happen. Without a barrier between the pressure treated wood and galvanized hardware, serious corrosion is inevitable.
Compare Prices: Compare the price of a new stair lift and a used stair lift. If you purchase a rebuilt or refurbished stair lift, then likely the only difference will be the warranty and the price. Most new stair lifts are covered by very extensive warranties, but used stair lifts might only have a 6 months warranty. If the price difference is not too great, then it might be a good idea to pay a little extra to get the full 5 or 10 year warranty that most stair lifts come with. Make certain you contact the dealer if the length of the warranty of the used stair lift is not listed.
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