Manual hinged rail
In order for the seat to get low enough for the user to sit on, it is necessary for the track to extend beyond the staircase to the lower floor level. Or in some cases, there may be a doorway close to the bottom of the stairs and the track may intrude across this. In these circumstances a hinged track should be installed. This means that the track can be folded away from the doorway giving clear access.
A manual hinged rail allows for the bottom portion of the rail to be lifted up out of the way of any doorways or passageways when the stairlift is not in use. A manual hinge works with the assistance of a gas strut, meaning that operation is as easy as possible.
Powered hinged rail
Available for the 950 Plus, 1000 and Xclusive models.
Some straight stairlifts can be supplied with a powered hinged track that automatically extends when you go downstairs, and folds up when you go upstairs or want to park the lift out of the way, allowing clear access on the lower level.