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Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

I am seriously considering an electric stair lift. Before you inevitably cry "Hahaha pussehhhhhhh" the solid reason is that I fizzle out on stairs very quickly and simply don't have the stamina to tackle them. Even in my youthful prime I was always a sprinter who died after 100m. I am perfectly happy to receive some subtle shakes of the head from other people ascending stairs, like my grandmother in return for actually getting up them.

Thus, I think an electric stair lift will really help with providing some grunt up my stairs and actually allow me to enjoy stairs in Switzerland this Summer, and Winter, and Spring, and Autumn, as well as enabling me to go to bed without being drenched in sweat before I've even got in.
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Re: Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

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Re: Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

I tried one a few years ago but never felt truly engaged in the process of climbing the stairs.

There were hidden downsides - mainly that I have no problem walking down 15 steps without suffering a serious medical episode which meant that too often the chair would be at the top of the stairs and me at the bottom - which required me to wait for the chair to descend before I got on - and it slowly took me to the top again.

After a couple of months I got bored so I bought an old V8 from the scrapyard and used that to power the stairlift. This massively improved the speed of the ascent - although it did invalidate the warranty, and because of that the insurance company wouldn't pay out to repair the dodgyken shaped hole in the wall opposite the top of the lift. It turns out the stopping power of the lifts braking system was designed for the original electric motor and not a 300PS V8.

Lesson learned - and I'm back to the more organic process of walking up the stairs.
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Old 31.03.2016, 16:25
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Re: Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

Personally I'd rather have the achievement of getting up the stairs at all on an electric chair lift than not at all by simply walking up, I don't suffer from any sense of misplaced pride that would stop me doing things like that so that aspect isn't really of any concern to me. I'll still get a good workout with just getting to sit on the thing.
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Re: Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

Was the Stena chair lift the one they used on the ferries?

A Stannah stairlift may be useful if you run out of steam going up a few stairs but have you considered a normal lift? It has the advantage of being able to carry more than one person at a time so the whole family could benefit from experience. Nobody need worry about their fitness levels then but be aware there are weight limits.
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Re: Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

Is time using an electric clock these days? Fridays are arriving earlier and earlier.


Just to play along; my mother-in-law had a stairlift.... and used it mostly to take her laundry up and down the stairs!
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Old 31.03.2016, 16:40
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A Stannah stairlift may be useful if you run out of steam going up a few stairs but have you considered a normal lift? It has the advantage of being able to carry more than one person at a time so the whole family could benefit from experience. Nobody need worry about their fitness levels then but be aware there are weight limits.
If Tom had a "normal" lift there would be space for only 1 person in it - because he would have installed an armchair. Sorry - I mean he would have got someone to fit a nice big comfy armchair for 1. He's not averse to fitting an armchair in a lift but his sense of achievement would be equal whether he did it or got someone else to do it.
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Was the Stena chair lift the one they used on the ferries?
You may be right - I'm not an expert on these things - hence the question on this forum.

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A Stannah stairlift may be useful if you run out of steam going up a few stairs but have you considered a normal lift? It has the advantage of being able to carry more than one person at a time so the whole family could benefit from experience. Nobody need worry about their fitness levels then but be aware there are weight limits.
That's actually a good idea. I wouldn't want my kids to get exhausted. Thanks!
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I am seriously considering an electric stair lift. Before you inevitably cry "Hahaha pussehhhhhhh" the solid reason is that I fizzle out on stairs very quickly and simply don't have the stamina to tackle them. Even in my youthful prime I was always a sprinter who died after 100m.
My mother had a Stannah and was very happy with it. So was I except when I broke a glass and the bits went into the cogs... Crunch, crunch crunch.

However, knowing Tom a bit, I would first ask myself why I 'fizzle out on stairs'. When I complained to my physio daughter that I am slowly finding stairs tough, did she say, "get a chair lift"? No, she didn't. She gave me some exercises to do!
Do you fizzle from the very first step? After about 40 steps / forty seconds?
If it's awful from the start and you are not hurrying, hie thee off to a doctor.
If not, I'd check out with a sports' physio and ask for his advice. Forty seconds is when a different method of making energy available to the muscles should kick in. If it doesn't, it's a real -er bother. (This is why the 400m race is so hard to run. Ask Andre Bucher)

Seriously. If you don't use it, you lose it. Trust me. I didn't. I did.
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Re: Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

Having got home 2 days ago from my knee replacement - on crutches- stairs are indeed a challenge. But I would not want a Stenna - I have to work hard to get better, and doing the stairs is part of the process.
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Old 01.04.2016, 16:54
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My mother had a Stannah and was very happy with it. So was I except when I broke a glass and the bits went into the cogs... Crunch, crunch crunch.

However, knowing Tom a bit, I would first ask myself why I 'fizzle out on stairs'. When I complained to my physio daughter that I am slowly finding stairs tough, did she say, "get a chair lift"? No, she didn't. She gave me some exercises to do!
Do you fizzle from the very first step? After about 40 steps / forty seconds?
If it's awful from the start and you are not hurrying, hie thee off to a doctor.
If not, I'd check out with a sports' physio and ask for his advice. Forty seconds is when a different method of making energy available to the muscles should kick in. If it doesn't, it's a real -er bother. (This is why the 400m race is so hard to run. Ask Andre Bucher)

Seriously. If you don't use it, you lose it. Trust me. I didn't. I did.
Seriously, this thread was a day early for April 1st but there is another thread with a similar title which was just crying out for a bit of mimicry.

I run up from where I live to Hohe above Hirzel at least once a week so I can usually manage a couple of stairs
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Re: Electric stair lift (Stena or another type)... anyone got one?

Having read your other posts and met you in RL, that's what I thought but you wouldn't be the first person who had ignored signs they should have paid attention to. Anyway, the stuff possibly has relevance for other people.

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I run up from where I live to Hohe above Hirzel at least once a week so I can usually manage a couple of stairs
Don't worry, pretty sure most of us got the reference!

Although there's a world of difference between thinking about getting an electric bike and a stairlift and I can understand Richdog's motives for considering acquiring one.... I recently bought myself an e-bike for pottering to the village and back but am hopefully several years off needing a stairlift (except for haulage of goods purposes).
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Don't worry, pretty sure most of us got the reference!
I appreciated that it was very, very out of character for Tom, but if we never answered 'stupid' questions on here, there would soon be nothing keeping EF going.
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I appreciated that it was very, very out of character for Tom, but if we never answered 'stupid' questions on here, there would soon be nothing keeping EF going.
Your post on that thread made me laugh:

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Old 01.04.2016, 17:29
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Don't worry, pretty sure most of us got the reference!

Although there's a world of difference between thinking about getting an electric bike and a stairlift and I can understand Richdog's motives for considering acquiring one.... I recently bought myself an e-bike for pottering to the village and back but am hopefully several years off needing a stairlift (except for haulage of goods purposes).
I think we all think differently.

I got a mountain bike in London before they were even available in the provinces - it was a heavy steel thing.

The first thing I did was ride (or carry) the thing up Snowdon in Wales, in thick mountain fog with a gale blowing (I rode it there from East Anglia as I didn't have a car).
Going down to Llanberis from the top was a blast though.

I'm sorry but I wouldn't dream of getting an electric mountain bike unless I had medical problems that warranted getting one.

But I respect that we're all different which is why I didn't reply on that thread.
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I appreciated that it was very, very out of character for Tom, but if we never answered 'stupid' questions on here, there would soon be nothing keeping EF going.
I know that, I've been answering stupid questions on EF longer than most members!
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