Like a boss! The stairclimbing gearbox is very efficient, with only three reductions we achieve a two hundred to one gear ratio.
We use hardened gears and ball-bearings throughout and the dual 1800kg test, lifting chains each have a pair of soft polyurethane lifting feet.
Easy! The operating instructions are easy to find, conveniently located on stickers attached to the machine.
To go up, simply roll the machine to the steps and push the ‘up’ switch
To go down, you roll the machine close to the edge of the stair and line up the sight-guide with the edge of the stair, push the ‘down’ switch and away you go
Up to approx. 6 seconds per step – There are 3 speeds of climb.
The 315kg model is very fast, it climbs one step every 4 (four) seconds
The 540kg is geared a little bit lower and it climbs a step about every 6 (six) seconds, or just approximately 1 minute per flight.
A special high speed stairclimber is available, it climbs each step in 3 (three) seconds.
It depends – After you have climbed about 78 steps all the way up and back down again, the voltage begins to drop.
The drop is very gentle, losing about one volt per flight of steps.
As the battery voltage drops, the machine climbs slower and slower and this gives the operator a good warning that the battery is in need of recharging. And because of the energy efficient gearbox on the machines, even with a totally dead battery (although you may not have enough power to climb all the way up stairs), there will always be enough power to climb back DOWN the stairway.
The standard battery included with the Hercules machines is a 17 amp per hour battery.
The Machine Balance is the same on the staircase as it is on the ground!
On a full staircase, the operator has plenty of room to stand in a comfortable position with the stairclimber in front of him. The weight is distributed perfectly. The balance point goes directly through the center of the load with the fulcrum point down at the lifting feet.
On a short heavy loads, like a safe, you can achieve the same perfect balance by raising the load up on the forks.
Again your center of gravity goes directly through the load with your fulcrum point down at the lifting feet.
If you don’t have access to a tailgate lifter, there are Portable Aluminium Steps available from our Options & Accessories range.
Just drill two holes on the inside of your vehicle and the pins fit right in. Sizes available from 53.5cm to 112cm tall.
Measure from the ground up to the height of the back of the vehicle, this will help get the correct size steps for your vehicle.
The MS, MLA and RLA Range Stairclimbing Machines are incredibly versatile.
You can climb up and down steps, roll on rough terrain, unload semi-trailers, load and unload trucks and vans, stack pallets and manoeuver in tight spaces.
Just about! Available from the accessories range, is the Portable Aluminium Stairs, which can be used on all models from the Heavy Duty Stairclimbing Range to help climb on and off utes, trucks, and vans (depending on the height of the tray above road level).
Just drill two five sixteenths holes through tray on the inside of your tailgate, and the pins fit right in.
We have five different height sizes available:
PS-21: 21″ (53.5cm) to suit small vans
PS-29: 29″ (74cm) to suit small vans and utes
PS-34: 34″ (86.5cm) to suit 1 tonne utes
PS-41: 41″ (104cm) to suit small trucks
PS-44: 44″ (112cm) to suit large trucks
Yes! – The large rubber wheels do not touch the edge of the step and lands very gently on the step as it goes down.
The lifting cams on the machine automatically lift the large rubber wheels up and over the edge. On the way back up, they also lift the wheels over the edge and set the wheels down exactly in the same place as they were when it went down the other direction. This is why you never hear of one of these model stairclimbing machines breaking the edge off a step, because it never puts weight on the edge of a step.
Normal non-powered handtrucks would roll all the way to the edge of the step.
Not likely! – Everything that touches the steps with the stairclimber is soft rubber.
We have rubber wheels, rubber V-belt glide belts, and soft polyurethane lifting feet. The V-belts maintain contact with the step, although they do no lifting they prevent it from scratching the steps.
The dual lifting feet on the stairclimber put the same amount of pressure on the steps as the large rubber wheels do. This is because they are the same width as the wheels and have the same amount of surface area. It is interesting to note that some of the older machines in the range only had a single lifting foot in the middle rather than the two that we have now.
The reason that it was changed is so that the operator wouldn’t have to balance the load in a sideways direction. However, there are still a lot of these older units still in use and they still work fine with no damage to the steps.
Yes! – Because the lifting feet on these stairclimbers push straight down on the step with a vertical thrust, it can climb any type of step surface. You can climb waxed wood and wet tile. It can even climb a Teflon step.
Teflon is the slipperiest substance made by man. This is because you never know what kind of surface you may encounter.
Simply call us! – The machines are made out of a lightweight aluminium modular construction, however, all the moving parts are steel. All the parts on the machine are easily replaceable by the operator in the field.
The inventor of these stairclimbing machines had over 25 years of experience repairing typewriters, copiers, coin operated machines etc. and in so, designed the machines to have an open architecture for quick, cleaner, easier maintenance.
The complete stairclimbing mechanism can be removed for easy service in minutes.
We have a variety of Options and Accessories available!
To see what we have available, simply visit our Options and Accessories tab.
Simply contact us! – We will answer any questions you have regarding the Stairclimbing Handtruck and Forklift range.