Wheelchair lifts are used for the transportation of wheelchairs. Automobiles equipped with automatic lifts are convenient because they remove uncomfortable chair transfer and the difficulties of loading and unloading a wheelchair.
There are two types of wheelchair lifts. The first is the platform wheelchair lift. There are both solid and folding wheelchair lifts that can be subcategorized into automatic and semi-automatic types. An automatic wheelchair lift will fold, unfold, lower and rise by operating a single switch. A semi-automatic wheelchair lift requires manual folding and unfolding of the platform.
The second type of wheelchair lifts is the rotary wheelchair lift. The rotary wheelchair lift sometimes called a “swing” lift, allows the wheelchair to be moved by swinging it inside, outside, and up and down. The rotary wheelchair lift normally is used in vans and mini-vans. Compatibility can be an issue when adding these types of wheelchair lifts to an automobile. Choosing the type of operation such as electric or hydraulic will also vary depending on your location. Extreme climates and temperatures may also determine the type of wheelchair lift you need.