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There are two different types of powered wheelchair lifts – electric wheelchair lifts and hydraulic wheelchair lifts. If you're deciding between the two, here are some of the differences.
Electric wheelchair lifts may be pre-wired models which will simply plug into an available 110 volt outlet. Electric wheelchair lifts allow you to use a back up battery in order to continue operation in case of a power outage. This type of wheelchair lift tends to be less expensive than its hydraulic counterpart.
Hydraulic wheelchair lifts use fluid pressure in order to power the lift. Hydraulics allow the lift to operate in a smooth motion, unmatched by the electric wheelchair lifts. You can also find a battery back up for hydraulic models in the event of a power failure.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|