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What are some of the benefits of the Escalera versus other similar stair climbing hand trucks?

1) 1 year warranty vs 90 day

2) Up to 1200lb capacity vs 850 lbs

3) Modular design vs welded (allows you easily replace parts easily if necessary)

4) Overload protection through v-belt instead of direct drive

5) Escalera specializes in manufacturing the electric stairclimbers, so if you have any customer support needs it will be a much smoother process

6) Price Point, Because they specialize in these stair climbers they move much more volume, which gets you a much better price. Depending on the model, you will save anywhere from $500 to $1200!!

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Frequenly Asked Questions about the Escalera Staircat

Will the Escalera Staircat climb all kinds of steps?

The Escalera has a unique mechanism for stair climbing, and it adjusts automatically for varying heights of steps. You can ascend all the way up to a curb that's ten inches high, or you can go all the way down just a quarter of an inch high level. The operator won't have to do any kind of adjustment. It's fascinating to note that the Escalera will climb a high step at the same speed that it does a low step. There are lifting cams on the Escalera that need to come around to the point that they locate a low step. Outside of just ascending thresholds, you can also climb a big crack in the sidewalk. It will just lift the wheel up, and it will hop right over the edge.

How do you manage the operation of an Escalera?

The Escalera operating instructions are placed on a decal on the cross area. Just roll the hand truck to the point that the V-belts reach the step, make sure that the lifting feet come back ground, make contact with the step, move the unit back and then hit on the switch in the up orientation. To make it go down, you move the switch in the other direction. However, you have to position the wheel in the identical place it landed on the way up. Note, it has to lift the wheels up, and then it goes over the edge, and then it's on its way down.

How fast does the Escalera climb steps?

The 700lb capacity models climb a single step once every four seconds or so. The 1, 200 pound models go a little bit slower, and it climbs one step in six seconds, and so it takes around one minute for each flight of stairs.

Do I have to be concerned about the steps getting damaged when using an Escalera?

The Escalera's wheels are six inches, and they don't touch the step edges. The Escalera will land exceedingly gently on each step as it descends. There are lifting cams on the device that lift the six inch wheels up and over each edge. On the journey back up each step, they will lift the wheels up and over the edge, and they will set the wheels down in the exact same spot as they once were when it descended down in the other direction The Escalera will lift the load up and over every edge, and it will never really land on the edge. With a handtruck that's non-powered, like a normalize, the six-inch wheels would the full span all the way to each step's edge. That is the reason that you will never read about an Escalera breaking a step edge off, because it doesn't ever put any of its weight onto any step.

What is the battery life on an Escalera?

Once you've gone up approximately 78 steps fully on the way up, and then you've gone back down once more, the voltage will start to drop off. It will drop off very gently, and it will lose about a volt for each flight of steps. Once the battery voltage goes down, the Escalera will climb more slowly, and this will give the operator a kind of warning so that he can recharge the battery too.You can also get an upgraded battery which will give you almost double the life of the standard battery!

There is a gearbox on the Escalera that is very energy-efficient, and even if it has a completely dead battery, and you don't have the full amount of power to ascend the entire span of the stairway, you will never not have a good amount of power to get back down it again, so that always puts you in a safe position. There is a regular battery that comes with the Escalera, and it's a 17 amp per hour battery too. It is a leak-proof battery that is sealed, and it can be put into any orientation, and it can also be shipped through the UPS.

Will the Escalera climb on surfaces that are slippery?

There are lifting feet on the Escalera that make a pushing motion straight into the step, and they use a vertical thrust to do it. The Escalera can climb up any kind of surface. You can climb onto a three hundred pound ice block, icy curb, wet tile, and waxed wood. The Escalera can even climb up onto a step made of Teflon. The slipperiest substance that a man can make is Teflon, and that's what Escaleras can climb on. The Stair Climber is very popular in areas that are mountainous as well. The reason is that homes often have several steps. The StairClimber can go up a snow-covered or ice-covered step. There was one customer that was very proud, and he said that his Escalera could get into more places than his 4-wheel drive car could get.

What else can I do with my Escalera?

These units are extremely versatile. You can climb down and up steps. You can roll around on rough terrain. You can unload onto semi-trailers. You can unload and load onto vans or pickups. There are stack pallets too. You can also maneuver into tight quarters. Take a look at the Escalera Moving Loads Page.

How does the Escalera work?

This stairclimbing gearbox is incredibly efficient. The gearbox with just three reductions can achieve a two hundred to one ratio for the gear. We use ball-bearings and hardened gears throughout it. The double 4, 000 lb. test lifting chains each use a separate pair of lifting feet that are made out of soft polyurethane.

What should I do if I need parts for my Escalera?

There is a lightweight modular construction that is aluminum, but all the moving parts are made out of steel. All of the Escalera parts are easily replaced by the field operator out in the field, and all the parts are shipped on the same day that the orders come in.

The Escalera StairClimber inventor had more than two decades of experience fixing typewriters, copiers, and coin machines. He made the Escalera with easy maintenance and open architecture. The full stairclimbing mechanism can be taken out for easy maintenance in a couple of minutes too.

How does the Escalera balance itself?

When you look at the video dissolve, you'll see that the balance for the Escalera is identical on the stairway, the same way it is on the ground. On a complete stairway, the Escalera operator has a lot of room to sit up in a comfortable position. The Escalera weight is distributed ideally. There is a balance point that goes directly through the middle of the load with a fulcrum point that is down near the lifting feet. On a small heavy load similar to the safe, you can accomplish the identical perfect balance lifting the load up on the forks. Once more, your center of gravity will go straight through the load with lifting feet and fulcrum point down by each other.

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