November 17, 2017
Chair arrived today. Could hear loose screws, not a good beginning. Box is nice and strong cardboard – no dents. Chair was wrapped in plastic bag. Loose screw, lock nut, screw sleeve and lock washer. Opened and checked out chair, assembled with screws and lock nuts with nylon locks. Many were loose so I tightened them. Right extension arm would not lock in the extended and retracted positions – lock pin missing. Ah, now I have accounted for the loose screw and sleeve – screwed it in as lock pin – works now. Left front arm back hinge loose and half pulled out. Ah, now I have accounted for lock washer and lock nut – reassembled left front arm and used lock washer and lock nut to secure to chair. Now all is working and chair functions.
I will use in a week and report on how well it works lifting a disable person up a tight flight of stairs with two turns.
11/25 – Have now used it to lift a male 150lbs. up a tight staircase with 2 turns. I raised my rating from 3 to 4 stars. It works pretty good. Handles at back of chair a little too high mounted. When you lift person up stairs you have to lift the chair higher to clear stair ledges. I might drill holes to reposition the handles 3-4 inches lower so your lift is a bit higher with arms fully extended. Also, the lower extended arms did not lift high enough in the upper position(arm sticking straight out at chair seat level). When we later brought the person down, I locked the front extended arms in the lower position. This brought the person higher making it much easier to clear the stair steps as we went down. Comment about the straps – kind of rough to the touch because made of woven plastic. I substituted a 8inch wide long cotton cloth(~11 ft long) with a sewn in elastic hook at both ends. Then I hooked it at the top corner of the chair and wrapped it spiral around the person and chair and ended it hook at the bottom. A nice comfortable secure “mummy”. No loose limbs.
Overall, I’d say the chair does work well. You do need two medium strong people to lift and control the chair from tilting. Using this was much easier than using the seated person in an arm chair and lifting them up. I’d say the unit does work and I’d recommend it to others that need to regularly transport a person up and down stairs.
December 28, 2017
I got this chair for my 90 year old mother who was bed-ridden upstairs and we wanted a way to move her downstairs. Unfortunately, she passed within days of receiving this and the seller was kind enough to provide a full refund including shipping costs. The only downside to the chair is the top bar on the headrest is very uncomfortable but we would have used a pillow when transporting. The chair is very light weight and folds up for storage. The lower handles extend out to make transporting easier. This is a good chair that we never got to use. Thumbs up on the seller for allowing us to return it.
December 5, 2018
I ordered the evacuation chair expecting an average quality product because of the affordable price. I was surprised to find that the construction and material used are actually very good. I was able to use the chair to move my old folk up and down stairs with relative ease. The front handle can be put in two different position. When it is in the up position, two persons can lift the chair on level ground comfortably. When the front handle is latched into the down position, two persons can lift the chair up or down stairs. The design is effective and simple to use. The chair can fold up any time with no effort. The chair also come with 3 safety constraints which I only need to use one. Overall: great value.
May 24, 2017
Mom can barely walk to the bathroom with assistance so it is impossible to get her up and down my stairs when she comes for a visit. Wanted to get her out of the house more for barbecues and such. My husband’s a firefighter and my daughter’s a paramedic. They suggested I get this. Works great. The only problem was the confusion with the straps; no instructions. My daughter helped me with that.
October 17, 2019
Used as intended to lift an immobile 160 lb man up a flight of stairs, to our complete satisfaction. The chair requires two people to lift even a small patient but with that requirement satisfied, it works perfectly. Ours arrived with all screws tight and everything ready to use immediately: Unfold the chair, fold out the handles, strap in the patient and you’re ready to go. The wheels at the back make it easy to move the patient to the stairs and the extendable arms ease the actual lifting. The pair of straps are not attached to the frame and this actually works okay as it gives you the flexibility to place them where you need them, or not at all. This was the perfect chair in the circumstance and it’s worth the price.
well made, works great, just what we needed,we have a three teared deck, with a total of 21 steps, two turns on them, would recommened to anyone looking for one.
July 28, 2017
We use this to get my father in law in and out of the house. It is easy to use and requires less effort than you would think.
I am a nurse. Material is very slippery on chair and back. When I tried several times to fold chair back to its position, horrible,horrible it would NOT FOLD DOWN! Unfortunately I am unable to send this back not able to spend the money for this weight.