The platform control tube, where the joystick is attached, has been redesigned to now have an appealing curve, giving it a sleek modern look.
The industrial look of the unfinished aluminum tread plate has been replaced by a coated textured floor plate, combining beauty with the added bonus of a non-slip surface. The thickness of the folding ramp has been increased from a .125-inch thick tread plate to a .160-inch thick plate to provide more stability for entering and exiting the platform.
The platform sides have also been redesigned. The old platform sides were constructed in a two-piece section with a standardized angle bracket attached to a 1/16-inch thick side plate. The new design incorporates a 1/4-inch thick solid platform side with an integrated angle bracket. The added thickness of the new design side plate makes for a more durable construction, exceeding ANSI standards. This feature is particularly important for durability of use, especially when the client is using a power wheelchair. Since “standard” angle brackets are no longer used, every platform side is now designed specifically for the stairway that it is being created for. Having the angle bracket integrated into the platform side allows ease of installation when installing the platform since the angle of the platform side plate is true to the angle of the stairway. The design still allows for a plus or minus 2-degree adjustment on the platform.
The undercarriage of the platform frame has also been modified to compliment the redesigned platform sides. The frame structure has been strengthened by going from the use of a 1 1/2- by 1 1/2- by 3/16-inch angle frame to a 1 1/2- by 3/16-inch square tubing undercarriage frame.
Butler Mobility has also recently updated the paint color choices for our line of inclined platform lifts, to include our platforms. Previously the two standard colors were beige and brown. Butler offers five new beautiful earth tone colors as standard colors at no additional charge.