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Wheelchair and scooter hoists

Here we give key information on over 30 rear hoists for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, in order of the maximum weight they can lift. Two-way hoists are mainly for lighter wheelchairs, as they lift the chair up and down by power but you have to push the chair by hand to swing it into the car. Four-way hoists use power to swing the wheelchair or scooter into the car as well as to lift it up and down. For further information about the features of hoists and what to look for, see Hoists and lifts.

Overview of the scooter and wheelchair hoists available

Notes: These hoists are listed in the order of the maximum weight they can lift, from 40kg to 200kg. Prices may vary, depending on the supplier. The information below is for guidance only. Always check that the hoist is suitable for both your specific vehicle and your wheelchair. For contact details of suppliers of scooter and wheelchair hoists, click on the relevant links below or use our Search for contacts form.

Autoadapt Carolift 40

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 40kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £846 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: saloon, hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: fixed to hoist
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes
Weight of heaviest removable part: 11kg
Securing 2-way hoist: hoist folds flat

Autochair Mini-Hoist 40kg

Distributed by: Autochair
Max weight lifted: 40kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £1,450 / £1,495
Suitable vehicles: hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: attach karabiner to frame

Elap V40

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 40kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £805 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: saloon, hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: fixed to hoist arm, cordless option
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Lightweight Wheelchair Hoist

Distributed by: Steering Developments
Max weight lifted: 40kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £1206 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: saloon, hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no, folds
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Mini-Hoist

Distributed by: Techmobility
Max weight lifted: 40kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £650 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: saloon, hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm and actuator
Weight of heaviest removable part: 2.5kg-4.5kg
Securing 2-way hoist: lift off arm and secure

Wheelchair Hoist 40kg

Distributed by: Brig-Ayd Controls
Max weight lifted: 40kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £750 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: fixed to hoist arm
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no (it folds)
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: fold flat and secure

Adaptacar 70kg Wheelchair Hoist

Distributed by: Adaptacar
Max weight lifted: 70kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £1,334 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm
Weight of heaviest removable part: 17kg
Securing 2-way hoist: hook to eyelet on floor and raise with motor

Autochair Mini-Hoist 80kg

Distributed by: Autochair
Max weight lifted: 80kg
Price including fitting:
Fixed hoist:
(2-way/4-way): £1495 / £1,550
Folding hoist:
(2-way/4-way): £1550 / £1,595
Suitable vehicles: hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: attach karabiner to frame/folding model folds flat

Midi-Hoist

Distributed by: Techmobility
Max weight lifted: 80kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £825 / £1,090
Suitable vehicles: saloon, hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm and actuator
Weight of heaviest removable part: 2.5kg-4.5kg
Securing 2-way hoist: lift off arm and secure

Autoadapt Carolift 90

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 90kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1,586
Suitable vehicles: hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Autoadapt Carolift ASL-325

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 90kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £805 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: saloon, hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: fixed to hoist arm
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm
Weight of heaviest removable part: 6kg
Securing 2-way hoist: use motor to lower to floor and secure

Autochair Olympian Hoist 100kg

Distributed by: Autochair
Max weight lifted: 100kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1,695
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: 4kg
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Wheelchair Hoist 100kg

Distributed by: Brig-Ayd Controls
Max weight lifted: 100kg
Price including fitting (4-way): £1,1750
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired, cordless option
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm
Weight of heaviest removable part: 4kg
Securing 2-way hoist: use motor to lower to floor and secure

Adaptacar 120kg Wheelchair Hoist

Distributed by: Adaptacar
Max weight lifted: 120kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £1,255 / £1,606
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm
Weight of heaviest removable part: 17kg
Securing 2-way hoist: hook to eyelet on floor and raise with motor

Telescopic Wheelchair Hoist 120kg

Distributed by: Brig-Ayd Controls
Max weight lifted: 120kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £2,497
Suitable vehicles: estate, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm
Weight of heaviest removable part: 4kg
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Wheelchair Hoist 120kg

Distributed by: Brig-Ayd Controls
Max weight lifted: 120kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1,200
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired, cordless option
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm and motors
Weight of heaviest removable part: 5kg
Securing 2-way hoist: lower to floor and secure

Maxi-Hoist

Distributed by: Techmobility
Max weight lifted: 130kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £875 / £1,250
Suitable vehicles: saloon, hatchback, estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm and actuator
Weight of heaviest removable part: 2.5kg-4.5kg
Securing 2-way hoist: lift off arm and secure

Adaptacar 140kg Wheelchair Hoist

Distributed by: Adaptacar
Max weight lifted: 140kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £1,171 / £1,945
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm
Weight of heaviest removable part: 17kg
Securing 2-way hoist: hook to eyelet on floor and raise with motor

Autoadapt Carolift 140

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 140kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1,637
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Autochair Olympian Hoist 150kg

Distributed by: Autochair
Max weight lifted: 150kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1,895
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: 4kg
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Wheelchair Hoist 150kg

Distributed by: Brig-Ayd Controls
Max weight lifted: 150kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1, 275
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired, cordless option
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? yes, arm
Weight of heaviest removable part: 4kg
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Autoadapt Carolift 6000

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 180kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1,794
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no (it folds)
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Autoadapt Carolift 6900

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 180kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £2,546
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no (it folds)
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a
Notes: includes telescopic adjustment

Autoadapt Carolift VSL 570

Distributed by: Elap Mobility
Max weight lifted: 180kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): £1,291 / n/a
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no (it folds)
Weight of heaviest removable part: n/a
Securing 2-way hoist: fold flat and secure

Autochair Olympian Hoist 200kg

Distributed by: Autochair
Max weight lifted: 200kg
Price including fitting (2-way/4-way): n/a / £1,995
Suitable vehicles: estate, 4x4, MPV
Control type: handheld wired
Do you have to remove parts of the hoist? no
Weight of heaviest removable part: 4kg
Securing 2-way hoist: n/a

Last updated: February 2017


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