Owners operating instructions
Minivator 1000 series
Features of your Minivator 1000
Key Switch
Lift will not operate unless key is inserted and turned
2. On/Off Switch
Lift will not operate unless it is switched on
3. Operating Lever
To move in the direction you wish to travel
4. Fold Away
To save space when the stairlift is not in use.
5. Seat Swivel Levers
Push down or pull up to swivel it around to help with your movement
6. Lap belt
Must be fastened before you set lift into operation
7. Hand control
Can be wall mounted as shown or carried
8. Sensitive safety edges
Safety device in place to ensure stairlift stops if obstacle in way
9. Hinged track (Option)
10. Minivator 1000 ‘Perch version’ (Option)
British Standards
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Minivator have been accredited as conforming
to the international standard of manufacturing,
recognised by the award of ISO 9001.
All Minivator stairlifts are built and designed to
comply to the British Standard for stairlifts
(BS5776) : 1996 as well as ISO 9386-2 and
also carry the CE mark.
Minivator are audited regularly to ensure we
continue to conform to ISO 9001 and this
provides you with the assurance of using a
high quality and well manufactured product.
Thank you for selecting a Minivator stairlift.
Please read these operating instructions
carefully. Your Minivator stairlift has been
designed and built with careful attention to
detail. In order to obtain many years of
trouble free use please follow the
instructions, paying particular attention to the
care and maintenance requirements.
Minivator recommend that you do not
undertake maintenance tasks other than
routine care and cleaning explained in this
Please contact your Minivator dealer or our
Customer Service Department on
01384 408700 if your stairlift requires
attention and we would be pleased to help
Features of your Minivator 1000
Important information about your stairlift which should be completed by the installation engineer.
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Operating your Minivator
Key Switch
Your Minivator stairlift is fitted with a key
switch (Fig. 2).
The stairlift cannot be operated unless the
key is inserted and turned to the operating
The keyswitch is provided to enable
you to lock the stairlift to prevent it
being used by others (for example
However it can be left in the operating
position if desired.
If you remove your key for safety
reasons, please ensure you put it in a
safe place.
Fig. 2
On/Off switch
On/Off switch and indicator lamp
(Seat in 90º rotated position)
As well as a key switch your stairlift is fitted
with an Off/On switch (Fig. 3) on the front
panel of the lift (below the seat).
Ensure that this is left in the ‘ON’
position which is indicated by the
green light being illuminated.
Fig. 3
Operating your Minivator
Operating lever
Before using your stairlift, MOST
IMPORTANTLY please ensure the stairs are
clear of other people, pets or any objects
which may obstruct your stairlift. Then next,
ensure arms, footplate and seat are folded
down for use, as in the interests of your
safety, the stairlift will not operate if they are
not in their operating position (Fig. 5).
Operating lever:
Push in the
direction you
wish to travel
Your Minivator stairlift is operated by simply
pressing and holding the operating lever in
the direction you wish to travel (Fig. 4). The
stairlift will automatically stop when the switch
is released or the stairlift has reached the
end of its travel.
In the interest of safety, initial activation of
the stairlift is delayed by 1 second from
pressing and holding the operating lever, to
avoid accidental operation. If the switch is
released while the lift is in motion, the lift will
stop and a delay of 1 second will occur before
the switch will re-start the lift.
Fig. 4
The stairlift will not
operate with armrests
or footrest folded up
When changing the direction of travel the
delay will be 3 seconds before the lift begins
to move
Fig. 5
Operating your Minivator
Hand Control
Move lift up
The hand control (Fig. 6) is used to call the
lift to either the top/bottom of the stairs or to
operate a powered folding hinge where fitted.
The control may also be used as an attendant
control where the user is unable to operate
the stairlift themselves.
Please note the hand control can be wall
mounted, if required.
Note:- the stairlift must be in its normal
operating position (i.e unfolded) before
the hand control will work.
The attendant should always remain
off the staircase until the stairlift is
Move lift down
Park and lift folding rail *
Hinge track up *
Hinge track down *
Move lift up
Move lift down
Park and lift folding rail *
Hinge track up *
Hinge track down *
Fig. 6
Folding your stairlift
Your Minivator 1000 seat, armrests and
footrest can be folded to allow easier
passage up and down stairs when it is not in
use (Fig. 7).
Fig. 7
* Where a powered hinged track is fitted
Operating your Minivator
Operating the Swivel.
(Not on perch models)
Push or pull either
lever to swivel the
A swivel seat is provided to enable you to
mount/dismount the seat more easily at the
top or bottom of the stairs by swivelling you
on to the landing.
To operate the seat swivel, wait until
the stairlift has stopped.
The lever (Fig. 8) needs to be held up or
down whilst you start to swivel. If you release
the swivel lever, the seat will lock first at 45º,
then at 90º.
You should not attempt to leave the seat until
it as firmly ‘clicked’ into its locking position
(Fig. 9).
Fig. 8
Swivel the seat without the lap belt fastened.
Mount or dismount the swivel seat unless it
is locked in position
Try and operate the swivel seat whilst the
stairlift is in motion. (As a safety precaution,
should you try to use it whilst the lift is in
motion, it will cause the lift to stop).
Use the swivel seat to travel up or down the
staircase in the correct position (i.e. facing
directly across the staircase).
Fig. 9
Push or pull either
lever to swivel the
Operating your Minivator
Hinged Track - Powered (Optional)
In some installations a hinged track (Fig. 10),
option may be necessary, usually to move
the track out of the way of the doorway at
the foot of the stairs.
Before raising the hinged track use the hand
control (Fig. 11) to park the stairlift on the
charge points, above the hinge, or at the top
of the stairs.
To raise/lower the hinge track, use the
buttons on your hand control (see Fig. 11).
The hinged track will raise/lower slowly and
stop when it locks into place. Your stairlift
will not work unless the track has been
Your hand control is fitted with a park button
(see Fig. 11) which will automatically move
the stairlift to the charge points, then raise
the track.
Wall mounted
hand control
Hinged track
in up position
Fig. 10
Leave the hinged track down when
the stairlift is not in use. If it
obstructs a doorway someone may
inadvertently walk into it.
Park button
Raise hinged track
Hinged Track - Manual (Optional)
Before raising the manual hinged track park
the stairlift on the charge points, above the
hinge, or at the top of the stairs.
Your stairlift will not work unless the
track has been lowered.
Lower hinged track
Fig. 11
Operating your Minivator
Trapped articles
Your stairlift is fitted with safety edges on the
bottom of the footrest and on the lift itself
which will stop the stairlift should any article
become trapped by the footrest.
To remove the article reverse the
stairlift away from the object then have
the object removed from the staircase.
Proceed on the stairlift as normal
Safety edges
Safety edges
Fig. 12
Emergency hand winding instructions
Hand winding knob
In the unlikely event that the lift has a total
power failure or runs on to the final track
stops there is an emergency hand winding
procedure. Please follow these steps:
1. Switch off the stairlift with the key.
2. Rotate the seat through 90º.
3. Remove the grommet from the top of
the power pack.
4. Insert the emergency hand winding
knob (Fig 13).
5. Turn the knob in the direction indicated
for the required movement.
6. When the desired position is reached
remove the hand winder, replace the
grommet, rotate the seat to the normal
position and switch the lift on.
If in any doubt contact your local Minivator
Approved dealer or ring Minivator direct on
01384 408700
Fig. 13
Safety and Servicing
Allow more than one person to use the stairlift
at any one time.
The maximum carrying capacity is 137kg
(21 stone).
We advise that your stairlift is serviced after
the first 6 months and thereafter AT LEAST
This work must be carried out by a competent
person, i.e a Minivator approved dealer.
If in doubt, please contact the Minivator
Service Department on 01384 408700.
Allow children to play on or with the stairlift.
Allow water to come into contact with the
components in the stairlift. If you have to
transport liquids DO SO WITH CARE.
Place objects in the track, or leave objects
on the stairs, where they could come into
contact with the lift in operation. Your stairlift
is fitted with sensitive side edges and
undertray on the footplate, which will
automatically stop the lift if it detects any
Use the stairlift without using the lap belt, or
any other safety belts or harnesses fitted.
Use the stairlift in a standing position unless
it has been specifically designed for this i.e.
perch model.
whilst the stairlift is in motion, and try to avoid
your feet hanging over the edges of the
Swivel the seat until the lift has come to a
stop at the top or bottom of the staircase.
Battery care and routine care and cleaning
Battery Care and Charging
Routine Care and Cleaning
Your Minivator stairlift is battery powered and
will continue to work for a period of time even
if you have a power cut. You should normally
be able to travel up and down the stairs at
least 10 times without needing to charge the
batteries, however you should always ensure
that there is sufficient lighting to allow safe
travel, especially at each end of the track
where you get on and off the lift.
After each journey the stairlift should
automatically park on the charge points at
the top or the bottom of the rail. To ensure
this happens keep the operating lever
engaged until the stairlift stops itself.
If a beeping sound occurs this indicates the
stairlift is not on its charge point.
If this happens drive the stairlift away from
the end of the track and back again until it
Before cleaning any part of your Minivator
stairlift, please ensure you have removed the
The Minivator stairlift is manufactured from
a variety of materials, all with easy “wipe
clean” surfaces. The seat and body covers
can be wiped over with a damp, NOT WET,
cloth and a small quantity of washing up
PLEASE DO NOT use abrasive
cleaners, bleach or solvent based
cleaners, as these will damage the seat.
To clean the track, first send the stairlift to
the top of the stairs. The track can be cleaned
with a damp cloth. When most of the track is
clean, move the stairlift to the bottom of the
stairs and finish cleaning the track making
sure that none of the cleaning debris falls on
to it.
Note: Always leave the stairlift on the
charge points when it is not in use.
To maintain your Minivator stairlift in good
mechanical order, it is recommended that
services are carried out by qualified service
Minivator, 82 First Avenue, Pensnett Estate, Kingswinford,
West Midlands DY6 7FJ, England.
Tel. +44(0)1384 408700. Fax. +44(0)1384 408719.
Email: sales@minivator.co.uk Website: www.minivator.co.uk
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