In order for the seat to get low enough for the user to sit on, it is necessary for the track to extend beyond the staircase to the hall floor. Some houses will have a doorway close to the bottom of the stairs and the track may intrude across this. In these circumstances a hinged track should be fitted. This means that the track can be folded away from the doorway giving clear access.
The Minivator Simplicity, Simplicity+ and 1000 are available with a manual hinged track. This means you will need to raise and lower the track manually.
The Minivator 1000 and the Minivator 2000 are both available with an automatic hinged track. When operating the stairlift, the hinge will lift/lower automatically.
When the stairlift is not in use the hinge is folded by holding a button on the remote control which means you do not need to move the track yourself. When the button is pressed your stairlift moves up the track and parks, the hinge section then moves automatically leaving the doorway clear.